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Private Order
9 November 2016

Private Order

Libertarians hail the wonders of ‘private governance’-the idea that left to their own devices, free people will organise themselves without needing the coercive power of the state. To others, however, this libertarian view is akin to riding unicorns-no one can quite see any tangible examples. All they can see is the power of government, a potent force solving almost all
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8 November 2016

IPA Welcomes Inquiry On Free Speech

The Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed the announcement of a parliamentary inquiry by the human rights committee into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and curbs on freedom of speech in Australia. “This would help break the deadlock in parliament over section 18C and provide people with an opportunity to outline the consequences of limiting freedom of
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Brexit Means Brexit – And Democracy Too
7 November 2016

Brexit Means Brexit – And Democracy Too

The stench of elite hatred for democracy is sifting through the streets of London. The courts have ruled against the Government’s ability to implement the clear democratic will of the people. Meanwhile, Remainers disparage those who voted for Brexit as uneducated and uninformed, tricked by a campaign of deceit, and voting against their supposed best interest. They show an absolute
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Dreamworld AGM Fiasco Is The Sort Of Reason People Hate Corporate Australia
4 November 2016

Dreamworld AGM Fiasco Is The Sort Of Reason People Hate Corporate Australia

What Ardent Leisure did last week says a lot about Australia’s corporate culture. Two days before its scheduled annual general meeting four people were killed in an accident at Dreamworld, a Gold Coast theme park owned by the company. The annual general meeting went ahead and shareholders voted to award the chief executive a bonus. Instead of focusing all of
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4 November 2016

The Process Is The Punishment For QUT Students

“The Turnbull government cannot stick its head in the sand any longer on section 18C: the law must be repealed,” said John Roskam, Executive Director at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The proof that the human rights regime is damaged beyond repair is now plain for all to see,” said Mr Roskam. “The federal government must
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3 November 2016

Hazelwood Closure A Disaster For Victoria And Australia

The confirmation today that French energy company Engie will close Victoria’s Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and also try to sell Loy Yang B, will have serious consequences for electricity prices and security, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The fact that Engie would rather close its doors than continue to operate in Victoria
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I’m Sure They’ll Get It Right Next Time
3 November 2016

I’m Sure They’ll Get It Right Next Time

James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal compiled this list of headlines from the past decade, which really speak for themselves: “2006: Expect Another Big Hurricane Year Says NOAA”—headline, MongaBay.com, May 22, 2006 “NOAA Predicts Above Normal 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season”—headline, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration press release, May 23, 2007 “NOAA Increases Expectancy for Above-Normal 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season”—headline, gCaptain.com, Aug. 7, 2008
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Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”
2 November 2016

Albrechtsen On The “Cult Of Taking Offence”

Janet Albrechtsen had an excellent article in The Australian today on the dangerous “cult of taking offence” ($) stifling free expression in the West: To be sure, America is the home of the modern-day propensity to find offence. If this was a cult called Scientology, progressives would be carefully deconstructing its concerning presence in modernity. But the cult of taking offence
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Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations
1 November 2016

Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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1 November 2016

Submission To The Senate Environment And Communications Committee – Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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