PUBLICATIONS

7 September 2016

Dead To History

A movement to censor our history is forming at Australian universities. Students and academics are campaigning for buildings and lecture halls to be renamed because of their association with ‘offensive’ historical figures. They no longer feel comfortable confronting, or even acknowledging, the past- instead, they want to expunge it altogether. Their first target is the renaming of the Richard Berry
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7 September 2016

Way Too Much Fuss Over A Simple T-Shirt

This week Target became the latest target of the politically correct warriors. Target’s crime of political correctness was to sell a T-shirt. A pink T-shirt for girls. The t-shirt read, “Batgirl to-do list: Dryclean cape, wash batmobile, fight crime, save the world”. And with that, the warriors launched their attack on social media. The accusations the warriors levelled at Target
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5 September 2016

A Shift In Monetary Policy Won’t Work Miracles

A nominal GDP target for central banks isn’t without merit, but a monetary fix won’t be a cure-all for our economic problems. Given these chaotic days of unorthodox monetary policy practice, such as ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing, talk about reforming the way central banks manage the monetary system is seemingly at an all-time high. Bursting from the academic
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1 September 2016

Strangling The Goose With The Golden Egg

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system largely achieves that goal for low and high-income earners, middle-income Australia is poorly served. High effective tax rates on superannuation are a
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The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail
26 August 2016

The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail

The spectacle of Malcolm Turnbull arguing passionately for higher taxes on self-funded retirees while saying the reform of laws restricting freedom of speech in Australia was not a priority sits uneasily with what he said on the night he became prime minister. In the evening of September 15, 2015, he laid down the measure against which his time as PM
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Still A Strong Case For Keeping Privatisation In The Reform Tool Kit
22 August 2016

Still A Strong Case For Keeping Privatisation In The Reform Tool Kit

Despite recent concerns raised by the head of Australia’s competition watchdog, privatisation remains a viable reform option. Even though it has been firmly established as a modern economic reform mainstay, the notion of privatisation remains a controversial one among the public at large. There are vested interests that will disparate privatisation as a matter of course, regardless of its successes,
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Volunteerism And Civil Society
21 August 2016

Volunteerism And Civil Society

The United Firefighters Union’s attempted power grab over the Country Fire Authority is more than a Victorian industrial dispute, it’s an attack on civil society and the Australian tradition of volunteerism. The principles of civil society are at the heart of Australia’s social fabric. Throughout history, Australians have exemplified an altruism and generosity that has enriched our public life and
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Is Reform Hopeless In An Era Of Disillusion? The Degraded Trust Between Voters And Their Representatives Has Serious Economic Consequences
20 August 2016

Is Reform Hopeless In An Era Of Disillusion? The Degraded Trust Between Voters And Their Representatives Has Serious Economic Consequences

Around 23 per cent of Australians gave their primary vote to minor parties and independents at the July federal election. This is the highest number since the formation of the Liberal Party and the three party system at the end of the Second World War. When political historians look back on our era it is unlikely they will focus on
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WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend
19 August 2016

WARNING: This Article Contains Ideas That Offend

Trigger warnings-alerts before content that could cause emotional discomfort-are an attack on intellectual freedom. The warnings change understanding, damage student mental health, and contradict the entire purpose of higher education: to challenge, not coddle, students. Following the concerning American trend, trigger warnings have quietly crept into Australian universities in recent years. They have become replete across student publications and organisations,
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Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go
19 August 2016

Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go

A free speech revolution is just over the horizon. Several recent events are demonstrating that Australians are sick and tired of a political class that gets to decide the limits of public debate and restrict the free flow of ideas. Such a system is anti-democratic, and it is being rejected. Three key events are shaping the debate on freedom of
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