Has Leonardo DiCaprio read Magna Carta?

September 25, 2014

From Peter Gregory

The IPA’s favourite head of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, thinks Magna Carta is important for protecting the rights of asylum seekers. The IPA’s favourite ABC Media Watch presenter, Jonathan Holmes, thinks Magna Carta is important for protecting the rights of suspected terrorists. Even a 27-year-old drunk driver in the UK cited Magna Carta when pulled over by police.

But research from the IPA’s Stephanie Forrest and Carla Schodde shows that, in keeping with their commitment to preparing young people for the future, Australian universities don’t teach it.

Now here’s a government program I could support! In his excellent speech in the Senate on Tuesday, David Leyonhjelm proposed an Other People’s Money Addicts Anonymous program for politicians.

Speaking of other people’s money, this report from last Friday is about an Australian public servant who took stress leave because she couldn’t find organic coffee with soy milk near her workplace (she should’ve gone with the Magna Carta defence).

If you thought climate change was over – it’s not. Hundreds of thousands of people attended the ‘People’s Climate March‘ in New York on Sunday. Reason TV interviewed some of the protesters in this short video. Go on, you know you want to. My favourite is the lady with flowers on her hat.

Roger Franklin attended the Melbourne version of the event and had this highly amusing piece in Quadrant. And Mark Steyn’s latest run-in from last week with ‘self-conferred Nobel laureate’ Michael Mann is just plain hilarious.

If you want something serious on climate change, this is a fascinating piece from the former undersecretary for science in Obama’s Energy Department in The Wall Street Journal last Friday.

You’ll have heard that Leonardo DiCaprio was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace – it was only a matter of time. I know Hey readers keep track of which celebrities get given which pointless UN titles, so test your skill with this Guardian quiz (I got 2 out of 9).

Dan Hannan in The Telegraph thanked God for Scotland’s ‘no’ vote. Whilst Theodore Dalrymple in The City Journal on Tuesday worried about the cost of victory and Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth in The Spectator wondered how David Cameron got the ‘no’ campaign so wrong.

This is an excellent new resource for Australian freedom-lovers – the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance’s Australian Liberty Calendar. It is a comprehensive database of all the pro-liberty events happening nationwide.

Contained in the calendar is the IPA’s upcoming event on Monday 6 October featuring Professor Frank Furedi in conversation with Nick Cater and John Roskam about ‘The Ultimate Freedom? Current and emerging threats to freedom of speech’. Details and registration here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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