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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 07:33 am
“There are no peculiarly Australian values that are worth enforcing,” writes the Age’s Terry Lane. Well, presumably aside from the peculiar values that allow gullible columnists to keep their jobs despite publishing old lies. Lane continues:
What makes Australia a desirable destination for migrants is the extent to which we believe in and enforce universal human values. Our values worth enumerating and preserving were set down in eloquent prose in 1948 by the authors of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These are the rules for living that transcend national prejudices and should be aspired to by decent, enlightened, civilised people everywhere. If only …
Article three sums up a fair go as: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” Except David Hicks, of course …
Articles five to nine say: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. (Except David Hicks.) Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law. (Except David Hicks.) All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. (Except David Hicks.)
And so on, and on. I’m in broad agreement with Lane; these rules should be aspired to by decent, enlightened, civilised people everywhere. If only David Hicks aspired to them.
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