Out in Dandenong, where many asylum seekers now reside, one woman has devoted her life to helping improve their quality of life in a unique way.
It is a bizarre circus for the unwell, a competitive market, each stall-holder trying to lift the public consciousness of a particular disease.
Capitalism celebrates individuals as independent creators of self-identity through the way we choose to conduct ourselves, the things we choose to buy, and particularly in the way we choose to dress.
The recent case of Baby Gammy has drawn attention to the ethical pitfalls posed by international surrogacy.
But the tragic truth is that in addition to counter-terrorism raids and airstrikes lasting days and weeks, we must prepare for a centuries-long ideological struggle with an enemy who is opposed to fundamental human rights.
While we were proposing to extend your liberty, we are now proposing not to do so, because this push for greater liberty is standing in the way of greater unity, and this greater unity will prove essential to our plans to chip away at your liberty.
Unfortunately, the insecurity fantasists, be they Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, or Prime Minister Tony Abbott, are in charge. According to Brandis, we live in a 'newly dangerous age'.
What would you think if police were to arrest a person who was peacefully standing on a public footpath in Australia while holding a sign quoting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
What we don't have is the practical ability to exercise that right to self-defence.
Who in the parliament will present a bill making it an offence to sing alternative verses to the National Anthem? Protocol is obviously not enough.
Resistance to usurped or tyrannical authority is an essential component of the rule of law formally recognised as such since the Magna Carta.
When we examine the elements of the Marriage Act it seems that none of them make any sense and in actual fact they probably never did.