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The cold calculations of the GFC stimulus

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 26th August, 2014

Wayne Swan's memoirs of his time as treasurer, The Good Fight, spend a great deal of time on the global financial crisis. As Swan presents it, the...

The problem with green corporate welfare

Governance & Service Provision | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 23rd August, 2014

Efforts by opponents of the first Abbott budget to protect green corporate welfare measures undercuts their portrayal of government policies as...

Speak well of the bourgeois, and prosper

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 20th August, 2014

Do the words we use to speak of economic matters, matter? I believe they do, but not by the propagation of textbookish jargon. Rather, the main way...

Mandatory sentencing: a king hit for courts

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 19th August, 2014

You can smell the air of an election in Victoria. On Sunday the Napthine Government announced it wants 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for...

When free speech went cheaply

Freedom of Speech | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 15th August, 2014

There are many reasons why so many Australians are sad, angry, disappointed and worried because Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced he would break...

Going against the grain on data retention

Freedom of Speech | Chris Berg
The Drum 13th August, 2014

George Brandis claimed last month that data retention was "the way Western nations are going", but the opposite is true. Australia would be going...

Environment of fear as ABC fails bias test

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | James Paterson
The Australian 12th August, 2014

THE ABC is not like any other broadcaster. With more than $1 billion in public funding, we rightly demand the ABC be rigorously fair, balanced and...

Heavy-handed welfare state attacks the most vulnerable

Nanny State | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 9th August, 2014

The major risk of a growing welfare state is the threat of overzealous paternalism applied to welfare recipients. Curiously, a key Abbott...

Abbott needs to hit the reset button

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th August, 2014

The Abbott Government is about to learn that the hardest political manoeuvre is changing direction. In their times, Kevin Rudd, John Howard and...

Security bill widens government surveillance powers

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Age 3rd August, 2014

The National Security Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014, introduced into federal Parliament last month, is 128 pages long. The bill's explanatory...