IPA Review Articles

The Economics Of Food
6 December 2012

The Economics Of Food

This article from the December 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, James Bolt. Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the social vibe of the place made you think it would be a great night out?
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Canberra, Unplugged
10 October 2012

Canberra, Unplugged

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

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

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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Power And The Years of LBJ
10 October 2012

Power And The Years of LBJ

This article from the October 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Senator for Victoria and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Fair Competition, Scott Ryan. There is almost a cult amongst readers of political history and biography: those who count down the years until the release of the next volume of Robert Caro’s totemic biography of Lyndon
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Real Conservatives
13 August 2012

Real Conservatives

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Executive Director of the IPA, John Roskam. This is a marvellous book. It has many things to recommend it. A list of the book’s many merits would go something like this (in order of importance): it’s interesting; it’s opinionated; it’s extremely readable; it explains why John Major
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Greed and Politics
13 August 2012

Greed and Politics

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Perth-based writer, Kyle Kutasi. Wall Street is better known for a different quote, yet this line would be a perfect epithet for the life and times of Jack Abramoff, the K Street lobbyist who went to prison in 2006 for fraud and conspiracy to corrupt a number
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Conventional Wisdom
13 August 2012

Conventional Wisdom

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher with the IPA, James Bolt. With the federal government finally forecasting Australia’s first surplus since the global financial crisis (GFC) hit, it is interesting to look back at how we came out of the catastrophe relatively strongly. While Wayne Swan’s surplus may rely on some dubious
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Class in America
13 August 2012

Class in America

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Climate Policy and the Free Trade and Intellectual Property units at the IPA, Tim Wilson. One of the great strengths of American society has been its social mobility. But according to the American Enterprise Institute’s Charles Murray, that social mobility and the connection between average
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Howard’s Fault?
20 April 2012

Howard’s Fault?

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Richard Allsop. The Slap is full of swearing. As Danielle Williams, the Book Club Leader at the Sydney Writers’ Centre, advised potential readers ‘if you’re easily offended by swearing (and real swearing!) then this isn’t for you’. She explained that most of
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