Dr Peter Ridd’s fight for freedom of speech on climate change has reached the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane this week, and Gideon Rozner has been our man on the ground telling you exactly what has been happening. Click below for the day 2 recap:
Today is day 3 and the recap will be uploaded tonight – you can click here to sign up for regular updates from the IPA about Peter’s case against James Cook University. Follow Gideon’s live-tweeting of the case here.
Bill Shorten has declared the next federal election a referendum on wages. How about a referendum on taxes? The Reserve Bank said on Tuesday that in 2018 household taxes increased by twice as much as household incomes:
The IPA’s Kurt Wallace wrote in The Australian on Friday that “any attempt to improve wages must include lowering taxes, which in practice means reducing government spending” and cutting red tape.
“This entire thing has been for two years nothing more than an attempt to destroy Trump and undermine the will of the American people as expressed in 2016.” That was Andrew Bushnell’s response on the IPA’s Looking Forward Podcast to the Mueller probe into Russian collusion which found no evidence of Trump committing a criminal offence.
In National Review on Tuesday, Victor Davis Hanson accused the investigation of turning the idea of American jurisprudence into a version of the Soviet’s “show me the man and I’ll show you the crime.”
The week was even better for Republicans when they finally got some real dirt on Democrat Beto O’Rourke – until he ate it. The Washington Examiner reported that the 2020 presidential candidate ate dirt in New Mexico because it has “regenerative powers“.
If you want to know more about “Why the words of Western Civilisation must endure“, tickets are still available for Mark Bauerlein’s exciting tour of Australia next month. You can book tickets for events in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Sydney here:
Last month we told you about progressive actor Jussie Smollett reporting a hate crime that he allegedly committed against himself. This week the charges against Smollett were dropped after his agreement to forfeit his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago. Not that we’d ever call into question the integrity of officials in that city…
Hear me out, but Q&A is actually worth watching next week. John Roskam will be a panellist on Monday night, and readers in Sydney can apply to be in the audience by clicking here.
And that’s it from me. This is my final edition of Hey… What Did I Miss as I turn my focus to legal rights and other IPA research. It’s been my pleasure to bring you this email since I joined the team in February 2016, and I hope you have enjoyed reading them as much as I have enjoyed writing them. My colleague Kurt Wallace will be joining Pete and James on the Hey team next week.
Article of the week:
The shambolic road to Brexit has effectively ended Theresa May’s leadership of the British Conservative Party. At Standpoint magazine, Michael Mosbacher catalogues the litany of May’s strategic errors that have led to the British government failing to execute the will of the British voters.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Kurt Wallace
This fascinating piece from Daniel Ajamian at the Mises Institute on Tuesday explores the ramifications of divorcing the concepts of the individual and freedom from revelation and tradition. Ajamian argues that if we want to move towards liberty, we need to regain the solid foundation of Christian morality.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- John Roskam, The unions unsheath their super weapon – The Australian Financial Review
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, What would a physicist know about the great barrier reef – Jennifer Marohasy Blog
- Evan Mulholland, Silencing Milo – The Spectator Australia
- Dr Bella d’Abrera, Trust an academic to be so foolish – The Australian
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, Fake photographs at heart of Peter Ridd’s sacking – Jennifer Marohasy Blog
- John Lloyd, Report into the Victorian on-demand workforce – Research Paper
- Zac Gorman, The Swan River Colony and the birth of Australian Liberalism – LibertyFest
- John Roskam – Why Dr Peter Ridd is so important – Sky News Jones & Co
- Daniel Wild, There is a free speech crisis at Australian campuses – Sky News The Friday Show
- Gideon Rozner, Andrew Bolt and Gideon Rozner discuss Ridd trial – Sky News The Bolt Report