The IPA’s Evan Mulholland was quoted in the Herald Sun on the decision of Darebin Council to no longer recognise Australia Day.
Mr. Mulholland stated that the decision was bizarre and showed beyond a doubt that the: “left’s pernicious philosophy of identity politics has well and truly infiltrated local government”.
“Australia Day is a day where we can both celebrate what Australia means to all Australians and at the same time recognise the difficulties of our past,” he said.
“Councils should stick to the basics like roads and rubbish rather than expanding into activism and left wing projects.”
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IPA Executive Director, John Roskam, was quoted in the Australian Financial Review regarding Australia falling out of the top 20 countries in the world competitiveness rankings:
Mr. Roskam said that the slide away from free markets is a product of people forgetting that the past 20 years of economic growth has been a “direct result of market liberalisation”.
“The free market right in Australia has been complacent about the success that neo-liberalism has brought, and you now have a cohort in the federal Liberal Party that has no understanding of what happened in the 1970s and 1980s.”
“The problem that we have is that success breeds complacency, and that in a more complicated world governments are responding to competition, against markets, and ultimately it’ll be to the detriment of consumers.”
“The most important prices in the today’s economy – the price of money, energy, labour and housing – are all the product of unprecedented government intervention.”
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