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Menzies House is the leading online Australian community for conservative, centre-right and libertarian thinkers.
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Dear Readers, At long last the Menzies House relaunch is almost upon us! Thank you for your patience as our website has been down in the interval due to a number of unforseen technical issues that occured to ensure the preservation of our archives. As all our loyal readers know, Menzis House is one of Australia's biggest and best online communities catering for the centre-right community. While we have a team of quality writers, Menzies House prides itself on offering a platform for regular people to get involved in the debate. If you have something you want to say, please... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Menzies House
Until 2011, students majoring in English at UCLA had to take one course in Chaucer, two in Shakespeare, and one in Milton —the cornerstones of English literature. Following a revolt of the junior faculty, however, during which it was announced that Shakespeare was part of the "Empire," UCLA junked these individual author requirements. It replaced them with a mandate that all English majors take a total of three courses in the following four areas: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; genre studies, interdisciplinary studies, and critical theory; or creative writing. In other words, the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 4, 2014 at Menzies House
Michael Levitt argues reforming Self Managed Super Fund legilsation, particularly as applies to art, to remove the "excessive and intrusive Governmental regulation, a nanny state mentality, absurd economics, selective discrimination against the art industry and Mao-style cultural censorship": I strongly support the Government’s right to encourage investment for the purposes of retirement by offering tax concessions for legitimate superannuation investments. Yet, despite creating these tax concessions, the Government remains uncomfortable about providing them. They seem to regret the loss of tax revenue, especially where an SMSF director also uses the investment for immediate and pragmatic benefit. In order to eliminate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Menzies House
It is a simple statement of fact that, in terms of euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation, so-called safeguards never live up to their hype nor promise, writes Paul Russell Some have wryly observed that no law ever stops people from breaking said law, no matter what the subject matter. True enough; but few laws deal with the finality of death. This is effectively an admission that safeguards are never safe – abuse will happen. The trouble is that euthanasia and assisted suicide laws give licence, in supposed prescribed circumstances, for the laws against homicide to be breached. We’re effectively saying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Menzies House
We are delighted to learn today that Tim Wilson has just been appointed as the new Human Rights "Freedom" Commissioner! Tim Wilson is a great friend of taxpayers and a long-standing and fearless advocate for freedom. This is a great appointment and we look forward to Tim Wilson spearheading the fight to win back our freedoms in his new position! TVA Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2013 at Menzies House
Tim Andrews brings back his roundup of the weird and wacky news from around the world in Best Of The Web: Amazon promises book delivering drones, telemarketers are no long from india, they're now robots - denying they're robots! But the US Government still uses floppy disks... World's top chef's reveal the most overrated and underrated meats The rich and proud history of 'lowbrow conservatism' A 10 year old boy suspended from school for violating the "zero tolerance" policy by shooting an imaginary arrow Another study finds no link between secondhand smoke and cancer Spies are now "searching for terrorists"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Menzies House
Now, at first I thought this was a hoax. But it appears it isn’t. Apparently a fellow writing into a Jihadi chat show wants to do “martyrdom operations.” The sheikh he talked to says they’ve got a great new technique to blow up infidels. We hide explosives up your butt. There’s just one hitch. You’ve got to be repeatedly sodomized in order to be able to accommodate the explosive. So, the questioner wants to know if it is permissible for him to be regularly rogered, if doing so makes his posterior more amenable to hiding explosives. The fellow on camera,... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 11, 2013 at Menzies House
GOVERNMENT spending rose almost 50 per cent faster than growth in the economy under the Labor government, even after excluding its stimulus spending, a study by the Parliamentary Budget Office has found. via Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 10, 2013 at Menzies House
The Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC discusses the rise of "bullshit rights" and how these lead to the detriment of real rights: Saturday night in Canberra is a great night for baseball. But imagine my surprise when, upon turning up to the game, an earnest young thing in a blue t-shirt emblazoned with ‘Youth for Human Rights’ thrusts a pamphlet labelled ‘What Are Human Rights?” into my hands? “Oh dear”, was my first thought. But into the back pocket it went and no further thought was given until the ground announcer who – giving the sound of having had a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at Menzies House
Sherry Sufi argues that the passing of the Same Sex Relationships Act and the lack of institutional discrimination against same-sex couples demonstrates that the battle for the equality of treatment for gays and lesbians has already been won in Australia, and the government redefining marriage is "a perfidious and futile attack on language" Rigorous debate over the status of same-sex relationships has come to pervade Australia's national consciousness in recent years. The far-left demands that gay and lesbian couples be included within the existing definition of marriage and a 'no' for an answer usually leads to emotional outbursts coupled with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Menzies House
