Simon Kennedy

Ensuring a future for the humanities in Australia

17 February 2021 6:19 pm

Back in 1951, the great conservative institution-builder William F. Buckley Jr. wrote a book about Yale University. However, what he described occurring in New Haven would ultimately apply more…

Great books, liberal arts, the Ramsay Centre and why they matter

10 October 2019 5:00 am

The Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation is partnering with universities to offer what is often referred to as “Great Books”…

Why the Ramsay Centre is a good bet for UQ — and Australia

23 August 2019 5:00 am

After a controversial multi-month negotiation, Ramsay Centre CEO Simon Haines and University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj have signed off…

Victoria’s euthanasia bill is not safe

17 October 2017 3:03 pm

The Parliament of Victoria is about to vote on a bill to legalise assisted suicide and euthanasia. Health Minister Jill…

Freedom of association: sanity succeeds on Spring Street

6 December 2016 5:33 pm

On Tuesday afternoon, Victoria’s upper house of Parliament voted down the Labor Government’s Equal Opportunity Amendment Bill. The Bill was…

Daniel Andrews digs in against freedom of association

5 December 2016 8:07 pm

The restricting of freedom of association and freedom of religion is back on the agenda in Victorian Parliament this week.…

Twins, caesarians and Centrelink

26 November 2016 8:06 am

I had finished work the previous day in preparation for a fortnight of paternity leave.  My wife was on the…

Empty pews

29 October 2016 9:00 am

In conversation with a Liberal insider some weeks ago, I heard the phrase: ‘I’m trying to rebuild the conservative movement…