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Killing The University
2 June 2017

Killing The University

In March, the University of Melbourne Student Union ran an “intersectional and student-led workshop around the ways in which privilege and unconscious bias permeate tutorials and seminars…” According to the official report following the workshop, there is a colossal amount of unconscious bias floating around Melbourne University, and which by all accounts appears to be emanating from one particular privileged group; white men. Workshop attendees reported that the behaviour of such individuals in tutorials and seminars made them feel bad about themselves and to doubt their own abilities.
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31,600 Reasons To Skip Class
1 June 2017

31,600 Reasons To Skip Class

Last week, Oxfam called for an end to coal subsidies in Australia to reduce poverty. But imagine how much poverty we could eradicate if we stopped subsidising renewables: That graph is from the Minerals Council of Australia report, ‘Electricity subsidies in Australia – the facts‘. On FreedomWatch last week the IPA’s Brett Hogan wrote ‘10 things Oxfam Australia’s coal report won’t tell
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University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack
31 May 2017

University regulator backs down on free intellectual inquiry attack

Australia’s university regulator has backed down on a major attack on campus intellectual freedom, following public scrutiny by the Institute of Public Affairs. In October last year the Territory Education Quality and Standard Agency quietly released a draft Guidance Note on ‘Diversity and Equity’. The original note conflated equivalent opportunity with ‘creating the conditions for equity of outcomes’, re-defined social
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Indigenous Treaty Would Divide Australia Into Two Nations According To Race
31 May 2017

Indigenous Treaty Would Divide Australia Into Two Nations According To Race

All Australians are equal. This principle is the basis of our freedoms and a cornerstone of the Australian constitution. Our nation’s founding document should unify us – not divide us. Any proposal that seeks to enshrine division between Australians on the basis of race should therefore be rejected. And it is why any suggestion of a treaty between Indigenous and
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New IPA Research: Government Should Abandon Bank Tax
26 May 2017

New IPA Research: Government Should Abandon Bank Tax

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today released a research brief outlining why the Government should abandon its proposed changes to the banking sector. The brief argues that the proposed changes are illiberal and exemplify bad policy process; the bank tax will be paid for by all Australians; and the wage and price controls will distort the
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Fairfax Media And Liberal Party Face Same Survival Dilemma In A Changing World
26 May 2017

Fairfax Media And Liberal Party Face Same Survival Dilemma In A Changing World

Two great and venerable Australian institutions are facing profound challenges. Each is suffering from a combination of circumstances beyond their control as well as from their own mistakes. Each is confronted by a range of competitors eager to erode their once-assured market dominance. Each has a long and proud history embellished with significant achievement. Yet each has lived for too
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Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax
25 May 2017

Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax

The Government announced major changes to the banking sector in the 2017-18 Budget, including: • A tax of 0.06% on the liabilities of the four major banks plus Macquarie. • Forty per cent of a banking executive’s variable remuneration must be deferred for at least four years. • The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) will be given powers to require
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Young People Are Appropriating Free Market Culture
25 May 2017

Young People Are Appropriating Free Market Culture

Here is some good news – Young people know the importance of cutting taxes:   That’s from this article from the IPA’s Matthew Lesh in the latest edition of the IPA Review. And you can read our survey of young Australians, Growing Freedom, for more. No doubt they’d agree with the IPA’s Daniel Wild latest Parliamentary Research Brief, ‘Five reasons
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10 Things Oxfam Australia’s Coal Report Won’t Tell You
24 May 2017

10 Things Oxfam Australia’s Coal Report Won’t Tell You

This week’s Oxfam Australia report “More Coal Equals More Poverty,” covered in the Guardian, repeated many of the environmental movement’s usual claims that coal-fired electricity hurts the poor, contributes to global warming and is just about to be eclipsed by renewables anyway. Here is a quick response to some of its major points: 1) Electricity Capacity and Generation Are Not
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You Don’t Argue With Ms 61 Per Cent
24 May 2017

You Don’t Argue With Ms 61 Per Cent

Malcolm Turnbull must be staring at UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s poll numbers with vaulting envy. The Britain Elects polling average puts the Conservatives at 47 per cent primary vote at the time of writing, giving her a potential majority of up to 130 seats – up from David Cameron’s working majority of just 12. In stark contrast, Turnbull’s latest
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