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British Divorce Will Be Australia’s Gain
30 March 2017

British Divorce Will Be Australia’s Gain

If June 23, 2016, marked the beginning of the end of Britain’s membership of the EU, today marks the end of that beginning. Now the two-year negotiating period for Britain to leave the EU begins. Over the next two years, Britain will focus on the size of its divorce settlement with the EU, as well as on a UK-EU free
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There Should Be No Role For Employers In Employee Super Fund Choice
29 March 2017

There Should Be No Role For Employers In Employee Super Fund Choice

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the direction of the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Alternative Superannuation Default Models but will urge it to go further in its Final Report. “The IPA believes that all Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund and that there should be no role for an employer,
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IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape
28 March 2017

IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape

“The Productivity Commission’s final report, Regulation of Australian Agriculture, shows that red tape is the biggest factor undermining prosperity in the agricultural sector,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow with free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This report shows that state governments should scrap their native vegetation laws and start over. Private landowners should not be forced to
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Diverted Profits Tax Will Go Nowhere
28 March 2017

Diverted Profits Tax Will Go Nowhere

The Turnbull government’s diverted profit tax has passed the Parliament. Introduced in response to the moral panic that, somewhere, somehow multinational corporations don’t pay a fair share of taxation, this new tax is at odds with the government’s professed belief in lowering the corporate tax burdens, is at odds with our international competitors, and (as we learnt just this month),
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18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull
24 March 2017

18c Decision Could Mark The End Of The Beginning For PM Malcolm Turnbull

We might soon be approaching the end of the beginning of Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership. A harsh critic of his government might argue that since the federal election in July last year the government has meandered through policy and lacked a clear definition of its purpose. If the leader doesn’t know, or doesn’t explain what they stand for, voters can’t
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Don’t Mess With Dilbert
23 March 2017

Don’t Mess With Dilbert

The more free markets save lives, the more sceptical people become: That graph borrows from this CapX article last week, ‘5 Graphs That Will Change Your Mind About Poverty.’ This video by PragerU from last week presented by Arthur Brooks is also fantastic, showing how government welfare programs don’t reduce poverty rates. Malcolm Turnbull’s 18C announcement on Tuesday is an important step
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Return of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill?
23 March 2017

Return of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill?

Chris Merritt in The Australian today reporting on the ALP’s plan to resurrect the Gillard government’s failed attempt to consolidate federal anti-discrimination laws in 2012: Mr Dreyfus has confirmed that if Labor is elected to government he will be considering imposing a general standard for speech that infringes anti-discrimination law. Under Labor’s proposal, advocates of same-sex marriage would be empowered, for example,
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Like It Or Not, Coal Is Still King
23 March 2017

Like It Or Not, Coal Is Still King

On Wednesday, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club and CoalSwarm released the 2017 edition of Boom and Bust: Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline, a publication that helpfully tallies up all of the coal-fired power stations in development over the globe. Predictably, the report got a strong run in the Guardian under the headline “Coal in Freefall as New Power Plants Dive
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18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start
22 March 2017

18c: Not Perfect, But A Pretty Good Start

The Turnbull government’s proposed changes to section 18c don’t go all the way, but they’re a pretty good start. Yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis announced that section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act would be amended so that it is no longer unlawful to ‘offend’, ‘insult’ or ‘humiliate’ another person because of their race. In their
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IPA Welcomes Substantial Changes To 18C
21 March 2017

IPA Welcomes Substantial Changes To 18C

“The IPA welcomes the Turnbull Government’s commitment to make substantial legislative changes section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act,” according to John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. As reported last night, the Turnbull Government is proposing to replace the words “offend” and “insult” in section 18C with the word “harass”. “This is an important step towards
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