David Rolph

David Rolph reviews The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

David Rolph
22 April 2019

In 1987, Allan Bloom published his best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. The American mind must have remained sufficiently open to allow it, three decades hence, to More

David Rolph reviews 'Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution: Origins and future' by Luke Beck

David Rolph
26 July 2018

The role of religion in public life in Australia has become a prominent issue again as a consequence of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Significant opposition to the passage of More

David Rolph reviews 'Ma’am Darling: Ninety-nine glimpses of Princess Margaret' by Craig Brown

David Rolph
02 March 2018

My earliest memory of Princess Margaret is flicking through my grandmother’s copy of 'The Australian Women’s Weekly' and seeing photographs of a middle-aged woman, in huge sunglasses a More

'The debate over 18C' by David Rolph

David Rolph
23 September 2016

It is not often that a legislative provision leaves the pages of the statute books and enters everyday conversation. Statutory interpretation rarely enters public consciousness ...


David Rolph reviews 'Closet Queens' by Michael Bloch

David Rolph
23 December 2015

With marriage equality becoming the norm in Western countries (though, signally, not in Australia), it may be tempting to forget how recent and rapid and seemingly decisive changes in the legal treatment of, and social attitudes towards, homosexuality have been. The death of Lord Montagu of Beaulieu in late August 2015 marked the passing of the last living public fi ... More

David Rolph reviews 'Intellectual Privacy' by Neil Richards

David Rolph
28 April 2015

Privacy is dead, or so it is regularly pronounced. There are many suspects: big government; big business; the media; social media; technology; us, for giving of ourselves too readily and allowing our privacy to shrivel and die. Even if privacy is not yet dead, it is said to be under threat on multiple fronts.

The most recent threat is the More