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Young People Need Hope And Jobs, Not Gesture Politics
8 April 2017

Young People Need Hope And Jobs, Not Gesture Politics

Calls from two Nick Xenophon Team parliamentarians and Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan to establish a Federal Minister for Young People proves that bad ideas in Federal politics are not the exclusive domain of the major parties. NXT MP Rebekha Sharkie has justified the idea by claiming that “children and young people feel like they’re being spoken at, not
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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority
7 April 2017

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the ACMA in Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia.   Download the full report here
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US Has Sent Syria A Message
7 April 2017

US Has Sent Syria A Message

There are seminal moments in a US presidency, often sadly sparked by catastrophe. Recall the Srebrenica Massacre for Bill Clinton and 9/11 for George W Bush. Likewise, Tuesday’s horrific chemical weapons attack in Syria marked a turning point for Donald Trump’s nascent presidency and US global leadership more broadly. So, struck by the tragic images of dead and dying children
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Business Bosses Hide Out In The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge
7 April 2017

Business Bosses Hide Out In The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge

Liberal Party pollster, Mark Textor recently gave a penetrating insight into the hopelessness of the policy advocacy provided by many of Australia’s business leaders. Business leaders, he said, had “deskilled” themselves when it came to communicating to the community, and had “retreated further into their bubble”. According to Textor representatives of big government, big business, and big unions “all meet
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Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails
7 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails

The new WA Government has said that it cannot afford to build a new $600 million prison planned by the previous government. But this cost cannot be avoided simply by letting people out of prison. Criminal justice reform must always be about maximising community safety. The Government is right to look for inefficiencies in the criminal justice system. WA has
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Let’s Get The Crossbenchers Some Pepsi
6 April 2017

Let’s Get The Crossbenchers Some Pepsi

Last week, the government’s proposed reforms of section 18C were blocked in the Senate. If you want to know which Senators are to blame, here they are. This image has now been seen by 110,000 people on social media. Do you want another sign of how bad free speech is in Australia? Ayaan Hirsi Ali can’t tour Australia because of
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How To Fix The NDIS
1 April 2017

How To Fix The NDIS

Seven years have passed since a campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was launched by disability service providers and several funded advocacy bodies. Its architects presented the scheme to governments as an apparently innovative and visionary solution to the crisis in disability support. Despite, or perhaps because of, the limited knowledge of disability by policy makers, politicians and
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No Escaping Brexit Lesson
1 April 2017

No Escaping Brexit Lesson

Divorce is never easy. And a divorce after 44 years of unhappy marriage is harder still. Navigating the settlement, splitting the assets, untangling lives while remaining on speaking terms takes the moral fortitude most of us are not blessed with. But that is what will be required of British Prime Minister Theresa May and her European Union counterpart, Donald Tusk,
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Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election
30 March 2017

Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election

“The Coalition government must take its commitment to reform section 18C to the next election,” said Simon Breheny, director of policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Coalition government’s Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 today failed to pass the senate in full, with Australian Labor Party, Australian Greens, Nick Xenophon Team and Jacquie
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An Inconvenient Truth For The NYT
30 March 2017

An Inconvenient Truth For The NYT

These two graphs from a new report called ‘Why Australians are struggling to get ahead‘, released this week by our friends at the Menzies Research Centre, encapsulate Australia’s budget predicament: On Saturday night, millions around the world turned off their lights for Earth Hour, while 1.3 billion people globally live in darkness permanently. Bjorn Lomborg dismantled Earth Hour in USA
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