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

  • Health system autocracy 02 April 2020 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Under the guise of the ‘precautionary principle’, Australia’s health system has overnight transformed from a bureaucracy into an autocracy. This is no surprise to anyone who has worked in public healthcare. Some infection control measures — like hand-washing, sequestering the…
    Under the guise of the ‘precautionary principle’, Australia’s health system has overnight transformed from a bureaucracy into an autocracy. This is no surprise to anyone who has worked in public healthcare. Some infection control measures — like hand-washing, sequestering the…
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  • Welcome to the new health system autocracy 02 April 2020 | Spectator
    Under the guise of the ‘precautionary principle’, Australia’s health system has overnight transformed from a bureaucracy into an autocracy. This is no surprise to anyone who has worked in public healthcare.  Some infection control measures — like hand-washing, sequestering the elderly and staying at home if sick, for…
    Under the guise of the ‘precautionary principle’, Australia’s health system has overnight transformed from a bureaucracy into an autocracy. This is no surprise to anyone who has worked in public healthcare.  Some infection control measures — like hand-washing, sequestering the elderly and staying at home if sick, for…
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  • Herron murder highlights real homeless problem 07 June 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    As the details emerge about the background of Courtney Herron’s alleged killer, we need to take a serious look at the problem of homelessness and mental illness. Our approach to these problems has not been working. Henry Hammond, a 27-year-old…
    As the details emerge about the background of Courtney Herron’s alleged killer, we need to take a serious look at the problem of homelessness and mental illness. Our approach to these problems has not been working. Henry Hammond, a 27-year-old…
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  • Herron and her alleged killer were both victims of the system 01 June 2019 | Herald Sun
    As the details emerge about the background of Courtney Herron’s alleged killer, we need to take a serious look at the problem of homelessness and mental illness. Our approach to these problems has not been working. Henry Hammond, a 27-year-old…
    As the details emerge about the background of Courtney Herron’s alleged killer, we need to take a serious look at the problem of homelessness and mental illness. Our approach to these problems has not been working. Henry Hammond, a 27-year-old…
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  • 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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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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