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The big government merry-go-round

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Andrews

Unintentional self-parody has long being a forte of governments around the world. Yet a movement in recent years to create multi-layered government and quasi-governmental agencies, each existing simply to lobby each other to in turn lobby other...

The life and times of the modest member

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

The publication of this new biography of legendary anti-tariff campaigner, Bert Kelly, is particularly timely. For it was fifty years ago, in late 1962, that the Australian policy of ‘protection all round', sometimes dubbed McEwenism,...

The ghost written article the government wanted us to publish

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says this article, secretly written by his department and offered to the IPA Review, is ‘a huge improvement on the rubbish they normally print'. We thought we'd print this...

Why the press gallery failed us, and why they will again

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam and James Paterson

One of the most revealing stories in modern Australian politics comes from James Button-a speechwriter for Kevin Rudd for a short time in 2009. Button's recent and fascinating book, Speechless: A year in my father's business, details the now...

Should government force companies to be responsible?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Kesten Green

Since at least the 1960s, advocates have called for firms to be socially responsible. Governments have responded. But what does it mean for firms to be socially responsible? And do government subsidies and regulations help? Calls for firms to be...

Civil liberties under fire

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Attacks on individual freedom in Australia over the past few years have occurred in some unexpected places. Take, for instance, the unprecedented assault on civil liberties we have seen in Australia in recent years. Both the left and right of...

False dawn: the Arab Spring

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Daniel Mandel

In a sense, the so-called Arab Spring can be said to have begun on 26 December 2010 in the Tunisian hinterland township of Sidi Bouzid, where a 26-year-old impoverished vegetable seller and father of eight, Mohamed Bouazizi, immolated himself in...

The Chinese capitalist miracle

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

The Chinese economic miracle is the latest and most comprehensive success story since the end of World War II. Veteran economists Ronald Coase and Ning Wang explain how in the space of three decades one of the world's poorest countries became the...

David Cameron's radical idea

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

For all the criticism it has received, the Cameron government in Britain has undertaken at least one transformative and visionary reform since its inception. That is, the introduction of free schools in the British education system overseen...

Andrew Bolt law to be supercharged by Gillard government's anti-discrimination changes

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Attorney-General Nicola Roxon's proposed changes to anti-discrimination laws announced on Monday are an attack on the fundamental freedoms of Australians," said Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at the Institute of Public...

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