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Book Review: An Australian Ruling Class?
10 August 2013

Book Review: An Australian Ruling Class?

John Roskam reviews one of the most important books of 2013 In 1964 Donald Horne’s The Lucky Country was published. Horne had one basic argument—‘Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.’ By the mid-1960s an emerging class of tertiary-educated professionals found a lot to like about Horne’s criticism of their country. This new
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15 May 2013

Australia’s Big Government, By The Numbers

A paper providing the most comprehensive historical estimates of the size of government in Australia. Download document
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Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia
5 August 2012

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact – and secure his place in history – he needs to take his inspiration from Australia’s most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did it in less than three years. In a flurry of frantic activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare,
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The Market Works
1 August 2012

The Market Works

“If you are offered free fruit and vegetables at the market, you know they will be rotten. If you want fresh produce, then you have to pay for it.” This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in slums across the developing world choose to forego free public education and send their children to
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Howard’s Fault?
20 April 2012

Howard’s Fault?

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Richard Allsop. The Slap is full of swearing. As Danielle Williams, the Book Club Leader at the Sydney Writers’ Centre, advised potential readers ‘if you’re easily offended by swearing (and real swearing!) then this isn’t for you’. She explained that most of
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The Debate Rages On
20 April 2012

The Debate Rages On

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Climate Change Policy and the IP and Free Trade Unit at the IPA, Tim Wilson. Following on from his earlier bestseller, professor Ian Plimer has continued his substantial contribution to climate change scepticism through ‘How to Get Expelled From School: A Guide to Climate Change
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Are Christianity and Capitalism Compatible?
20 April 2012

Are Christianity and Capitalism Compatible?

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Melbourne based writer, Sam Hearne. Can a good Christian be an entrepreneur? Christians have long debated what constitutes a moral economy and what is the role of the state and the individual. There have been many lay participants in this debate including Dorothy Day, Bob Santamaria to
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Demystifying China
20 April 2012

Demystifying China

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of the North Australia Project at the IPA, John Shipp. The ‘fundamental shift in the structure of the international system’ brought about by the resurgence of China is a familiar story. An occasionally neglected part of this story is that such a state of affairs was
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Left Wing Panics
20 April 2012

Left Wing Panics

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Chris Berg. David Marr’s new book, Panic, has a thesis that I am predisposed to like. He argues that Australia’s political culture is dangerously susceptible to outbreaks of hysterical fear. Yet he is more correct than even he is willing to acknowledge. Marr
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French Freedom Fighters?
19 April 2012

French Freedom Fighters?

IPA Review- April 2012

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Julie Novak. In many ways France is a representative case for much of what is wrong with the European model of economic development. With a willing embrace of welfare statism at home and a compliant attitude towards European regulations encroaching into its
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