Justice over Mercy in Matters of the Law

Shakespeare provides us with the finest characterisation of mercy. That ‘it is twice blessed: it blesseth him that gives and him that takes.’ Whilst this makes for a memorable soliloquy, the Bard omits from his description how it is only the party which has been wronged-against that can enact mercy for it to be of any worth. What we see in Queensland is the State Government having weakened laws and reduced sentences under the false guise of being merciful to criminals despite it not being its place to do so, making the goal of justice more difficult to attain.

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Australia should be a safehaven for Hongkongers

Just as the Fraser Government helped liberate refugees who fled Vietnam following the end of the Vietnam War, and as the Abbott Government offered the permanent settlement for 12,000 refugees escaping the tyrannical al-Assad regime, today Australia must continue our strong history of humanitarianism and offer the people of Hong Kong safe haven from the reach of the authoritarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

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The Value of Volunteering

In 1911, during the second annual Rotary convention, a conversation between Rotary founder Paul Harris and Seattle Rotarian J.E. Pinkham would ultimately inspire the service organisation’s principle motto – Service Above Self. The motto was later formally approved at the 1950 International Convention and, to this day, inspires generations of Rotarians to a life of service and selfless giving. The best of politics is also centred around these same ideals – serving your community, helping others, advocating for those without a voice, and doing what is right and honourable.

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The Challenges We Face

There can be no doubt, the start of this year has not been ideal. Between once in a generation bushfires, rapid flash flooding, devastating hail and now a global viral pandemic, it’s been a tough start to the year. Not only have these events been unprecedented, they have undoubtedly changed modern Australia. Whether we see a sharp exit from political norms is yet to be seen, but there can be no doubt that these events will influence our politics for decades to come.

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