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John Roskam

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Why we can't shake off the cultural cringe

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 21st November, 2014

The phenomenon Arthur Phillips famously described as the "Australian cultural cringe" is alive and well. It was on display during the G20 meeting....

Abbott's big win in Washington DC

| John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 7th November, 2014

The results of the midterm elections in the United States on Tuesday are good for Australia and good for Tony Abbott. The Republicans gained...

Indigenous recognition will hand power to judges

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
The Australian 3rd November, 2014

Democracy in Decline is an important new book by James Allan, a law professor at the University of Queensland, published by Connor Court. In 2009,...

Abbott must learn from Whitlam

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 24th October, 2014

For a failed prime minister, Gough Whitlam was remarkably successful. In 2012, a year before the election of the Coalition government, the cover of...

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...

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...

Abbott heads for the shifting centre

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 12th September, 2014

All things considered, the Coalition government isn't going too badly when on the first anniversary of its election it is only trailing the Labor...

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...

The budget falls on stony ground

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 1st August, 2014

Joe Hockey's first budget is a bit like John Howard's Work Choices: it's a solution to a problem the public doesn't think exists. There's a view...

ACCC goes AWOL on union bullies

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 18th July, 2014

The Abbott government's Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption is aimed at the wrong target. It's the regulators and the law...

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