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Healthy competition is good for children

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

‘It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, only that you tried and did your best.' This is often said to help children come to terms with suffering a defeat of some sort. In fact, this valuable lesson only applies where competition exists....

The war on democracy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

In 1953 a bitter Bertolt Brecht wrote, 'Would it not be easier / In that case for the government / To dissolve the people / And elect another?' With these lines, Brecht brilliantly captured the dripping contempt that some purportedly 'democratic'...

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...

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...

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...

A roadmap to peace in the war on drugs

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Michael Keane

The war on drugs has been raging for decades. Tens of millions of lives have been lost or ruined. Because both the effect of the drugs and the effect of criminalisation have contributed to the toll, both prohibitionists and those for...

Australia's helmet law disaster

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Luke Turner

Australia is one of only two countries in the world with national all-age mandatory bicycle helmet laws (MHLs). Introduced by state and territory governments under threat of cuts to federal road funding in the early 1990s, the idea that it should...

They just don't get it

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

As a sovereign nation, Indonesia has the right to run its domestic policy as it sees fit. As a democratic country with a free press, we retain the right to express our opinions. But fundamentally, we do not have the right to force another country...

Unleash the North

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

Northern Australia's potential is being wasted. The northern half of Australia is used for precious little, other than grazing cattle and as a backdrop for the film industry. It is a neglected and under-utilised area that lies so close to...

Liberal and Labor governments can't seem to restrain their spending

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mitch Fifield

The new government has been laying out excellent criteria for public policy, writes Mitch Fifield. But its own policies are failing these stringent tests. On a Brisbane stage in mid-November last year, Kevin Rudd positioned the final nail above...

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