IPA Review Articles

You Gotta Fight… For Your Right…
17 August 2012

You Gotta Fight… For Your Right…

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, Peter Gregory. The United States of America. The Land of the Free. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Washington. Jefferson. Lincoln. This is the nation that gave us Sinatra, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, NWA and…um…Britney
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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
17 August 2012

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Policy at the IPA, Chris Berg. Few recent social science books have arrived with as much acclaim as Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. The book has been repeatedly reviewed and referenced in opinion pieces around the
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End The Nanny State To Win
13 August 2012

End The Nanny State To Win

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Journalist with ‘The Australian’, Christian Kerr. As the polls plunge and a tide of sleaze threatens the government, Labor has responded with a storm of class war rhetoric unseen in decades. The prime minister has declared the next election will be about ‘whether you stand for the
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The Soviet Origins of Hate-Speech Laws
12 August 2012

The Soviet Origins of Hate-Speech Laws

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Policy at the IPA, Chris Berg. Should Nazis have the right to free speech? Adolf Hitler’s Germany, obviously, had no liberty of expression. Must freedom of speech allow for the toleration of an intolerant minority? The question has been answered in different ways in various
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In Defence Of Ideology
10 August 2012

In Defence Of Ideology

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Editor James Paterson. Since when did ideology become a bad thing? It seems like the last thing modern politicians want to be accused of is an ideological approach to policy. In September 2010 Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen accused Tony Abbott of an ‘ideological opposition to superannuation’. Sadly,
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Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia
5 August 2012

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact – and secure his place in history – he needs to take his inspiration from Australia’s most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did it in less than three years. In a flurry of frantic activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare,
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The Market Works
1 August 2012

The Market Works

“If you are offered free fruit and vegetables at the market, you know they will be rotten. If you want fresh produce, then you have to pay for it.” This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in slums across the developing world choose to forego free public education and send their children to
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Enemies Of Free Speech
17 April 2012

Enemies Of Free Speech

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by cabinet minister in the Howard government, and Fellow with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, Dr David Kemp. Infringements on freedom of speech are hard to justify, and they should be. The public debate that grows out of freedom of speech is the fundamental social
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Time For Abbott To Deliver
17 April 2012

Time For Abbott To Deliver

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by journalist with ‘The Australian’, Christian Kerr. If 2011 was Julia Gillard’s year of decision and delivery. 2012 needs to be Tony Abbott’s. Here’s hoping he has more success. The opposition leader needs to decide if he is going to be a populist, political opportunist-or a leader, a genuine alternative prime minister.
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State Socialism in Victoria (Review)
6 April 2011

State Socialism in Victoria (Review)

In 1932, Victoria was in financial and political crisis. A vast debt had arisen from vast and unwieldy schemes of state development; noble causes and awful execution. The state enterprises had been captured by the unions and their management hamstrung by the un- willingness of politicians to consider efficiencies, fare and tariff adjustments, and the necessity to employ modern management
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