People & associates

John Roskam

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History is not what it used to be

Education | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 24th July, 2015

Greece is where Australians now look to discover the consequences of unsustainable government spending. But you do not have to go half way around...

Terror laws: we must strike balance between safety and liberty

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 10th July, 2015

Kings and prime ministers being upset with the lawyers in their midst is not uncommon. Apparently at a cabinet discussion a few weeks ago senior...

Magna Carta was a revolt against heavy taxation

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 26th June, 2015

It's pleasing that the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta is getting the publicity it deserves. The teaching of British history might have all...

Put basic literacy before compulsory science

Education | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 9th June, 2015

New Zealand is these days the place Australians should go to get lessons on policy making. Next year it will have a budget surplus, its top rate of...

Orwellian language infects Canberra's tax debate

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 29th May, 2015

George Orwell wrote wise words about many things. Animal Farm and 1984 are two of the most perceptive books about politics and power ever written....

Budget 2015: No big new taxes is a small win

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 15th May, 2015

Just as important as what was in Tuesday's federal budget, was what was not in it. Unlike last year there were no new income taxes. Nor was there a...

Walking into a climate of conformity

Climate Change | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 1st May, 2015

In 1987, the American historian and philosopher Allan Bloom wrote a best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. It was about the...

Keeping to the law is fair in tax

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 17th April, 2015

There are so many things wrong about the current tax debate it's difficult to know where to begin. For a start, Australia is not a low-tax country....

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...

New boss John Fraser can restore Treasury to glory

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 6th March, 2015

It would be wrong to call John Fraser the new head of the Commonwealth Treasury Department an "economist's economist". Firstly, because he's not...

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