IPA Review Articles

The Myth of Matheship
1 April 2016

The Myth of Matheship

A history of mateship could be a history of Australia. In fact, in the years when the Old Left view of the Australian story dominated the history books, it often was. In these tales, quintessential Australians such as the shearers demonstrated their mateship by reading Henry Lawson’s poems in The Bulletin, forming a union and founding the Labor Party. The
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Progressive of the Year
1 April 2016

Progressive of the Year

The Australian of the Year is meant to go to citizens who ‘shape our nation, inspire us and are role models for us all’. However, the last few years have shown that the award is now strictly given to activists who endorse trendy, progressive causes. With the announcement of the 2016 Australian of the Year award going to Lieutenant General
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What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing
20 February 2016

What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing

• Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. • 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under $150,000, and the median income of Australians negatively geared is $88,751. • Changing negative gearing will make it more
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That Was Right- Principle in Politics
1 December 2015

That Was Right- Principle in Politics

If you stand on the basis of principle you may go wrong, but you will never go far wrong, said Prime Minister Robert Menzies in his 1954 address to the IPA. Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke
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How to be a Thoroughly Liberal Government
1 December 2015

How to be a Thoroughly Liberal Government

On Saturday 10 April 1954, Robert Menzies gave an after dinner speech to the Institute of Public Affairs. The event was a private one, held in Melbourne, and Menzies relished what he thought would be the ‘last opportunity’ to speak in ‘a humane and civilised fashion about the issues before this country’ before election day, which had been set for
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UN Sustainable Development Goals Won’t Help The Poor
6 October 2015

UN Sustainable Development Goals Won’t Help The Poor

The UN ratified its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a month ago. $US2.5 trillion of foreign aid spending between 2015 and 2030 will be devoted to achieving them. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon says they are a plan “for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind”. He is wrong. The SDGs are inefficient, driven by politics
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Book Review: Free Speech Lost In Traslation
10 September 2015

Book Review: Free Speech Lost In Traslation

Chris Berg on Flemming Rose’s ‘controversial’ stand for free speech   Ten years ago in September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons and sparked what the Danish prime minister described as the worst crisis in Danish foreign policy since the Second World War. In his book, The Tyranny of Silence: How One Cartoon Ignited A Global Debate on
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Book Review: Breathing In Freedom
10 September 2015

Book Review: Breathing In Freedom

The last few years has borne witness to an extraordinary growth in government activities. Fiscal stimulus spending, the ramping up of public debt, untrammelled increases in regulation affecting factor and product markets, and the burgeoning growth of the national security apparatus have made us feel less happy, less prosperous, and less safe. If there is any consolation—if not a silver
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Small ‘l’ Liberals
1 August 2015

Small ‘l’ Liberals

Victoria was once ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Liberal Party. As well as providing six of the first seven Federal leaders of the party, the Victorian Liberal Party held power in its own right at state level for 27 years, from 1955 to 1982. Just as federally Robert Menzies’ successors are often treated as footnotes to the era
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Revolution or Rant
1 August 2015

Revolution or Rant

Revolution is Brand’s 350- page rallying cry for the overthrow of civilisation. Brand’s dissatisfaction with the way things are came to light in the now-famous Newsnight interview he had with esteemed British journalist Jeremy Paxman. There, what started as a conversation about Brand never having voted ended with Brand calling for a revolution without being able to explain anything that
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