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IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget
19 December 2016

IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget

The worsening condition of the Federal Budget is further evidence of the need to re-think the role of the government in Australia, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The latest Commonwealth Budget figures were released today in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. They show the cumulative expected deficits from 2016-17 to 2019-20 have
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Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste
24 November 2016

Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste

The Grattan Institute’s report demanding a new sugar tax on soft drinks is a blatant insult to the Australian people. Grattan, founded by the Rudd government, prides itself on “evidence-based” policy. Its latest work, which follows Greens policy, smacks of anything but. Sugar taxes do not work. Research has found they fail to reduce obesity and have a regressive impact
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Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice
18 November 2016

Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice

Last Wednesday afternoon, just as it was becoming clear Donald Trump would win the US presidential election Aaron Patrick, senior writer at this paper reported on an insight he had gained from an unnamed minister in the Turnbull government. When asked about whether there were any lessons for Australia from what had just happened in the United States the minister
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18C Repeal The Only Solution On Freedom Of Speech
11 November 2016

18C Repeal The Only Solution On Freedom Of Speech

Here’s a simple idea all lawmakers should adopt: when a law is fundamentally broken, it should be repealed. Not replaced. Repealed. So it is with section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Removing the words “offend” and “insult” from a provision that has been used as a weapon against newspaper cartoonists and university students is an incredibly modest proposal. Any
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New Poll Shows Widespread Support For Free Speech
10 November 2016

New Poll Shows Widespread Support For Free Speech

New Galaxy Research polling commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs has found that 64 per cent of Australians oppose a newspaper cartoonist being investigated by the Australian Human Rights Commission, and 45 per cent of Australians support change to the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend” or “insult” Executive Director of the Institute
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Je Suis Bill Leak
20 October 2016

Je Suis Bill Leak

The idea that a cartoonist should be answerable to a government body for making a political point is yet another low in the use of Section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act. 18C makes it unlawful to ‘offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate’ on the basis of race or ethnicity. It’s under 18C that columnist Andrew Bolt has had two articles
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Ministerial Confusion A Symptom Of Big Government
18 October 2016

Ministerial Confusion A Symptom Of Big Government

Today’s revelation by the ABC that 100 days after the federal election, Australia’s three defence ministers still don’t actually know what their responsibilities are, is a classic example of what happens when government is too big. A fortnight after the July election, FreedomWatch highlighted the Turnbull Government’s 42 executive officeholders and 53 portfolios, and how this compared unfavourably with the
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Section 18C Must Go As It Curbs Freedom Of Speech
14 October 2016

Section 18C Must Go As It Curbs Freedom Of Speech

Freedom of speech is meaningless if all it entails is the liberty to express opinions approved by the state. Freedom of speech is richer than that. It’s a fundamental human right – which is also vital to the proper operation of a functioning liberal democracy – that is breached whenever the state ­places restrictions upon it. Section 18C is a
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Red Tape Hampers Resources Recovery For Miners
8 October 2016

Red Tape Hampers Resources Recovery For Miners

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a possible market recovery, and unleashing the potential benefits of a second mining boom, can only begin by cutting the layers of red tape sitting between miners and the resources they seek to extract. Australia’s has a red tape problem. Recent research
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Federal Spending A Dangerous Drug Of Dependence
22 September 2016

Federal Spending A Dangerous Drug Of Dependence

While the deal struck last week between the government and opposition to get $6.3 billion of savings over four years through the Parliament is welcome, it is still just treating the symptoms rather than tackling the disease. In fact it is the expectation that Canberra must be involved in tackling every problem and managing every program, with the assumption that
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