Peter Ridd Should’ve Questioned The Straw Research

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24 May 2018
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If you thought Australia’s declining entrepreneurship rate was bad enough on its own merits, look at the international comparisons:

That’s from Demographics and Entrepreneurship: Mitigating the Effects of an Aging Population, a new book by Canada’s Fraser Institute in collaboration with the IPA. Download a free copy of the book here. You can also read our report Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways to Fix It  from March on why this situation has developed.

We have a great idea for who should be Australia’s next Race Discrimination Commissioner once Tim Soutphommasane’s tenure ends in August: No one. As Morgan Begg told News.com.au on Tuesday, the role is “merely one of political advocacy” that “promotes division in the community”. Read our Parliamentary Research Brief on why the role should remain vacant.

Dr Peter Ridd’s sacking by James Cook University is a disgrace. As John Roskam said on Saturday, “JCU has shredded the idea that Australian universities have any sort of commitment to scientific integrity and free academic inquiry.” Thankfully, Dr Ridd has already raised $160,000 in three days for his legal defence.

This film is an absolute must watch. Dennis Prager and comedian Adam Carolla have combined for the documentaryNo Safe Spaces, a look at the free speech crisis on American universities – and the first trailer has just been released. In April Dennis joined The Young IPA Podcast for a chat on this and a range of other topics – listen or watch here .

In February we told you about how California’s ban on plastic straws for the risk they pose to the environment was based on research conducted by a nine year old kid. Well, this kid has brought another city’s hospitality industry to its knees now that Vancouver is using the same research to justify its straw ban.

Bernard Lewis, one of the world’s foremost experts on Islam, died on Saturday. Mark Steyn shared his memories of Lewis on his blog, saying “there was no one like him, and thus no one to replace him“.

Tomorrow is the launch of Against Public Broadcasting, the new book from the IPA’s Dr Chris Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson making the case for privatisation of the ABC. Order your copy here.

Our friends at the Samuel Griffith Society are hosting their 2018 Conference in Brisbane in August. Details and registration here.

If you’re under 25, there are still tickets available for Generation Liberty’s next Capitalism v Socialism debate on June 7, this time at the University of Sydney. Details here.


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Article of the week:

The world’s ‘woke boyfriend’ Justin Trudeau gave the commencement speech to New York University last week, preaching intellectual diversity, openness to new ideas and the dangers of identity politics. But as J.J. McCullough wrote in The Washington Post on Thursday last week, there’s absolutely no indication Trudeau believes what he said.


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Nowadays most socialists will at least admit that terrible things happened in the Soviet Union. The death of Richard Pipes last week, the unimpeachable scholar of communism’s crimes against humanity, takes us back to the time when the left habitually denied that anything bad at all was happening on the other side of the iron curtain. As this New York Times obituary notes, Pipes’ work made that lie indefensible, and it has been vindicated many times over since.


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