Brendan O'Neill


Featured Publication

  • Dying with Their Rights On: The myths and realities of ending homelessness in Australia 12 December 2018 | RR38
    The orthodox understanding of the causes of homelessness promoted by the ‘homelessness industry’ over emphasises the role of economic and social structures. Solutions based on structuralist explanations – such as increasing the supply of affordable social housing – are insufficient…...
    The orthodox understanding of the causes of homelessness promoted by the ‘homelessness industry’ over emphasises the role of economic and social structures. Solutions based on structuralist explanations – such as increasing the supply of affordable social housing – are insufficient…
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Media & Commentary

  • Solutions to the homelessness crisis are within reach but they are being ignored 23 January 2019 | The Daily Telegraph
    There are real answers to the homelessness crisis we are seeing in Sydney’s CBD and other cities, but those solutions are being ignored in favour of allowing people to spiral further into disease, addiction and mental health problems. Sydney is…
    There are real answers to the homelessness crisis we are seeing in Sydney’s CBD and other cities, but those solutions are being ignored in favour of allowing people to spiral further into disease, addiction and mental health problems. Sydney is…
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  • Rough sleepers need tough love 14 January 2019 | SPECTATOR FLAT WHITE
    The Everybody’s Home lobby group has been clanging the alarm bells about a growing rate of homelessness in Western Sydney. But they are using flawed 2016 census data to show an alleged 67% increase in the number of people ‘without…
    The Everybody’s Home lobby group has been clanging the alarm bells about a growing rate of homelessness in Western Sydney. But they are using flawed 2016 census data to show an alleged 67% increase in the number of people ‘without…
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  • Saluting the rights and ignoring the risks for the homeless 22 December 2018 | QUADRANT
    Lendlease Property has announced that part of the proceeds from the sale of every new home and land lot will now be directed to a new philanthropic venture to help the homeless. Proceeds will go to shelter and housing projects,…
    Lendlease Property has announced that part of the proceeds from the sale of every new home and land lot will now be directed to a new philanthropic venture to help the homeless. Proceeds will go to shelter and housing projects,…
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  • Ending homelessness demands real solutions 14 December 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    It’s more than a year since the infamous Martin Place tent city was dismantled, but we are no closer to addressing the real causes of genuine homelessness. Unfortunately, the debate about homelessness is being distorted by dubious official statistics that…
    It’s more than a year since the infamous Martin Place tent city was dismantled, but we are no closer to addressing the real causes of genuine homelessness. Unfortunately, the debate about homelessness is being distorted by dubious official statistics that…
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  • Homeless require the intervention of real help, not ideology 12 December 2018 | The Australian
    Illustration: Sturt Krygsman It’s more than a year since the ­infamous Martin Place tent city was dismantled in Sydney’s CBD but we are no closer to addressing the real causes of genuine homelessness. Assorted academics and charities protested against the removal…
    Illustration: Sturt Krygsman It’s more than a year since the ­infamous Martin Place tent city was dismantled in Sydney’s CBD but we are no closer to addressing the real causes of genuine homelessness. Assorted academics and charities protested against the removal…
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Publications

  • ANNUAL BIG IDEAS FORUM: Why “Grievance Feminism” is a Threat to Serious Feminist & Humanitarian Issues 24 August 2015
    Over the past century the feminist movement has achieved remarkable advances in securing equal rights for women in the West, but in other regions around the world women are still treated as second class citizens – or even goods and chattels. Millions of women in developing countries live with subjugation,…...
    Over the past century the feminist movement has achieved remarkable advances in securing equal rights for women in the West, but in other regions around the world women are still treated as second class citizens – or even goods and chattels. Millions of women in developing countries live with subjugation,…
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  • The Age of Endarkenment 23 October 2014 | OP137
    Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology. So why have we become so gloomy about the modern world and so pessimistic about the future? Why have we convinced ourselves that Earth’s…...
    Humans have never had it so good. We are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to the march of science and technology. So why have we become so gloomy about the modern world and so pessimistic about the future? Why have we convinced ourselves that Earth’s…
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  • You Can’t Say That! Freedom of Speech and the Invisible Muzzle 06 February 2012 | OP124
    This collection of four speeches warns against the increasing restrictions on free speech in a world being taken over by political correctness. Ostensibly a tool for civility and respect, political correctness is effectively muzzling the foundation of a free society: open and robust debate in a free exchange of ideas....
    This collection of four speeches warns against the increasing restrictions on free speech in a world being taken over by political correctness. Ostensibly a tool for civility and respect, political correctness is effectively muzzling the foundation of a free society: open and robust debate in a free exchange of ideas.
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