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The Dries have it: The past and future of economic reform

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 28th December, 2015

Over Christmas Jim Carlton, one of the leaders of the most pivotal political movements of recent times, died. Malcolm Turnbull's success could well...

Turnbull government little different to Abbott regime but its positive tone wins fans

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 27th December, 2015

Leadership transitions are revealing. Not so much about the characters of the vanquished and victor - although the vast differences between Tony...

Gloomy headlines shroud positive reality

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 25th December, 2015

With headlines dominated by violence and political rivalry, we have forgotten how much good news there has been in 2015. If the major news events...

Democracy ill-served by compulsory voting

Ideas & Liberty | Morgan Begg
West Australian 24th December, 2015

That nearly 1000 West Australians have been convicted for the crime of not voting in last year's Senate election is more proof that it's time to...

Christmas carol ban is out of tune with society

Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd December, 2015

Victoria's public schools are the frontline in the war on Christmas. In an extraordinary decision of the Andrews government, Education Minister...

Is cultural appropriation the bogeyman it's made out to be?

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum 22nd December, 2015

A spectre is haunting the planet: the spectre of cultural appropriation. To appropriate symbols from cultures that are not one's own is apparently...

How we're getting the whole GST debate so wrong

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 15th December, 2015

The GST reform debate is a complete mess. If this was in doubt, the Council of Australian Governments meeting last week made it unambiguous: the...

Do Plantoids Dream of Electric Arts Council Grants?

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 14th December, 2015

I was at the Blockchain Workshop in Sydney last week, whereupon among many wondrous things I did happen to see the very future of the arts economy...

Death taxes punish the living

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 12th December, 2015

Reintroducing inheritance taxes would be a backward step for Australia that falls short on both economic and ethical grounds. A feature of the...

Innovation Statement? The government doesn't even allow lemonade stands

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 11th December, 2015

The story of what happened to Chelsea-lee Downes reveals everything that's wrong with Australia's attitude to innovation and risk-taking. Malcolm...

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