The John Hyde Archives

Historic archive of articles and newspaper columns written by former Australian politician John Hyde.

Individual Rights

Labels - an easy way to discredit but they count

Individual Rights  Cronyism 

  • A more relevant classification of politics should be whether you believe that choice should be exercised by individuals or to be exercised on their behalf.
  • Vested interests are only wrong when governments pander to them.
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Democracy & Property Rights

Individual Rights  Law  Politics 

  • Governments when they revoke property rights change the value of whatever underlying property the rights were attached to.
  • The right to trade one's efforts is as important as a right to free speech and is even more relevant in everyday life.
  • Many politicians don't understand the principles that they violate and the harm the arises.
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The Eternal Nanny

Regulations  Individual Rights 

  • Society gravitates towards the least regulated activities
  • Even our bodies have become the property of the state.
  • Governments offer us a security blanket that is useless and prevents us from developing survival skills.
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Thomas Sowell & Walter Williams

Individual Rights  Economics 

  • Sowell & Williams argue that racism, discrimination & poverty are minimised where markets are the freest and are worsened by government intervention.
  • Affirmative action has created an action not to hire groups.
  • Sowell has insisted that he has faith not in the market but rather the evidence about the market.
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Who's a liberal?

Individual Rights  Law 

  • Traditional young liberal concern for human rights, environment and discrimination is in good hands.
  • The spread of income level is narrowest in societies which are the freest and the disadvantaged the least oppressed where privilege is not maintained by law.
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Keep the Czar far away from us.

Individual Rights  Law  Politics 

  • Liberty is freedom from the only legal organisation that is permitted to use force (The government)
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Sir Joh's Industrial Laws

Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • There should be a recognised freedom of employment in society.
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When Elephants Mate

Individual Rights  Law 

  • Consensus should never be used to replace a clear legal framework that protects the rights of the individual.
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Helping the Poor

Welfare  Individual Rights 

  • Private choices (i.e. Single Parenthood) must be subject to influences which encourage the acceptance of individual responsibility.
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Junior Employees - Special Orders

Individual Rights  Industrial Relations 

  • Minimum wage prevents potential employees from negotiating with employers.
  • The right to determine one's own labour is a basic human right.
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The Accord, Labour Market Regulation

Regulation  Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • Only soft approaches that are based in individual liberty will work for labour deregulation.
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The Real IR Debate

Protectionism  Industrial Relations  Business  Individual Rights 

  • Being able to opt out of a wage award allows the parties to come to an agreement rather than having something forced upon them.
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Recovery Alone Was Not Enough

Industrial Relations  Business  Individual Rights 

  • To reduced unemployment, we need to free labour and capital from government and the unions.
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American Morality

Politics  Individual Rights 

  • The degree to which basic human rights are respected by a nation is the degree of its morality.
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The Opposition's I.R. Policy

Protectionism  Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • The Liberal policy will give all employees the right not to join a union.
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What Is the New Right?

Politics  Industrial Relations  Individual Rights  Taxation  Fiscal Policy 

  • Our wishes are to reduce union power, unfair business privileges, balance the government budget, reduced public expenditure and taxes, stopping the middle class from being ripped off, restore competiveness and protection of the family.
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Jackey's Marsh

Environment  Individual Rights 

  • Where private ownership over resources is granted, there usually is loving care over the property.
  • The main question is whether the area in Jackey's Marsh is logged, maintained as it is or used in other ways.
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Replying to the ACTU

Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • In Australia, a small wage restraint was bought by offering more power to the ACTU and the unions.
  • In Australia, the only basic human right not respected is the right to sell one's labour.
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Nanny II

Individual Rights  Politics 

  • There may be nothing sinister in the Nanny state's actions, but she does not favour personal liberty, strong family ties or capitalism.
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Reforming Education

Education  Regulation  Competition  Individual Rights 

  • The best option to education is to deregulate it and to allow the people the freedom to make their choices wisely.
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One Australia

Politics  Individual Rights  Law 

  • The state cannot give us complete legal equality. We also will not agree with the privileges afford to the different classes of Australians.
  • However, if Mr John Howard can get rid of unreasonable privileges, it will have the result of making the most of us equal legally.
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The 'right' that never existed

Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • There is no inherent right to strike only to stop working. By preventing other people from taking their jobs, they are subtracting their rights.
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One Australia *

Philosophy  Individual Rights 

  • Society cannot function without some shared values and some values are so central to our society that they are non-negotiable.
  • Those aspects of our culture that protects civil rights must be accepted by all and it would be unfair to everyone by pretending otherwise.
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Making Full Employment Legal

Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • The Coalition promise to de-criminalising individuals selling their labour will improve our living standards and pay off our foreign debts.
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What Right to Strike?

Industrial Relations  Competition  Individual Rights 

  • A competitive labour market works only if both employers and employees are competitive. Union sanctions affect the rights of individuals.
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A Basic Right to Work

Industrial Relations  Politics  Individual Rights 

  • Trade Unionists, Industrial Judges and Politicians are being unfair to our weakest citizens by denying them their basic human right to sell their own labour.
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A Quiet Revolution

Politics  Individual Rights 

  • The fastest way to a freer society in Australia is through the many little things done by the State and Local government, when the people have a taste of freedom, they will demand more.
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The Legislative Council

Politics  Individual Rights 

  • The traditional role of parliament is the protection of the citizen from the government and seems to be often forgotten in these days of disciplined party politics.
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Sex Discrimination Legislation

Politics  Individual Rights 

  • Senator Susan Ryan's Sex Discrimination Bill makes the fundamental error of not distinguishing between free choice and prejudice.
  • Employees will be more reluctant to employ women if they fear a third party such as the Human Right Commission stepping into a private employment arrangement.
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The X-Rating and Victimless Crimes

Individual Rights 

  • The most illogical reason for banning X-rated videotapes that is it presumed that the actors are being exploited. To treat women as though they could not give consent is the ultimate sexual discrimination.
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