Labour

To Stop Pork-barrelling, Confiscate The Pork
25 August 2022

To Stop Pork-barrelling, Confiscate The Pork

Handing power to public servants won’t fix the problem of politically targeted grants. Governments should do less and spend less. There’s a certain irony in a think tank established with a $30 million taxpayer-funded grant from state and federal Labor governments issuing a report criticising Coalition government “pork-barrelling”. That’s the difference between Labor in power and the Coalition in office.
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Labor’s Housing Plan: The Monster Is In The Detail
9 May 2022

Labor’s Housing Plan: The Monster Is In The Detail

In 2010, the then Rudd government introduced a 40 per cent tax on mining companies. The tax took the form of a virtual co-investment that saw the Commonwealth attempting to finance risky assets at the long-term government bond rate. It was economically illiterate and no doubt contributed to the demise of Rudd’s prime ministership. It seems there is a bit
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Climate Accord An Undemocratic Stitch-Up
9 May 2022

Climate Accord An Undemocratic Stitch-Up

“Jim Chalmers’ proposed ‘accord’ on climate policy is an elitist stitch-up between the big end of town which is getting wealthy off green subsidies at the expense of the jobs of mainstream Australians,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Australian Financial Review reported that should Labor win government, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers
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Australians Won’t Pay For Net Zero
3 May 2022

Australians Won’t Pay For Net Zero

“That a significant majority of Australians have again been found willing to pay little or nothing to cut emissions reinforces that support for net zero in the community is shallow and weak,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. A survey conducted by Resolve Strategic for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age released today
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The Chilling Effect Of Net Zero Dreams
14 February 2022

The Chilling Effect Of Net Zero Dreams

The push towards a Net Zero climate policy for Australia jeopardises investment of $200 billion in coal, gas and oil projects currently in development in Australia, with tens of thousands of jobs on the line. The Australian Greens have sent a dangerous signal to investors by making clear their Net Zero policies involving a moratorium on new coal, gas and
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Victorian Electoral Commission’s Move To Gag Andrew Bogut
20 January 2022

Victorian Electoral Commission’s Move To Gag Andrew Bogut

It is a sign of how Covid has emboldened the authoritarian instincts of the political class that the Victorian Electoral Commission thought it could silence Andrew Bogut for expressing a political opinion. The Australian basketball legend revealed on Twitter this week that the VEC had written to him in December to advise that it believed he had broken electoral laws
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