ACTU secretary Sally McManus says that the “fair go is under attack from the wealthy and powerful“. She should check out this great chart from RMIT Professor and IPA senior fellow Sinclair Davidson produced for Catallaxy Files on Thursday:
To see the full ATO statistics for the 2014/15 financial year released this month, click here.
Does calling for an election amount to a “coup”? Apparently it does if you’re at The Guardian. This amazing article on Tuesday accuses British PM Theresa May not only of turning “democracy against itself” but pandering to the “loony Brexiteer fringe” – would that be the “fringe” that won the EU referendum? Mark Steyn said on Fox Business on Tuesday that May understands her premiership “depends on a hard Brexit.”
For all you need to know about the French presidential election, The Telegraph published this helpful explainer yesterday. Serge Galam – a French theoretical physicist who correctly predicted Brexit and Trump (the French Dilbert?) – has produced a mathematical model showing that Marine Le Pen could easily become the next French President.
What’s funnier than The Huffington Post being tricked into publishing a hoax article titled “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” Seeing them defend it as “pretty standard feminist theory” before they realised it was a hoax. For the full story, click here.
This is not a hoax – students at Pomona College in California have claimed objective truth “is a myth and white supremacy“. Over in Pennsylvania, a proposed fast food restaurant at Duquesne University has been opposed by students because it would make them “feel unsafe“. But how can we believe anything they say when truth is a myth?
Article of the week:
This week’s long read is a fascinating 4,800 word article in the latest edition of the Claremont Review of Books. Charles Kesler argues that, far from being unprincipled, Trump’s agenda is actually quite similar to old school Republicans like former president Calvin Coolidge.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell
Bret Easton Ellis, the author of the 1991 novel American Psycho, unloaded on the American left for its hysterical reaction to the election and its intolerance of dissent, lamenting that “liberalism used to be about freedom, and now it is about moral superiority“. The podcast provides an eloquent insider’s take on the way that incivility and identity politics, egged on by Hollywood, are eating the left alive (We even have a trigger warning: please note, the podcast contains some coarse language and drug references).
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Aaron Lane, Australia’s workplace policies – Sunrise, Channel 7
- Simon Breheny, Federal government is ‘kidding itself’ with rumoured restriction on gambling advert, says IPA – 3AW
- Darcy Allen, Trumping Architecture – The IPA Review
- Scott Hargreaves and Daniel Wild, The New Brisbane Line – The IPA Review