For every page of legislation produced by Parliament, there are a further 8 pages produced by unelected and unaccountable government agencies:
Australia has a red tape crisis. And it's the red tape you can't see that's making the problem worse.Kurt Wallace's new report exposes Regulatory Dark Matter in Australia:
Posted by Institute of Public Affairs on Wednesday, 25 September 2019
That’s the key take out from Kurt Wallace’s latest video on regulatory dark matter. This contributes to the $176 billion in lost economic output red tape costs Australia each year. Read more in Kurt’s research report from June here.
Here are the three things you need to read about 16 year old Greta Thunberg’s “how dare you?” speech to the UN Climate Change Conference on Monday:
- “Green ideology” is filling children with “a deranged belief that the end of the world is nigh” wrote Brendan O’Neill in Spiked on Tuesday.
- Nick Gillespie’s detailed piece in Reason outlined how environmental doomsayers are simply wrong, and there is no looming “expiration date” for earth.
- And Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ delightful ‘A message for children about climate change‘ on Monday is something you should show every kid you know.
Justin Trudeau had a “teachable moment“, sorry “moments”, this week when it emerged he’d worn blackface on various occasion in the past. For a laugh, watch Trudeau explain to a young woman in 2018 that “we like to say peoplekind, not mankind“. Then read in National Review about the hypocrite-in-chief’s appalling treatment of a colleague falsely accused of racism earlier this year.
Carson King is a 24 year old Iowa security guard who raised $1 million for a local hospital this week. Of course, the Des Moines Register felt the need to publish racist tweets Carson made when he was 16. In a stunning example of natural justice, Aaron Calvin, the journalist who published the tweets then had his own offensive tweets from years ago dug up.
If all this is making you regret mistakes you’ve made in your youth (or in Trudeau’s case, when you were 29) – maybe follow the example of Union Seminary in New York. The seminary boasts of being a place where “progressive theology has long taken shape” so it’s little wonder that last week in the chapel participants confessed their sins…to plants.
Climate Change: The Facts 2020 will be out next year! Watch Gideon Rozner’s video promoting the book and please make a tax deductible donation to support the publication of this new book of research here.
Article of the week:
Henry Hill had this detailed analysis of the UK Supreme Court’s decision to rule the recent prorogation unlawful and what its legal, political and constitutional ramifications are in CapX on Tuesday.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Dr Bella d’Abrera
The great Douglas Murray has a new book out – The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity. Described by Jordan Peterson as “a truthful look at today’s most divisive issues”, the book examines “the weaponisation of identity” in the “postmodern era in which the grand narratives of religion and political ideology have collapsed”. The Young IPA Podcast’s interview with Douglas in 2018 has had over 70 thousand views.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Pat Hannaford, Two days in Bankstown won’t change the ABC’s elitist culture – The Spectator Australia
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, How to evaluate the evidence of contrarians – scientifically – Jennifer Marohasy Blog
- Dr Bella d’Abrera, Our universities have caved in to lazy groupthink – The Australian
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, Come visit the reef with me, Misha Ketchell – The Spectator Australia
- Tor Hundloe, A pillar of strength – IPA Review