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Three Jazz Hands For The Revolution!

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8 August 2019
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Despite what Noel Pearson thinks about our position on the Voice to Parliament, he and the IPA aren’t that different. We both want Indigenous empowerment and advancement. But the IPA doesn’t think dividing Australians by race is the way to do it:

 

Janet Albrechtsen’s must-read article in The Australian on Wednesday says that a Voice to Parliament separates Australians along an ‘us and them’ divide, but “the essence of human equality is that there is no ‘them’. There is only us.” For all of our work on why Race Has No Place in the Constitution, click here.

Australia is the closest it has been to lifting the ban on nuclear power in a decade after the government announced an inquiry into its use on Saturday. Removing the legislative restrictions on nuclear power was one of the IPA’s ideas to transform Australia back in 2012. Dr Ben Heard in the IPA Review in October last year wrote that without nuclear energy “we can be confident that Australia will finish as an energy loser in the crucial decades to come.”

Has there ever been a climate change conference that didn’t contain a hilarious display of hypocrisy? Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry all attended a Google Camp conference on climate change that needed 114 private jets to get all attendees together to hear about how bad emissions are. But don’t worry – Harry gave his speech barefoot to show how serious he is.

Recently in Hey I shared this article about the rise of the Democratic Socialists of America. Well, if their latest meeting is anything to go by, it’s going to be a while before they get past all the “points of personal privilege” on too much noise and gendered language to figure out how to take over the USA. Standards are slipping in the far left – were jazz hands used in the October Revolution?

Thanks to Kristina Keneally’s remarkable PR efforts, CPAC Australia has nearly sold out! The last tickets to this weekend’s great event with speakers such as Nigel Farage, Janet Albrechtsen, Daniel Wild, Renee Gorman and many more are available here.

Final tickets are available for the 30th Annual Conference of the Samuel Griffith Society in Melbourne this weekend with special guest Geoffrey Blainey. Click here to book your tickets to this unmissable event.

Article of the week:

Is the world getting worse? Absolutely not. Ronald Bailey in the latest edition of Reason magazine shows how much things are improving. For example, according to the World Bank 42% of the world was living in extreme poverty in 1981 – and in 2018 it was 8.6%.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Patrick Hannaford

It’s hard not to be impressed by the bravery of the young Hong Kong protesters who are standing up to a regime with a well-known track record of violently cracking down on dissent. In this piece in The National Interest on Monday, Gordon G. Chang talks about how a movement that began as opposition to an extradition bill is now becoming a full-blown revolution, and how mainland China may be more vulnerable to it spreading than many people think.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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James Bolt

James Bolt is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs

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