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About noonanite

Paul Noonan is a lawyer and musician based in Melbourne, Australia.

The left response to Uhlmann on freedom of speech

Chris Uhlmann, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Political Editor, published an op ed in The Weekend Australian on 20 February.  His main point was a lament that,  as he sees it, some journalists are not sufficiently committed to free speech.  As a secondary … Continue reading

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New Matilda: The platform for no-platformers

Two recent articles in the journal New Matilda demonstrate that the censorious lunacy of “no platforming” is alive and well in Australia. In one piece, Germaine Greer is excommunicated from feminism – by someone called Timothy, no less. Tim’s main point is … Continue reading

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Remembering Dad; Fathers’ Day 2015

Mum turns 93 next month. Some years ago she self-published her autobiography. Recently her biography of my father was finished. This was my contribution to the afterword. My early memories of Dad are in Katanning – the radio going on … Continue reading

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What do the Essendon Football Club and Australia’s Border Force Have In Common?

I’ve been following the Essendon Football Club since the early 1980s.  In the lead up to the 2012/2013 pre-season, I remember remarking that the Bomber’s marketing slogan, “Whatever It Takes”, was not a good look for a professional sporting organisation … Continue reading

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A broken record Down Under

“Australian copyright law is broken”. It’s a fair bet that when you read or hear these words, they’ll have emanated from an Australian intellectual property academic, not someone who makes a living from creating and distributing copyright material.  And the … Continue reading

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Serious issues

Author’s note: this post has been updated since publication. It’s surprising how much controversy has been generated by the Online Copyright Infringement Report published recently by Australia’s Department of Communications.  It’s a modest document.  It reports the results of 2,630 … Continue reading

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I am a creator, so why am I not a Creationista fan?

In my legal practice I work with clients who are, variously, users, creators and owners of copyright material.  Some of them are across all 3 categories.  Last year I assisted a not for profit organisation to prepare one of its … Continue reading

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