A few days ago, the Washington Post listed 16 U.S. cities that foreign governments issue travel warnings about due to their high levels of crime. With policing a responsibility of local government in the United States, I decided to look up the mayors of these cities. Do you notice a pattern? Boston: Thomas Merino (Democrat) New York: Michael Bloomberg (Independent), Mayor Elect Bil de Blasio (Democrat) Washington DC: Vincent Gray (Democrat) Baltimore: Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Democrat) Richmond: Dwight Clinton Jones (Democrat) Pittsburgh: Luke Ravenstahl (Democrat) Mayor Elect Bill Peduto (Democrat) Cleveland: Frank G Jackson (Democrat) Detroit: Davd Bing (Democrat), Mayor-Elect Mike... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Menzies House
In the return of one of our most popular columns, Tim Andrews brings back his roundup of the weird and wacky news from around the world in Best Of The Web: A new "reverse microwave" can chill drinks in under 45 seconds! Want to prepare for the Zombie Apololypse in style? Then this is the house for you! How Famous 20th Century Headlines would read if they were published today. Leftists at the University of Georgia protest excellence and success. Really. You can now buy shares in professional atheletes. Humour: You've all seen clips of TED talks, here's a DED... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Menzies House
It is with great pleasure that I announce: ANDY IS BACK! With his unique and hard-hitting non-nonsense commentary and analysis, Andy Semple was one of the favourite (and most-controversial!) of our Menzies House Editors, and we are very, very glad that he will be back to posting his commentary and analysis and helping Geoff and the other editors out! So: WELCOME ANDY! Tim Andrews Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2013 at Menzies House
The United Nations European headquarters in Geneva has covered up a historic wall carving of a naked man to avoid offending the Iranian government on the eve of nuclear negotiations, the Tribune de Geneve reported today. “The Creation of Man”, a marble carving which features a man reclining in the nude, has reportedly been covered with a curtain to accommodate the modest sensibilities of Iranian delegates. The move has sparked outrage from a human rights watchdog group, which called on the U.N. to “stop this dangerous kowtowing to Iran’s fundamentalist regime, an ominous sign as negotiations begin.” “Today the U.N.... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 14, 2013 at Menzies House
Thousands are dying of starvation in the criminal North Korean regime. A third of children are so malnourished they have stunted growth. People are so desperate for food that they are resorting to canibalism. This is the regime that our insane leftist nanny statists want to emulate. Gareth Morgan is one of New Zealand’s leading advocates for a so-called “fat tax”. Fresh from a visit to North Korea, this is what he had to say: He’s barely off the plane after a 40,000-kilometre ride across Russia and Korea. Controversy trailed after him like his billowing motorcycle exhaust, with critics accusing... Continue reading
Reblogged Oct 2, 2013 at Menzies House
A man who openly masturbated on a Stockholm beach has been acquitted of sexual assault in court after it was ruled he was not targeting a specific person, with the prosecutor saying it's "okay" to play with yourself in public. The incident occurred on June 6th at the Drevviken beach when the man removed his shorts and began masturbating close to the water. He was subsequently charged with sexual assault. The Södertörn District Court has now acquitted the 65-year old in a judgement which stated that it "may be proven that the man exposed himself and masturbated on this occasion".... Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 19, 2013 at Menzies House
The Abbott government has abolished the Climate Commission, which had been established to provide public information on the impacts and potential solutions to global warming. Environment Minister Greg Hunt rang chief climate commissioner Tim Flannery at 10am on Thursday to tell him the body had been shut down. via Excellent news! Continue reading
Reblogged Sep 18, 2013 at Menzies House
Menzies House Publisher Tim Andrews argues that this Saturday, Kevin Rudd has got to go: Every day this week I’ve been getting the same sort of emails: “Saturday won’t matter, they’re all the same, nothing will change, why should I bother”. This argument is flat out wrong and you should reject it for one simple reason: The current Federal Government has advanced the greatest assault on individual freedoms and sound economic management we have seen in over three decades. As you would be well aware, I have frequently criticised Tony Abbot some of his plans, such as PPL and his... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at Menzies House
That’s it! Sorry Sky News, apologies to the ABC, don’t bother We’re calling it first. Sportsbet has declared the federal election a one-horse race and we’re paying out all bets on the Coalition nine days before Australia goes to the polls. We’re so confident of a landslide Coalition victory for Tony Abbott and his team, we’ve paid out more than $1.5 million in bets to our members – a first in Australian federal election history. Following last night’s third and final debate between the two leaders, the Coalition is at Black Caviar-like odds ($1.03) to claim government. The only... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 28, 2013 at Menzies House
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Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Menzies House
Vikas Nayak argues we need to accept reality and end the subsidies to Holden: You know, I was just enjoying a nice relaxing Saturday afternoon when I catch on an hourly news update for the 6 o’clock news that our dear leader KRudd announced a $2 billion industry assistance package for Holden over 10 years. Now, the engineer in me immediately works out “hang on, that’s like $400k per worker” (in reality its actually $315656.57 per worker, apparently I underestimated Holden’s 6336 strong workforce). If you work that out, it chalks up to $31,565.66 of industry assistance per worker per... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Menzies House