IPA Review Articles

The Ghost Written Article The Government Wanted Us To Publish
5 December 2012

The Ghost Written Article The Government Wanted Us To Publish

IPA Review-December 2012

This article from the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review is written by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Editor’s note: a public servant wrote this while being paid with your taxes! The National Broadband Network (NBN) —among the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Australia —will play an increasingly important role in advancing gender equality. Australia’s
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Why The Press Gallery Failed Us, And Why They Will Again
5 December 2012

Why The Press Gallery Failed Us, And Why They Will Again

IPA Review-December 2012

This article from the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review is written by Editor James Paterson and Executive Director of the IPA, John Roskam. 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
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Rent Seeking Never Dies
3 December 2012

Rent Seeking Never Dies

IPA Review-December 2012

This article from the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review is written by journalist with ‘The Australian’, Christian Kerr. ‘The rent seekers are always with us’ Ray Evans declared last month when he launched a new biography of Bert Kelly, the great Australian free trade advocate and parliamentarian. There was an echo of the Bible in his words. They
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Civil Liberties Under Fire
3 December 2012

Civil Liberties Under Fire

IPA Review-December 2012

This article from the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Editor 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 politics have in the
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Free Schools: David Cameron’s Radical Idea
1 December 2012

Free Schools: David Cameron’s Radical Idea

IPA Review-December 2012

Peter Gregory investigates the introduction of school choice in the United Kingdom (this article first appeared in the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review.) 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
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What’s In A Name?
10 October 2012

What’s In A Name?

IPA Review- October 2012

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, Peter Gregory. A wise man once said, ‘If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.’ Actually, it was Noam Chomsky. Wait…really? Whatever. He’s right. Freedom means freedom for everyone. Even people who
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The Essence Of Successful Nations
10 October 2012

The Essence Of Successful Nations

IPA Review- October 2012

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Development Coordinator at the IPA, Lydia Bevege. Tolstoy famously wrote that while happy families are all alike, unhappy families are uniquely unhappy in their own way. In their latest book, MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and Harvard political scientist James Robinson have found the Russian novelist’s adage holds
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Canberra, Unplugged
10 October 2012

Canberra, Unplugged

IPA Review- October 2012

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Executive Director of the IPA, John Roskam. Australians don’t normally do satire. We’re not quite serious enough. That indispensable The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory helpfully points out that Samuel Johnson defined ‘satire’ as a poem ‘in which wickedness or folly is censured’. John
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John Bright: A 19th Century Freedom Fighter
10 October 2012

John Bright: A 19th Century Freedom Fighter

IPA Review- October 2012

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Richard Allsop. John Bright’s fame was so high in the middle of the 19th century that early settlers in the village of Morse’s Creek in north eastern Victoria decided to rename the place, Bright. One imagines that few of the town’s current population
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The Population Conundrum
10 October 2012

The Population Conundrum

IPA Review- October 2012

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of the North Australia Project at the IPA, John Shipp. The false dichotomy offered in the title of Ian Lowe’s book Bigger or Better: Australia’s population debate hints at the one-sided polemic contained within. Lowe puts a forthright case for ‘stabilising’ Australia’s population at or near current
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