Rocco Loiacono

The People’s Republic of Westralia: where nut jobs rule

25 July 2021 4:00 am

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin…

Is the Kids Helpline helpful – or just a sign of our malaise?

23 July 2021 4:21 pm

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Curtin…

Why should we rely on mRNA vaccines?

9 July 2021 4:00 am

Last month the federal government announced that the AstraZeneca vaccine would be phased out, with it being available only ‘on…

Do we have a constitutional right to free speech?

2 July 2021 4:00 am

“Freedom of speech may not be protected by Australia’s constitution, high court judge says,” screamed a recent headline in The…

Vaccine segregation is an affront to liberty

29 June 2021 6:00 pm

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, supported by state premiers and territory chief ministers, is set to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory…

When can conservatives disobey the law?

25 June 2021 4:00 am

The great English novelist Charles Dickens, based on his experiences, had a very dark view of lawyers and the legal…

High noon for academic freedom at the High Court

17 June 2021 4:00 am

The views expressed in this piece are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Curtin…

ScoMo goes troppo

27 May 2021 6:07 pm

Many Spectator Australia readers will recall the way Paul Keating taunted John Hewson in the lead up to the 1993…

What does the future hold for Malcolm Turnbull?

24 May 2021 3:30 pm

The Spectator Australia has been spelling out a simple truth for many years now: Malcolm Turnbull simply isn’t very good…

How accurate are PCR tests?

16 May 2021 5:17 pm

With the revelation that passengers were barred from boarding the first repatriation flight to Australia from India on the basis of…

Budget 2021: a spendathon sugar hit to keep the punters high till polling day

11 May 2021 5:00 am

Despite Josh Frydenberg’s denials, we appear set for a spendathon budget tonight, a budget where an unexpected surge in revenue…

Scott Morrison: a show about nothing 

6 May 2021 1:18 pm

Speculation that the government would like to go to the polls by the end of this year has been swirling…

The facts on compulsory coronavirus vaccination in the workplace 

27 April 2021 4:00 am

Last week the Nine newspapers reported a Fair Work Commission decision to uphold the right of an employer, in this case major…

Mark McGowan, WA’s lazy lord of the lockdown

25 April 2021 2:07 pm

For the second time in less than three months, the Wester Australian Premier Mark McGowan has locked up two million…

Vaccine ‘passports’: a legal and ethical minefield

9 April 2021 4:00 am

On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. An important aspect of this plan is…

Where are our conservative heroes?

5 April 2021 4:00 am

The federal parliament’s pre-Budget recess carries with it crucial significance this year. It comes at a time when the Morrison…

Nero walks in Western Australia

24 March 2021 4:00 am

In 64 AD a great fire swept through Rome, destroying much of the city. The Emperor of the time, Nero,…

The WA Liberals have only themselves to blame

14 March 2021 3:38 pm

Tomorrow, 15 March, in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated. In Shakespeare’s homonymous play a fortune teller warns Caesar of…

The ‘court of public opinion’ is nothing but mob rule

4 March 2021 1:31 pm

During Christian Porter’s press conference which turned into a blood sport yesterday, two journalists in particular insisted that the Attorney-General…

WA stink?

22 February 2021 4:00 am

The 1980s in Western Australia were heady days. Riding off the success of winning the rights to host the America’s…

Immunity passports and the the Leviathan of public health despotism

18 February 2021 4:00 am

In his recent book Virus e Leviatano, the veteran Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli analyses how coronavirus has led to a form of health despotism replacing the rule of…

Move over, Dictator Dan: Marshal Mark is the new laughable Lord of the Lockdown

3 February 2021 6:00 pm

In his famous political discourse, The Republic, the great philosopher Plato deemed tyranny the “fourth and worst disorder of a state.”…

An early coronavirus vaccine rollout? Be careful what you wish for…

20 January 2021 7:13 pm

Following reports that 30 people died in Norway after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, the government, its health officers and Pfizer…

Questions raised about the Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

1 December 2020 5:31 pm

As discussed in this publication by Professor Jennifer Rogers last week, there have been discrepancies in the data reported by…

Just how voluntary will any coronavirus vaccine be, given the ethical concerns?

22 November 2020 6:17 pm

Over the last couple of weeks there have been several developments with regard to a potential coronavirus vaccine.  On 16…