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10 Worst Nanny State Policies

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

10: Plain packet cigarettes The argument for plain cigarette packaging is one of the most stark examples of how Nanny State regulations treat individuals as childish automatons. Plain packaging involves the complete removal of any brand logos,...

Obama's Union Mates

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brian M. Johnson

The 2008 election in the United States has been called several different things. Many Republicans and center-right activists called this the ‘401(k) election' due to the different tax and investment treatments the two candidates proposed....

Reckless stimulus: lots of money, almost no accountability

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Timothy Brown

If you wanted evidence of the recklessness of the Obama administration's approach to economic policy, you need look no further than its response to the global financial crisis. Obama's stimulus package, otherwise known as the American Recovery...

Greed is great

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Greg Melleuish

The message is simple. We are told that the age of ‘neo-liberalism' is over and that a new age of social democracy is dawning. Neo-liberalism has been destroyed and discredited by its greed. The state must step in and restore the balance in...

We have IDEAS!

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

In a democracy everyone has ideas for new public policy initiatives. But not every idea has equal merit. This is particularly the case when the ideas are solely marketed as coming from a certain group in society, as they are in a recent spate of...

A real education revolution will need (yes, you guessed it...) vouchers

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The big education talk started before the 2007 federal election. The opposition, led by Kevin Rudd, said in a discussion paper: ‘Australia needs nothing less than a revolution in education.' Certainly, since November 2007 the Rudd government...

Where's ABC?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Malcolm Colless

The Federal Government's reappointments to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation put a political showpiece ahead of corporate commonsense. In an attempt to demonstrate that it could go where no other government had gone...

Wayne Swan vs. The Wall Street Journal

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Wayne Swan's second budget speech was magnificent in its rhetoric. The budget had been ‘forged in the fire' of economic crisis and Australians were ‘too strong, too resilient, and too united to be overwhelmed'. He told of how Australia...

Sinking into debt

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The past few months have shown just how fragile the perceived orthodoxy of government financial management has been. Seemingly gone are the days when Australians could rely on their governments to deliver budget surpluses without mortgaging the...

Personal tragedies under Stalin

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Chris Berg reviews The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes (Metropolitan Books, 2008, 740 pages) It has taken historians in both Russia and the West a long time to get their minds around Stalinism. Anne Applebaum's 2003...

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