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Looking Forward Episode 76: The Golden Age of Libertarian Scepticism
19 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 76: The Golden Age of Libertarian Scepticism

On this special episode of the IPA’s Looking Forward, co-host Chris Berg interviews Russ Roberts from the Hoover Institution, known to most as the long-standing host of Econtalk, and also Professor Mike Munger from Duke University, who is well known as a libertarian economist and political candidate. Is the Pandemic just the perfect example of Hayek’s Knowledge Problem, that knowledge
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Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?
12 August 2020

Looking Forward Episode 75: Just the Ticket for Biden?

Joe Biden has decided Kamala Harris is to be his pick as vice president based on the fact she is an African-American woman. Should identity politics have a place in the presidential campaign, or should people of power be chosen rather on merit? (3:27-25:20). Dan Tehan has announced a review into Robert French’s freedom of speech on campus model. Should
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure
10 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?
3 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.
27 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we’re joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80’s and 90’s, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what’s similar and what’s different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?
20 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work
6 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

This week the Government focus is finally on getting Australians back to work. But with coronavirus panic still a factor, will the public take the PM’s lead or vote with leaden feet? (1:34-21:42) Daniel Andrews has self-isolated in refusing to reopen Victorian schools, but do health risks really out-weigh social and economic impacts? (21:42-34:54) With negotiations for a trans-Tasman travel
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else
30 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else

Over three million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe App but the Australian Government has a terrible record on digital security and privacy. Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh – now Director of Research at the Adam Smith Institute in London – to discuss this plus the UK’s own experience of coronavirus as
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze
22 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze

Only if we’re free enough to adapt and allow entrepreneurs to create new businesses and institutions will the economy be dynamic enough for the high growth trajectory we need after the devastation of the lockdown. A very special episode of The Looking Forward Podcast as Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University  and host Dr Chris Berg join host Scott Hargreaves
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 59: Only The First To Bail Out?
15 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 59: Only The First To Bail Out?

Australia has been one of the most successful countries in reducing transmission of the coronavirus. Why are the Australian infection rates so low and what does this mean for policymakers and citizens? (2:44-22:37) Virgin Australia has asked the government for a bail out, what role should the government play in restoring the economy and how should this shape policy decisions?
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