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Up, Up and IPA!
20 December 2019

Up, Up and IPA!

IPA Review- Summer 2019

This article from the Summer 2019 edition of the IPA Review is by Manager of Online Content and Audio at the IPA, James Bolt. I thought I was used to horrifying stories coming out of Canberra, but this month I saw something that’s kept me sleepless ever since. According to the Minerals Council of Australia, more nuclear radiation is emitted
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Strange Times: Artful Dodgeball
9 August 2019

Strange Times: Artful Dodgeball

IPA Review – August 2019

  This article by James Bolt appeared in the August 2019 IPA Review We live in divided times, but I always thought the one thing that could unite us all was our shared love of dodgeball. It demonstrates all that is life—the ecstasy, the agony, the drama, the tension, the joy and the anger. No matter your station in life, or your political
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Stop Bugging Us
29 April 2019

Stop Bugging Us

IPA Review – April 2019

Are cyclists human? This question has moved from the lips of SUV drivers to the minds of researchers from Monash University, QUT and the University of Melbourne, who put together their magnum opus, Dehumanization of cyclists predicts self-reported aggressive behaviour toward them. This study, surprisingly the first in its field, sought to find whether drivers who scream “how dare you
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Trick or Tax
1 December 2018

Trick or Tax

IPA Review- December 2018

Nothing sets the scene for me in October quite like Halloween. I love nothing more than dressing up, throwing a few decorations around, and getting spooky. Which is why I was so happy to see the local government of Chesapeake, Virginia, get into the spirit by showing kids the spookiest monster of all: government red tape. The government there decided
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Social Credit Score
1 October 2018

Social Credit Score

IPA Review – October 2018

China’s ‘Social Credit’ system gives people a score that determines their social standing. People with higher scores, which is influenced by decisions and actions they make, get better treatment in life through better hotels and transport than people with lower scores. Or, as the Chinese government so creepily puts it, ‘it will allow the trustworthy to roam freely under heaven
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Straw Time
1 August 2018

Straw Time

IPA Review – August 2018

There is finally an international movement against the most silent of killers – single use plastic straws. You may know this killer. You may even trust this killer, calmly sending liquid to your mouth without a fuss. But beneath the innocent façade beats the dark heart of a tyrant. After a study found that Americans use 500 million straws a
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1 December 2017

How Not to Collude With Russia

1: ORGANISE A MEETING WITH RUSSIAN OFFICIALS IN YOUR OWN NAME Donald Trump Jnr organised a meeting with a Russian lawyer with alleged connections with the Kremlin after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Displaying this kind of carelessness and stupidity is paramount early in the process. Later releasing these emails to the public is risky, but recommended. 2:
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1 June 2017

Hunger Strike!*

IPA Review – June 2017

It’s been a rocky few months for the once great art of the political protest. We’ve seen the ‘cleverly-marketed-as-so-broad-no-one-could-possibly-disagree’ protests. The March for Science on April 22 is a great example—it took place because ‘science is critical to our health, economies, food security, and safety’. You can’t argue with that. The Women’s March on January 21 took it a step
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Spill the Beans
1 August 2016

Spill the Beans

IPA Review- August 2016

Ever wondered why coffee sometimes spills when you walk? What’s that? You’ve literally wondered that every waking second of your life? The endless pursuit of the truth has left you unemployable and you have found it impossible to maintain human relationships? Well worry no more! The Pentagon has recently given UCLA researchers US$170,000 to research this issue, and their findings
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The Amount of Red Tape in Schools is Getting Stupid
1 April 2016

The Amount of Red Tape in Schools is Getting Stupid

IPA Review – April 2016

Hey readers would be familiar with Anthony Ruelas, a 15-year-old student in Texas, who broke his school’s code for dealing with asthma attacks by helping an asthmatic student to the school nurse. The school’s code says the teacher was to send an email to the nurse. Now, if you’re thinking sending an email to a nurse rather than helping the
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