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When Green Fantasies Come True
3 November 2016

When Green Fantasies Come True

The fact that French electricity multinational Engie would rather close its doors than continue to operate in Victoria tells you all you need to know about the impact of Green renewable energy policies. Engie today confirmed that it would close Victoria’s Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and in a surprise move said it would also try to sell its
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Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”
2 November 2016

Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”

Janet Albrechtsen had an excellent article in The Australian today on the dangerous “cult of taking offence” ($) stifling free expression in the West: To be sure, America is the home of the modern-day propensity to find offence. If this was a cult called Scientology, progressives would be carefully deconstructing its concerning presence in modernity. But the cult of taking offence
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Your Dinner Party Survival Guide
1 November 2016

Your Dinner Party Survival Guide

There are certain things best not discussed at dinner parties and gatherings of the extended family. This list used to only include religion, sex and politics. More recently ‘climate change’ has become a sensitive issue. At the same time climate change is more likely to be included in a church sermon—indeed, while once considered the concern of scientific institutions, climate
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The Culture Of Freedom: New Book By Dr Kevin Donnelly AM
27 October 2016

The Culture Of Freedom: New Book By Dr Kevin Donnelly AM

The Institute of Public Affairs Foundations of Western Civilisation Program aims to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed by members of our society. How can we understand other cultures if we do not have a firm grasp of our own? This is the question both posed
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The Culture of Freedom
27 October 2016

The Culture of Freedom

How can we understand other cultures if we do not have a firm grasp of our own? This is the question both posed and answered by Dr Kevin Donnelly in The Culture of Freedom, the 5th addition to the IPA’s series of monographs on Western Civilisation. In this latest monograph, Dr Donnelly details the unique and special nature of Western culture.
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IPA Report On The $1.2bn Economic Cost Of Green Lawfare
27 October 2016

IPA Report On The $1.2bn Economic Cost Of Green Lawfare

The IPA’s recent report on how section 487 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act1999 enables environmental activists to hurt development and job creation, was featured on the front page of The Australian today:  Environmental groups’ legal challenges to development projects ranging from dams and roads to coalmines are estimated to have cost the economy up to $1.2 billion — an amount
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South Australia’s New Home Detention Laws Should Not Be About Coddling Criminals
21 October 2016

South Australia’s New Home Detention Laws Should Not Be About Coddling Criminals

Lindsay Bassani, a former Education Department bureaucrat and football coach, was sentenced to home detention after stealing almost $10,000 from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy. Despite being allowed to avoid prison, he is now complaining about his electronic tracking bracelet because of the stigma of being seen with it. The fact that Mr Bassani is complaining is a
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Malcolm Turnbull Must Ignore The Luvvies – He Leads A Centre-Right Party
21 October 2016

Malcolm Turnbull Must Ignore The Luvvies – He Leads A Centre-Right Party

Tony Abbott is right. Australians are sick of the revolving door of prime ministers. As Abbott said on Wednesday, there’s not going to be a change in the Liberal leadership “any time soon”. Liberal MPs are still too bruised by last year’s leadership contest and a close-run election to contemplate either going back to Abbott, or moving to the next
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Je Suis Bill Leak
20 October 2016

Je Suis Bill Leak

The idea that a cartoonist should be answerable to a government body for making a political point is yet another low in the use of Section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act. 18C makes it unlawful to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ on the basis of race or ethnicity. It’s under 18C that columnist Andrew Bolt has had two articles
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Ministerial Confusion A Symptom Of Big Government
18 October 2016

Ministerial Confusion A Symptom Of Big Government

Today’s revelation by the ABC that 100 days after the federal election, Australia’s three defence ministers still don’t actually know what their responsibilities are, is a classic example of what happens when government is too big. A fortnight after the July election, FreedomWatch highlighted the Turnbull Government’s 42 executive officeholders and 53 portfolios, and how this compared unfavourably with the
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