AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVES is a commentary on world events from an Australian perspective, of a world where nearly everything is interlinked – politics, law, economics, culture and media. As the technological revolution continues, the communication channels for ideas are not limited to whatever tradition has demanded for anyone and, in particular, for Australians. No longer an outpost reliant on the re-transmission of selected information, the internet has brought the Information Highway right to its door.
This is necessary in an era when mainstream or “legacy” channels of communication are increasingly brought into question under various grounds and – even more critical – carrying with it the most serious of consequences for freedom of expression are the increasing attempts to limit or even block speech and free expression. Whether this is through the device of identity politics, political correctness or new strictures against what seems to be some highly subjective definition of “hate speech”, Australian Perspectives will always hold the line against it. As Australia doesn’t have the good fortune to have an equivalent of the great United States 1st Amendment guaranteeing free speech, Australian Perspectives will do its utmost to provide commentary which best assists that ideal to be achieved.
The world – and especially the west – faces pressures not seen for decades, which seem to have the potential to put the whole cohesion of western culture at risk. Our Institutions and learning of centuries, even the very principles of the Enlightenment itself, are under serious attack from powerful forces of ignorance. Any writers for this blog will stand in the way and refuse to bend the knee to any of them.
Australian Perspectives is not and cannot be limited by any party or static ideological label, because none exists which would cover or limit its range or openness to ideas. As will be seen by a consistent approach to ideas, its attitude to policy questions will mean that the word “conservative” more approximates our point of view on the great questions of today, but freedom of thought, freedom of speech and personal liberty are essential parts of our philosophy. The platform will be open to any others who hold like views.Follow