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At Least The British Have A Choice
23 May 2017

At Least The British Have A Choice

There has already been much debate about British Labour’s election manifesto commitment to re-nationalise the UK’s energy, rail, water and postage networks as well as Conservative promises to increase the minimum wage, introduce new protections for workers in the ‘gig economy’ and support the domestic shale gas industry. Are Labor’s plans a retreat to the 1970’s or a preview of
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Drone Regulations Stifle Business And Innovation With New Technology
19 May 2017

Drone Regulations Stifle Business And Innovation With New Technology

The Senate committee examining Australian drone regulations has had just one public hearing and is months away from its December reporting date. Nevertheless, last week they wrote to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, strongly encouraging immediate action and “strengthened regulation” for drone technology. Calls for more red tape and restrictions on drones is not only premature, but
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Integration, Not Segregation Is Best. There’s No Need For Privacy Curtains
19 May 2017

Integration, Not Segregation Is Best. There’s No Need For Privacy Curtains

THE decision by Auburn Council in NSW to install ‘privacy’ curtains at a new public swimming pool in Auburn is a disgrace and completely at odds with Australian values. Belgravia Leisure, which operates the Council run Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, has said that it decided to erect the curtain to ‘overcome cultural barriers and encourage Muslim women to use
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Why Canberra Will Ignore Trump’s Gaffes
19 May 2017

Why Canberra Will Ignore Trump’s Gaffes

It’s every intelligence chief’s nightmare – a phone call announcing the unexpected disclosure of highly sensitive secrets. The stakes are high: intelligence methods potentially compromised; future access to vital intelligence on terrorist plots and other threats jeopardised; diplomatic relations with allies and partners strained; and, in some cases, the lives of agents put at risk. Alarm bells clearly rang at
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Climate Alarmism In C Major
18 May 2017

Climate Alarmism In C Major

Dilbert gets it: Not only are Australia’s 5 major banks to be hit with a new $6.2bn tax, which Simon Breheny said “every single one of us is going to have to pay for“, they have been told they must sign non-disclosure agreements before the government will hand over any details. John Roskam told The Sydney Morning Herald yesterday it was “an
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Changes Could Reduce Reoffending For Low-Risk Criminals
16 May 2017

Changes Could Reduce Reoffending For Low-Risk Criminals

The NSW government continues to lead the way on innovative criminal justice policy. Having last year committed $3.8 billion to new and improved prisons, the government is now pivoting to reforms designed to reduce the need for further prison spending over the longer-term, by lowering reoffending and improving community safety. The government last week announced a package of reforms, including
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Budget 2017: Energy Policy’s Gushing Wounds Won’t Be Fixed With A Mop And Bucket
12 May 2017

Budget 2017: Energy Policy’s Gushing Wounds Won’t Be Fixed With A Mop And Bucket

If you had a wound that was gushing blood onto the floor and your doctor prescribed a mop and bucket, you’d ask where he got his practicing certificate and why he wasn’t fixing the actual problem. Yet this approach is exactly how most western governments are tackling the question of skyrocketing electricity bills. In Australia, household electricity costs have increased
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No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes
12 May 2017

No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes

For years, legitimate questions have been raised over what the modern Labor Party stands for. Following the 2017 budget, those same questions now hang over the Liberal Party. In the House of Representatives on March 11, 1999, Peter Costello, then treasurer, accused the ALP of lacking discernible values: “The Labor Party stands for nothing but populist oppositionism.” The Liberal Party
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This Budget Ends The Liberal Age
12 May 2017

This Budget Ends The Liberal Age

Maybe it’s time to acknowledge what in recent years has become obvious, and what was confirmed on budget night. A unique period in Australia’s modern history is drawing to a close. For three decades both of the country’s major political parties held a commitment to policy reform based on the principles of economic liberalism. It might be that in the
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Best Way To Make Markets More Competitive Lies In Legislating To Cut Red Tape
12 May 2017

Best Way To Make Markets More Competitive Lies In Legislating To Cut Red Tape

Competition is a natural feature of a free market. The idea that the way to increase competition is to strengthen competition laws is naive and misguided. The debate over strengthening section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act is about to heat up again. The government – along with the Greens and Nick Xenophon – wants to introduce an “effects
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