Australia’s average personal tax rate will reach 20% by 2021-22 – the second highest average rate in the country’s history, according to Deloitte Access Economics:
Record-breaking personal tax rates must be an example of those rabid right wing policies that the ABC and the ALP say cost the Coalition the Victorian election. As John Roskam and Daniel Wild wrote on Tuesday in the AFR, there is nothing conservative or liberal about Coalition policies like emissions targets and handing out half-priced TVs. John told J-Air radio station on Tuesday that “Victorians have forgotten the lessons of the 1990s“.
Want to know why Brendan O’Neill is optimistic about the future of freedom and even optimistic about Brexit? Tune into tomorrow’s Young IPA Podcast for Part 1 of our hour long chat with the Spiked editor on Brexit, safetyism, freedom of speech, wokeness and Spiked’s plans for global domination. For a teaser – click here:
Our friends at Connor Court Publishing have released Anti-Woke: Selected Essays by Brendan O’Neill just in time for Christmas. Order before Saturday for a signed copy!
Greg Sheridan’s God is Good for You is officially a best seller and is in its 5th reprint. Greg described how the Judeo-Christian tradition that has underpinned the moral foundation of the West for 2000 years is under threat, and how it can be saved, in an excellent hour long episode of the Conversations with John Anderson series.
I think I’ve seen this one before – a cake shop in Oregon has been fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Jeremy Dys and Mike Berry wrote in this informative National Review piece how forcing people to make government mandated speech is a monumental breach of the First Amendment.
Applications are open for the Liberty & Society 2019 conference being held by our friends at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney in May next year. For details and registration, click here.
Featuring Luc Cazenave, Generation Liberty member, and Maxim Bishev, IPA Review contributor
|“There are a lot of people who are part of this broader wave of conservative thought, especially among adolescents…and it’s the Left who we have to thank for this. We’re the product of their own unwillingness to yield to other forms of thought…when we go to school and we’ve got no conservative thinkers, the only option is to seek those out through other avenues like the IPA or Ben Shapiro.” – Luc Cazenave, Generation Liberty member|
Article of the week:
Jesse Kelly is a Marine Corps combat veteran and Federalist contributor who Twitter banned on Sunday for no reason…well…for being a conservative. He was then reinstated on Tuesday. In this uplifting piece by Kelly in The Federalist on Monday, he explains how in the long run Twitter will lose and open debate will win because “censorship is a horrible thing, but it has one fatal flaw: it doesn’t work”.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Kurt Wallace
In the December edition of Reason magazine, Thomas Sowell reflects on what’s changed in America since he last sat down with Reason 38 years ago. Sowell is well known for his accessible writing on economics, his work on the reasons behind observed disparities, and his deep scepticism of experts and intellectuals. This insightful interview provides an excellent introduction to the thought of one of the great thinkers of our time.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Kurt Wallace, Daniel Andrews: A threat to a twenty-first century economy – The Spectator
- Morgan Begg, LGBTIQX-Men – The Spectator
- Richard Allsop, Luther nailed it – IPA Review
- Kurt Wallace, Protecting flexibility in a dynamic economy – IPA Report