Recent publications in IPA Review article

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Voluntary voting

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Research conducted by Newspoll for the Institute of Public Affairs indicates that there is only moderate community support for a change to voluntary voting, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be seriously considered. The poll, which was conducted...

Inside the hermit kingdom

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

Sometimes it's the simplest things that cause the most brilliant epiphanies. Think Newton and the apple. Despite a lifetime of propaganda and indoctrination, for many North Koreans their view of the world can change almost overnight. For one...

Does more equal really mean all better?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Julie Novak

The criticisms of market capitalism have changed over the past two centuries. The writings of Marx and Engels in the nineteenth century emphasised that the private ownership of the means of production benefited the bourgeoisie at the expense of...

Rendering unto God

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Anderson

The observation that Australia's political and cultural heritage is founded on Judeo-Christian values is always sure to make an audience of Australian academics or public servants shift uncomfortably in their seats. It is puzzling that such a...

A foodies' guide to the history of humanity

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Rob Lyons

Why Europe?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Two new books try to answer the central question of Western Civilisation. Richard Allsop looks at what they find.

The underground Australian movie renaissance

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dean Bertram

There actually are good Australian movies, and they're popular, writes Dean Bertram. You're just never told about them. Almost two decades ago, a handful of young filmmakers were revitalizing American cinema. Included in their number were Quentin...

Wowserism may be different, but it's not dead

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

‘I'm not a wowser but...' Those words seem to have become the standard introduction for anyone proposing a new restriction on what should be matters of individual choice. The Rudd Government are masters of it. In an interview with 4BC last...

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...

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