Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Libertarian Ideals Copping a Caning

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Libertarian Ideals Copping a Caning

Article excerpt

I WILL never be a supporter of capital punishment.

I will never accept that Australians should sit on death row in foreign prisons.

I will never advocate turning away those seeking asylum in our lucky country, or government control over freedom of speech, or intolerance for those of different cultures, religions or beliefs.

Some things simply matter too much.

That said, I find myself getting tougher as I get older.

I don't know if it's because I've entered Grumpy Old Woman territory or because perhaps age brings with it a certain degree of wisdom, but lately I've been looking at thugs who hold up shops and the unemployed who make no effort to engage in meaningful activity and wonder if a year of mandatory service in the army might not be such a bad thing after all.

I look at teenage girls having babies and wonder why we throw so much money at enabling them to keep their children instead of encouraging those who are not yet ready for the huge burden of parenthood to adopt out to those many desperate and loving people trying to start a family.

I look at children with no respect for police, for their teachers, for the law, for public property, for themselves, and wonder whether we have lost the plot in terms of discipline.

Okay, I'm hardly about to become a member of the ahang aa[approximately]em higha brigade, but I do feel my civil libertarian tendencies are losing some of their resolve.

I felt them softening even more this week when I read of another inquiry into police activity; this time into the death of a young man shot dead after a lengthy chase and alleged efforts to attack officers with a knife.

It is only right and just that an investigation be conducted. Police action must be transparent and the young man's poor family must see that all action taken was according to the book. …

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