Monthly Archives: March 2017

Episode 89 – 28 March 2017

A special episode where The Iron Fist chats with Venerable Alex.

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Feel Free To Insult Me

(This is a piece I wrote in January 2015 in preparation for a submission to The Secular Party)

A Proposed Policy for Freedom of Speech

My intention is to explore:

  1. A rational philosophical approach to Freedom of Speech laws
  2. The current Freedom of Speech laws in Australia and Queensland
  3. Whether amendments are warranted;

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Episode 88 – 22 March 2017

0:52 There is renewed discussion over S.18c. A plan to replace “insult, offend or humiliate” with “harass”.

10:11 Pakistan is not happy with the amount of blasphemy on Facebook and have asked Facebook for names and details of blaspheming Pakistanis.

11:43 The BBC asked what is the right punishment for blasphemy.

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Episode 87 – 16 March 2017

Hugh Harris joins the podcast.

00:51 Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

5:38 Mormon church baptising thousands of dead Victorians – atheist or not

8:15 By promoting diversity over fighting ability the Army is alienating its warriors

18:08 Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

24:36 What do Coopers beer,

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Identity Politics

We should thank Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

We were uneasy about identity politics but we were reluctant to criticise it. Somewhere in the recesses of our minds we worried that perhaps our doubts were evidence of a suppressed racism we reluctantly still harboured.

But her notions of culture and identity are so misguided that we can now see them for what they are and more importantly,

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Religious Instruction Classes – Tell us your war stories

Have you had a bad experience with religious instruction classes? Was your child enrolled without your consent or was your child shuffled off to a broom closet and ostracised for not joining the religious instruction class?

Have you attended a P&C meeting to question the extra funding paid to the school chaplain only to find that you are ostracised for daring to question the value of the “chappy”?

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Episode 86 – 8 March 2017

1:12 A tool to force people to read an article before they can comment on an article.

2:42 Some pharmacies in the UK want to be able to refuse to supply contraceptives. The 12th Man’s friend asked for extra large condoms in Japan.

6:20 Pauline Hanson thinks Putin is a great guy and vaccinations should be optional.

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Episode 85 – 1 March 2017


Hugh Harris is back.


Indigenous football teams such as the NRL Indigenous All Stars – are they a good or a bad thing?

The Royal Commission into child abuse. What will they recommend? What won’t they recommend? Will anything change?

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