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Why should we join another development bank?

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 31st March, 2015

Over the weekend Australia announced it will be part of the initial negotiations on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The AIIB is a...

Why it's OK to strip foreign fighters of citizenship

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 24th March, 2015

Citizenship is one of the central ideas of political philosophy. But not one most people spend a lot of time thinking about. The Abbott Government...

Simplicity in government a worthy goal

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 21st March, 2015

The Australian public sector has become so complex that reforms simplifying policy settings would deliver huge dividends. Federal Treasurer Joe...

Less is more leaves ABC stumped

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 20th March, 2015

The ABC's Fran Kelly couldn't help herself on Tuesday morning when she interviewed visiting American economist Arthur Laffer on Radio National. Not...

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's metadata move will aid regulators, not security

Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
Australian Financial Review 17th March, 2015

The Abbott government has rightly focused on red tape reduction and deregulation. But Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull could well preside...

Policy retreats expose the Government's weak will

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th March, 2015

Every government budget, even the most generous, has winners and losers. That's politics. The interests of one group are bartered against the...

A cigarette that could actually save lives

Deregulation Unit | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 11th March, 2015

Electronic cigarettes may be the greatest tool in the fight against lung cancer that the world has ever seen. They're cheap, convenient and they're...

Islamic State is destroying ideas, not just artefacts

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th March, 2015

It is characteristic of totalitarian societies that they feel they need control over the past as well as the present. So it's hard not to see an...

Pay gap due to women's choices, not gender bias

Ideas & Liberty | Mikayla Novak
The Age 8th March, 2015

It has become a fashion to mark International Women's Day each year with discussion about statistical differences between what women and men...

Super reforms: fact and fiction

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 7th March, 2015

The tax treatment of superannuation is coming under heavy fire, but is the criticism well placed when we are forcing people to invest funds into a...

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