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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...

Shooting down the enemies of progress

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tony Gilland

Tony Gilland reviews An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global Warming by Nigel Lawson (Overlook, 2008, 144 pages) & The Enemies of Progress: The Dangers of Sustainabilityby Austin Williams (Imprint, 2008, 156 pages) An Appeal to Reason:...

Building the social convenant around social diversity

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Rick Brown

Rick Brown reviews The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society by Jonathan Sacks (Continuum, 2007, 272 pages) At ‘the end of history there are no serious ideological competi­tors left to liberal democracy.' So said Francis Fukuyama in...

Can free markets be as interesting as regulated markets?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Sinclair Davidson reviews The Best Book on the Market: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Free Economyby Eamonn Butler (Capstone, 2008, 172 pages) Eamonn Butler has written a marvellous little book promot­ing the free market. The best book on...

Class and casinos

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Opposition to gambling and poker machines is a confused mixture of patronising‘compassion' and political rhetoric, writes Richard Allsop. Kevin Rudd hates them. Brendan Nelson has expressed deep concern about them. Bob Brown wants huge cuts...

The Hollowmen and the sport of satire

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Louise Staley

What does our television tell us about Australian democracy? Over time, spin becomes truth. In the ABC's new satire The Hollowmen, political advisors find that they can no longer tell the difference, even to themselves, between spin and the...

Nanny state is a poor guide to policy design

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mary Jo Fisher

Living in a first world country, Australians are entitled to expect their governments to support the delivery of basic services and amenities-for a price. But now Australians are being told by state and federal governments that no matter the...

Building the Australian Nanny State

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Christopher Murn

Free bibs Victorian Deputy Premier Rob Hulls has announced an additional $35,000 of funding for Auskick programs to provide bibs and waist bags to identify volunteers who had met working with children checks. V-chip for Australia The Senate...

The intellectual gap goes to university

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Following a campaign by the Australian Liberal Students Federation, a Senate committee is investigating the level of intellectual diversity at Australian universities. It is well-known that academia-and more often than not those who are university...

Federal government ads misleading on climate insurance cost

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In order to prepare the nation for the introduction of the ETS, the federal government has begun a large advertising campaign to argue that, without action, climate change will have a significant economic impact. In particular one of their most...

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