Opinion

Malcolm Turnbull Is Set On Making Super Another ETS Moment For Himself
15 July 2016

Malcolm Turnbull Is Set On Making Super Another ETS Moment For Himself

In 2009 as the leader of the opposition Malcolm Turnbull supported the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. He maintained his support for an ETS in the face of overwhelming opposition from the grassroots members of his own party, and against the grave concerns of many of his parliamentary colleagues. It did not end well for Turnbull. Seven years later,
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Britian’s First Post-Brexit PM Theresa May Will Be Tested
14 July 2016

Britian’s First Post-Brexit PM Theresa May Will Be Tested

Theresa May is Britain’s new prime minister. Should we “Keep Calm and Carry On” or hit the panic button? The initial reaction from markets and the British political establishment has been a collective sigh of relief. Markets and institutions value certainty of political leadership and they reacted positively when May became PM. May triumphed when the other candidate for the
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A Pokemon In The Eye For Nanny State
13 July 2016

A Pokemon In The Eye For Nanny State

A new app is doing what years of nanny state programs and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars failed to do – get people outside, on their feet and living healthier lifestyles. Pokemon GO was released only last Wednesday and is already the most popular mobile application on iPhone and Android. The game puts players in aug-mented reality, based on real
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A Treaty With First Australians Is Divisive And Dangerous
13 July 2016

A Treaty With First Australians Is Divisive And Dangerous

The concept of a treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is illogical and divisive. The current push for such a document is misguided, and should be abandoned. It’s difficult to think of another policy idea that has taken hold with so many people with so little thought. Bill Shorten backed the idea on national television. University academics have
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Populism Is Not A Dirty Word
10 July 2016

Populism Is Not A Dirty Word

The political news right now is Malcolm Turnbull’s tenuous hold on government. But tight elections aren’t unusual. The real significance of the 2016 election is how it reveals the growing dissatisfaction with the political class and mainstream parties. This is a thread that links the support for Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson in Australia with the support for Donald Trump
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Protectionists Do Australia No Favours
8 July 2016

Protectionists Do Australia No Favours

The federal Parliament is now stacked with politicians peddling anti-globalisation agendas contrary to Australia’s interests. The underlying motivations for the Turnbull government to call the 2016 election, refilling the upper house with compliant legislators but maintaining a stable working majority in the lower house, have backfired spectacularly. At the time of writing the government believes it will scrape back into
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Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election
4 July 2016

Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the average voter. That means cutting taxes, not increasing them; cutting government spending, not increasing it. This is the clear message voters have sent to the Coalition following the
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Innovation Statement? The Government Doesn’t Even Allow Lemonade Stands
11 December 2015

Innovation Statement? The Government Doesn’t Even Allow Lemonade Stands

The story of what happened to Chelsea-lee Downes reveals everything that’s wrong with Australia’s attitude to innovation and risk-taking. Malcolm Turnbull and Chris Pyne’s Innovation Statement released on Monday is a good start. Less important than the statement’s billion dollars of handouts is its recognition that our attitude to innovation must change. And of course, the biggest source of opposition
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UN Sustainable Development Goals Won’t Help The Poor
6 October 2015

UN Sustainable Development Goals Won’t Help The Poor

The UN ratified its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a month ago. $US2.5 trillion of foreign aid spending between 2015 and 2030 will be devoted to achieving them. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon says they are a plan “for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind”. He is wrong. The SDGs are inefficient, driven by politics
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End The Cotton Wool Culture For Kids
31 January 2014

End The Cotton Wool Culture For Kids

A lot of nonsense has been written lately about young people, alcohol and violence. But there’s one particular bit of nonsense that stands out. It’s this statement from Michael Daube in The Sydney Morning Herald last week: “Today’s youth have vastly more freedom than before, and are much more affluent.” Daube is a professor of health policy at Curtin University
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