The decision today by Rugby Australia’s tribunal to terminate the contract of Israel Folau should make the whole of Australia sit up, take notice, and be warned. The sacking of Folau marks the crystallisation of a movement in our society that many of us warned about in the run-up to the postal vote on marriage […]
But it’s not really a lack of understanding. It’s a lack of empathy and an unwillingness to seek to understand. The Supreme Court were abundantly clear and not hard to understand at all:
There was another baker down the road who would gladly bake his cake.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. I don’t believe in Freedom of Religion laws. I think they’re unhelpful and they actually undermine what we’re trying to achieve. However, before you get anxious that I’m somehow giving the game away let me explain… First, a video. Here’s one of my absolute favourite sequences from The West […]
I like going to the ice-cream shop. Or the gelataria (because, apparently, it’s better for me). Or even the frozen yogurt. I love looking through the myriad of options on display and marvelling at the creativity and variety of choice. I love it even though I (thoroughly steeped now in middle age) go back to […]
A handshake can be a powerful thing. I grew up learning that “a gentleman’s word is his bond” and that my handshake was the guarantee of that word. Handshakes symbolise the beginning or renewal of relationships so the refusal to shake hands can be seen as being anti-relationship and therefore insulting. This week I spent […]