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The maintenance of a corporate welfare state comes at a hefty long-term price

Economics & Deregulation and Governance & Service Provision | Julie Novak
The Advertiser 30th December, 2009

The latest edition of the Institute of Public Affairs state business tax study, showing South Australia as the highest taxing state for this year,...

Buying our love with our money is just not sporting

Economics & Deregulation, Governance & Service Provision and Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 27th December, 2009

Nothing excites state politicians more than having their government host major sporting events. Over the past decade, the Victorian Government has...

Populate and prosper

Economics & Deregulation and Ideas & Liberty | Julie Novak
The Australian 23rd December, 2009

In what surely must come as a great surprise to demographers biding their time at university campuses and in research bureaus, the population issue...

Rudd Leaves Denmark with a Rotten Deal

Trade & IP Unit and Climate Change | Tim Wilson
The Australian 22nd December, 2009

To secure a Copenhagen Accord Kevin Rudd sold out Australia's long-term negotiating interests and accepted the full cost of any future climate...

The road after Copenhagen

Food & Environment and Climate Change | Tim Wilson
Mint 21st December, 2009

The accord from the Copenhagen climate change conference wasn't the result of a negotiation, but unidirectional concessions by developed countries...

Give or take a million, there's nothing to fear

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
Sydney Morning Herald 19th December, 2009

The Australian population might reach 35 million in 2050, according to Treasury's latest intergenerational report. Seems like a lot? Relax. That...

Filter our freedom of speech right

Freedom of Speech, Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit and Nanny State | Carolyn Popp
Daily Telegraph 18th December, 2009

The new mandatory filtering regime proposed by the Government is the kind of election pledge most wish the Government would just forget about. It...

A patent Copenhagen solution

Trade & IP Unit and Climate Change | Tim Wilson
Mint 17th December, 2009

India's negotiating position on intellectual property (IP) at the Copenhagen climate change conference might be good politics, but it's unlikely to...

Debunking the Mummy Party vs Daddy Party theory of politics

Nanny State | Chris Berg
ABC Unleashed 15th December, 2009

It might not seem like it right now, but there's more to Australian politics than emissions trading schemes and "climate action". On the day after...

It's the Poor Who'll Pay for Copenhagen's Circus

Trade & IP Unit and Climate Change | Tim Wilson
The Australian 14th December, 2009

More people attend UN conferences than make a meaningful contribution, but even by UN standards delegates are describing the Copenhagen climate...

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