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John Roskam

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The National Reform Summit that forgot Menzies' forgotten people

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 4th September, 2015

In 1942 Robert Menzies delivered a speech over the radio entitled "The Forgotten People". For him the "forgotten people" were the middle class -...

Jeremy Corbyn shows how ideas alone can move political debate

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 20th August, 2015

In Australia we've had our fair share of "unelectable" politicians get elected. As has Britain. At the moment the British Labour Party is in the...

A Goodes reason to drop agendas

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 7th August, 2015

All of the attention devoted to the consequences of some people in the crowd at an AFL game booing footballer Adam Goodes is entirely justified....

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...

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