Magazine article Review - Institute of Public Affairs

Strange Times

Magazine article Review - Institute of Public Affairs

Strange Times

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Ground breaking gay rights

An Israeli politician, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas party has blamed a recent stint of earthquakes on parliament's passing of legislation concerning homosexuals. The politician claims that earthquakes could be simply avoided if parliament stopped 'passing legislation on how to encourage homosexual activity in the state of Israel, which anyway brings about earthquakes.' He sites the example of a quake in February which occurred two days after a ruling passed allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. 'Why do earthquakes happen?' he asks, One of the reasons is the things to which the Knesset (parliament) gives legitimacy, to sodomy.'

Tasmanian's are not all related 'legally'

Perhaps in an attempt to fight back against the discriminatory stereotype that everyone in the state is related, it appears that in Tasmania children and parents are not considered 'related persons' for land tax purposes.

When investigating whether a parent could claim principal place of residence exemption on a property they bought for their son the response from the tax department was 'No-Under the land tax legislation, children are not "related persons" and therefore, unless your son is an owner of at least 50% of the property, the land is taxable. The definition of "related persons" in the Act [Land Tax Act 2000] does not include children or parents.' This presumably is a consequence of the long anticipated breakdown of the traditional family. …

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