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French Dilbert Makes His Call
20 April 2017

French Dilbert Makes His Call

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
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The Conversation Agrees With The IPA
13 April 2017

The Conversation Agrees With The IPA

Red tape is stifling Australian entrepreneurship. Since 2004, Australia’s population over the age of 15 has grown 22%, yet the number of new businesses opening has dropped 5%: That graph is from analysis of ABS data undertaken by the IPA’s Daniel Wild (The ABS data on population is here, and the new business figures are here, here, here, and here).
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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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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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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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The Real Scandal Is Drinking Light Beers
16 March 2017

The Real Scandal Is Drinking Light Beers

Australia lost a great champion for freedom on Friday. The IPA’s Simon Breheny was proud to call Bill Leak a friend, and heard the tragic news as he was about to go to air on Sky News: To see why Bill Leak was such a treasure, read the final speech he gave last Wednesday which shows one of Australia’s greatest
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But 100% Of Hey Is True
9 March 2017

But 100% Of Hey Is True

The UN said last week that free markets undermine “the realization of housing as a human right“. Really? Here’s how freer markets have worked out for the world’s slum dwellers since 1990: Why has the IPA’s Evan Mulholland been quoted in media outlets in New York, Washington, Canada, Malaysia, the UK, Ireland and, the Czech Republic this week? Is it free speech?
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La La Land Should Have Campaigned In The Rust Belt
2 March 2017

La La Land Should Have Campaigned In The Rust Belt

Don’t reform section 18C – just get rid of it, as Simon Breheny said on ABC News 24 on Tuesday: You can watch the IPA’s reaction to the Parliamentary Committee’s report on 18C on Facebook Live, and you can read our 140 page submission. Simon Breheny was also in the Daily Telegraph today saying that despite the committee’s report “the
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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Tax Forms?
23 February 2017

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Tax Forms?

Public sector wages have increased more than private sector wages in 8 out of 9 quarters since December 2014: Would that pass the pub test? In November the IPA’s Aaron Lane wrote that the demands of the public sector unions certainly wouldn’t in a SMH piece the National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union described as…wait for it…”dodgy“.
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Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss
17 November 2016

Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss

Australia is the only country out of the world’s 20 most prosperous nations to experience a drop in prosperity since 2007: That’s one of the findings of the Legatum Prosperity Index 2016 released this month and it is due to our ‘growing protectionism, falling economic diversity, and a more inflexible labour market’. The Index measures categories such as personal freedom,
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