The Unshackled Waves Ep. 74 Terror Plots, Referendums, Same Sex Marriage, University Assaults & Trans Military Ban

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On this week’s review show we are joined once again by Co-Editor in Chief of The Unshackled Sukith Fernando. It has been a big news week so we try to squeeze as many topics as we can into this week’s episode. We start by discussing the uncovering of the latest Islamic terror plot in Australia, it involved four men being taken into custody of Lebanese background who were planning to smuggle an explosive devise onto an aircraft. Security at airports around the nation has been increased which has caused major disruptions for travelers. We explain how we are not surprised by this plot and yet again shows we need to learn from past immigration mistakes by stopping further Islamic immigration.

We also discuss Bill Shorten promising two constitutional referendums if he is elected Prime Minister, one to achieve Australia becoming a republic and the other to introduce fixed four year terms for the federal parliament. If you add this to the push to have referendums on indigenous recognition in the constitution and to amend Section 44 to allow dual citizens and public servants to run for parliament then the political class will sending Australians to the polls for endless referendums. However we discuss the important question which is would any of these referendums succeed and are they issues the public is concerned about?

We also discuss the push from gay Liberal MPs to introduce a private members bill to legalize same sex marriage when parliament resumes next week. We highlight this is clear violation of the Coalition’s election commitment to hold a plebiscite on the issue and it is rightly the case that these MPs preselections are now being threatened. We are glad that now the option to hold a postal plebiscite since the legislation was blocked in the Senate is now being considered by the Prime Minister who to his credit has held firm on this issue. The excuses from the left and LGBT lobby are now growing tiresome and they should also take note of the polling that the Australian people want a say on the issue.

We dissect the national report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities released by the Australian Human Rights Commission this week. We highlight the flaws in the report such as the low response rate of 9.7% from the sample, the fact the figures included incidents of harassment and assault that occurred outside of a university setting, that the definition of harassment included things as innocuous as starting and that the report itself conceded people claiming to be assaulted or harassed were more likely to respond. We express our belief this report was used to push a political agenda by its authors who were lobbied and assisted by social justice and feminists groups in complying the report which gave them a result they desired.

We also discuss the fallout from Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in any capacity in the US Military. We debate the question of did Trump go too far in basically declaring all transgender people mentally unfit to serve in military and could the question of it being too expensive to have transgender people in the military be handled in a different way? We also briefly discuss some of Trump’s other challenges including the arrival and quick departure of White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, the departure of White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and another failed repeal of Obamacare.

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