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Left Behind: Critiquing The Idealism Of Marxist Intellectuals Reveals The Failures Of Leftist Thought Since The Mid-20th Century
1 August 2016

Left Behind: Critiquing The Idealism Of Marxist Intellectuals Reveals The Failures Of Leftist Thought Since The Mid-20th Century

To judge Roger Scruton by his demeanour and suitably tweedy appearance, it would be easy to assume he comes from a strand of British philosophy previously personified by the later versions of Michael Oakeshott; suspicious of Continental idealism and more generally, the practical claims of metaphysics and rationalism. But through his works we see he is supremely learned in the
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31 July 2016

Cut Green And Red Tape To Drive More Growth In Farming Sector

The release of the new Productivity Commission draft report into the regulation of agriculture confirms that Tasmanian farmers are shackled by costly and unnecessary red tape. The report covered many issues – from the growth of strict environmental laws and rules inhibiting foreign investment to regulation of shipping – and should be used as a ready guide for where governments
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Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails
28 July 2016

Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails

Reporting of Andrew Leigh’s reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his salary by $40,000. This is particularly a shame because Leigh is the author of a policy where Labor and a free market think tank like the Institute of Public Affairs can rightly see eye to eye. During
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What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?
26 July 2016

What Is The Meaning Of Andrew Leigh’s Pay Cut?

Word is that all Labor MPs have to be a member of a trade union. It is surprising then that Andrew Leigh’s union haven’t been knocking on Bill Shorten’s door. Perhaps they are planning a picket for the first day of parliament. Andrew Leigh has just had to accept a $40,000 pay cut while remaining in the Labor shadow cabinet
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25 July 2016

Red Tape Strangling Opportunity

Australia is supposed to be the land of the fair go. When someone wants to take on a new challenge, most of us cheer them on. This spirit is one of the things that makes Australia so great. But the decision by the Baird government on Wednesday to retain red-tape barriers to becoming a hairdresser is the latest example of
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22 July 2016

Now Not The Time To Retreat From Health Reform

The politically effective Mediscare campaign is a powerful reminder of Australia’s growing reluctance to pursue health sector reform. With the 2016 federal election result favouring the Turnbull government, the policy wonks are now busily absorbing the ramifications of a long, exhausting campaign for political supremacy. But one thing was made crystal clear even before election night: reforming healthcare is difficult,
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21 July 2016

Potential Rorting A Warning For PaTH Program

Allegations of potential rorting of the Victorian Labor government’s ‘Back to Work’ scheme is a warning shot across the bow of the re-elected Federal Coalition government’s own wage subsidy program. Getting people into work is a laudable aim, but governments of all persuasions need to be careful of rent-seekers lining up to line their own pockets. The announcement of a
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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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