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The WHO has failed the Ebola disaster

| Chris Berg
The Drum 21st October, 2014

What is the point of elaborate and expensive international bureaucracies if they are unable to deal with cross-border crises? The United Nations'...

ANU divestment a failure of ethics

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 18th October, 2014

The Australian National University divesting its resources stocks is a short-sighted decision which, if replicated widely, could greatly harm our...

ANU simply playing politics with investments

Economics & Deregulation and Education | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum 15th October, 2014

The Australian National University's decision to adopt socially responsible investment criteria for managing its $1 billion investment portfolio...

National curriculum: written, but not designed

Education | Chris Berg
The Drum 14th October, 2014

Does the national curriculum even exist? Much press coverage of the Abbott Government's review of the national curriculum has focused on the...

Interest rate tweaks won't manufacture animal spirits

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 10th October, 2014

The economy is not a washing machine. To make it work you can't just press buttons and turn dials. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote in 2012 in...

Can we really afford to go to war?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 7th October, 2014

On Tuesday morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott categorically ruled out introducing new taxes to pay for Australian participation in the third Iraq...

Politicians must deliver on competition policy reforms

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 4th October, 2014

The recently released draft report into competition policy proposes several bold steps for reform, but will there be the political will to deliver?...

The redundancy of new anti-terrorism laws

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 30th September, 2014

Incitement to violence is against the law. It's always been against the law. Every Australian state penalises incitement. The Commonwealth makes it...

Cultural nationalism feels good but Australian stories have a cost

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 30th September, 2014

The warmest, most welcoming home of cultural nationalism is appeal to the provenance of "our stories". Real Australian stories are made by...

Free speech only when approved

Freedom of Speech | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 26th September, 2014

The fondness of the Labor Party and the Greens for freedom of speech in Australia would be touching - if it wasn't so hypocritical. The debate over...