PUBLICATIONS

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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7 July 2016

Get More Cops On The Beat To Stop Violent Crime Wave

“The recent spate of cars being set on fire across Cranbourne illustrates the urgent need to reinvest some of Victoria’s criminal justice spending in the police force. This is the best way to stop violent crime,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The recent car arsons come on top of
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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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1 July 2016

The Role Of Entrepreneurs And Government In Australia

Coming from overseas in the 1970s, Australia looked to me like the ‘Land of Missed Opportunities’. Partial liberalisation during the Hawke-Keating era and some further reforms under Howard-Costello let Australian entrepreneurs and citizens realise much of their considerable potential: Australians became winners. Since then, we have suffered wealth-sapping political curtailments of economic freedom. After the 2016 election, overdue and urgent
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1 July 2016

Your Right To Work: The Employment Policy Of A Truly Liberal Government

At its heart, industrial relations law is about people, and their ability to earn an income, support a family and take greater responsibility for their own lives. In other words, employment is not about what we do – but who we are. Through work we build relationships that enrich us, skills which develop us, and ideas that define us. Anything
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20 June 2016

Ten Red Tape Initiatives For The Next Australian Government

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only solution. However, both sides of federal politics are yet to make a clear comprehensive commitment to cut red tape. In this short paper we
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20 June 2016

Bolt: Worth Fighting For

“One bloke who sticks his head up is Andrew Bolt…writing with clarity and conviction.” – Alan Jones, 2GB. Andrew Bolt is Australia’s most prominent and controversial commentator. In this second book of columns and reflections, Bolt is again in the front lines of our most urgent political and social debates, from Islam and immigration to the green movement and the
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In Defence Of The British Nation State: The Australian Case For Brexit
1 June 2016

In Defence Of The British Nation State: The Australian Case For Brexit

On 23 June, Britons will be asked, Brexit or not? The answer will have seismic ramifications for the future of democracy, sovereignty and freedom. No lesser advocates than Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron have prosecuted the affirmative and negative cases for Brexit. Why then, should an upstart Australian enter the fray in the Brexit debate? Because Brexit is
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