Monica Wilkie

Why the pandemic secrecy and censorship?

11 January 2021 5:00 am

There is no justification for the uniquely high-level of secrecy the Australian government has maintained throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A…

How Australia failed the Covid-19 test

14 December 2020 5:00 am

As the wintery Northern Hemisphere suffers through a surge in coronavirus cases, Australians feel the relief of low numbers and…

How identity politics diminishes women

16 November 2020 4:06 pm

Identity politics undermines a person’s achievements and perpetuates the lie that immutable characteristics are the most important thing about a…

What’s benevolent about ‘benevolent surveillance’?

13 October 2020 1:20 pm

Governments have shown a disturbing desire to control the behaviour of their citizens with technology. The NSW government intends to…

Our decision making ghosts

28 September 2020 12:00 pm

When it comes to making decisions, the Victorian hotel quarantine disaster shows neither politicians nor public servants seem to know…

Good leaders minimise fear and explain their responses to a crisis. We’ve seen the opposite

2 September 2020 5:35 pm

Framing the coronavirus response as freedom vs. tyranny is counterproductive, because the government has so successfully stoked fear in Australians.…

Wrongthink will be autocorrected

22 June 2020 4:00 pm

In response to the BLM movement, comedy, film and beer have been ‘cancelled’ due to their ‘problematic’ nature. The latest…

We also need an endgame to help corona cabin fever

22 April 2020 3:11 pm

The government needs to provide more details for their lockdown exit strategy. The lockdowns have isolated people, increased stress and…

Tracking a pandemic: an unacceptable invasion of privacy

16 April 2020 3:30 pm

The federal government’s plan to use a voluntary tracking app to monitor our movements – in an attempt to stem…

Doctor Woke

17 January 2020 12:01 am

Fiction has become a medium for writers and actors to treat their audience as morally inferior dolts in need of…

We don’t trust government? Good!

16 December 2019 5:00 am

The latest Australian Election Survey has found trust in government is at an all-time low, and our pollies and pundits…

How woke workplaces make us big babies

29 October 2019 5:00 am

Businesses have “gone too far” in telling people how to live their lives, according to Attorney-General Christian Porter. His comments were sparked…

Ita fails the ABC of race relations

14 October 2019 11:06 am

ABC chair Ita Buttrose laments that the Australian media landscape is “too white” and not representative of our multicultural society.…

Don’t kill free speech to kill hate speech

4 October 2019 5:00 am

Flawed ‘hate speech’ laws are a threat to free speech. The best way to protect minorities – while also properly…

Does the Human Rights Commission really believe in guilty until found innocent?

17 September 2019 5:00 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s recommendations for discrimination law reform — which look like they wish to reverse the onus…

The biggest threat to our democracy is government, not social media

30 July 2019 5:00 am

Social media has been blamed for an epidemic of damaging misinformation that has supposedly poisoned political discourse. But the real…

Queensland: trying to ban itself into good health

10 July 2019 12:45 pm

The Queensland government has announced it will ban junk food advertising at government-owned sites such as train stations and bus…

Who’s winning? Follow the (crowd-funding) money

8 July 2019 5:00 am

Crowdfunding sites are a barometer of public opinion. Divisive political events might make for great media headlines and social media…

We can’t pick and choose when freedom maters

18 June 2019 7:59 am

The AFP raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist are alarming, but the discussion needs to go beyond…

Social media doesn’t equal votes

4 June 2019 3:31 pm

The impact of social media on politics is a contentious topic. Some argue social media harms political discourse, journalism, and…

Israel Folau, Rugby Australia and how tolerant should we be of intolerance?

12 May 2019 5:42 pm

The Israel Folau case has brought up a crucial question our society has asked before, and will undoubtedly ask again.…

Free speech vs hate speech

29 March 2019 12:52 pm

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to stopping hate speech, expressing his concern at what he…

When gender activism masquerades as good HR

27 February 2019 2:25 pm

The university thought police have developed a new tool to ensure their students think correctly. Clubs at the University of…

The problem with ‘hate speech’ laws

21 February 2019 3:27 pm

When Facebook posts lead to Federal Court proceedings, a parliamentary inquiry, and a bankruptcy, something has gone seriously wrong with…

No basis in bias science

13 September 2018 12:34 pm

News that the Australian Taxation Office has been running unconscious bias training courses raises the question: why are taxpayers footing the bill…