scott morrison

Why It’s Time To Get Back To Point-Scoring
8 May 2020

Why It’s Time To Get Back To Point-Scoring

The sooner politics in Australia returns to normal the better. A national cabinet of the Prime Minister and premiers was a good idea at the time, but it has now served its purpose and should be wound down. The former Liberal leader John Hewson is right when he says the national cabinet has for the moment at least, suspended the
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McKenzie’s Removal Was A Bad Day For Democracy
7 February 2020

McKenzie’s Removal Was A Bad Day For Democracy

In the Battle of Bridget, the unelected bureaucrats have triumphed over the will of the Victorian people with the effect of diminishing the value of our democracy. Senator Bridget McKenzie has paid a steep price for the sports rorts scandal, being forced to resign as Minister for Agriculture and leave Cabinet. The usual narrative around McKenzie’s dismissal was that it
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A Fake Assault On ‘Fake News’: Government’s Intervention Is As Chilling As It Is Insulting
12 December 2019

A Fake Assault On ‘Fake News’: Government’s Intervention Is As Chilling As It Is Insulting

The Morrison government bills its proposed digital platform reforms, announced on Thursday, as “world-leading”. That may be true, in the same way that China’s “Great Firewall” – a tool of authoritarian suppression – was “world-leading” when it began in the 1990s. If that comparison seems dramatic, it is meant to be. The government’s ham-fisted measures have absolutely no place in
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PM Red Tape Cuts A Good Start
21 November 2019

PM Red Tape Cuts A Good Start

“It is very encouraging that deregulation and red tape reduction are back on the agenda as economic reform priorities for the government,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Tonight the Prime Minister addressed the Business Council of Australia annual dinner where he outlined the government’s deregulation agenda. “The announcement by
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What The Liberals Must Learn From Labor
8 November 2019

What The Liberals Must Learn From Labor

The Labor Party’s review of its federal election debacle was delivered to the party’s national executive on Thursday. Apparently the review has concluded the ALP ran a poor campaign, had too many policies and was led by an unpopular leader. Labor didn’t need six months to work that out – they knew that on the Sunday morning after the election.Since the poll
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Asset-Owning Democracy Strengthens Mainstream Australia
10 October 2019

Asset-Owning Democracy Strengthens Mainstream Australia

“Prime Minister Morrison is right to put the interests of the Australian people ahead of an unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On 4 October, the Prime Minister spoke to the Lowy Institute and committed his government to reasserting Australia’s national sovereignty against what he characterised as
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Prime Minister Right To Reject Divisive ‘Voice’ Referendum
12 July 2019

Prime Minister Right To Reject Divisive ‘Voice’ Referendum

“Reports that Prime Minister Scott Morrison would veto a divisive indigenous-only ‘voice to parliament’ represents a win for the principle that all Australians are equal,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This position affirms the democratic values on which Australia was founded. The Australian Constitution should treat all Australian
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The Sun Is Setting On Three Decades Of Free Market Economics
17 May 2019

The Sun Is Setting On Three Decades Of Free Market Economics

How much Australia has changed over the past decade can be seen from the difference between what Kevin Rudd as Labor opposition leader said to get elected in 2007 and what Bill Shorten is saying today in 2019. You can also notice the change by comparing Labor’s and the Coalition’s election policies from this campaign. In 2019 while there’s certainly
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Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble
14 May 2019

Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble

The now-bipartisan bank deposit subsidy scheme is a shortsighted policy which, far from solving the problem of housing affordability, is likely to push up house prices and make housing less accessible for first time buyers. Under the proposed scheme, first proposed by the government, a limited number of eligible households earning up to $200,000 would require just a 5 per
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Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog
3 May 2019

Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog

The idea that Scott Morrison’s election policies should be decided according to what he thinks is popular in electorates such as Wentworth in Sydney and Kooyong in Melbourne is like Donald Trump running for president by appealing to voters in Manhattan and San Francisco. Yet when it comes to the Coalition’s climate change policies that’s what is happening. It’s not quite as
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