Australian manufacturing – worse than France

September 18, 2014

From Peter Gregory

Australia has the highest manufacturing costs in the world, according to a Boston Consulting Group index released last month. The reason? Australia’s manufacturing wages have increased 48% in the last decade whilst productivity fell by 1%! (Coverage from the WSJ here).

The BCG Global Manufacturing Cost-Competitiveness Index is full of fascinating insights, like that the US manufacturing renaissance will be driven by cheap energy – as predicted by Robert Bryce in his fantastic lecture to the IPA last week.

It looks like another Australian of the Year has got it wrong! Yesterday ABC board member and 2003 Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley complained that The Australian claimed the ABC was biased and should be privatised. Professor Stanley – that was the IPA!

As rightly pointed out by The Australian ($) today, our report in August showed that the ABC is biased against coal and coal-seam gas, and it was the IPA’s James Paterson who wrote in The Australian that the ABC should be privatised (and here’s when we talked it about in Hey).

Speaking of climate change, this graph shows how much people have been speaking about climate change (scroll down to the second one) by analysing 600 million words from 87,000 movies and TV shows (it won’t please the ABC).

This is some good news for the future! A poll conducted by the Knight Foundation in the US has found that for the first time in a decade students support the first amendment more than adults. And students that have learnt about the first amendment in class are more supportive than those who haven’t. (All the more reason to oppose the national curriculum as the IPA’s Stephanie Forrest did in The Australian in June!)

The historic vote for Scottish independence is tonight Australian time. Last Friday in Breitbart, James Delingpole wrote 10 reasons why he hopes the Scots vote ‘yes’. In The Telegraph last week, Dan Hannan made the emotional case for the ‘no’ vote. And yesterday in the Brisbane Times, Chair of the Australian Flag Association, Allan Pidgeon dispelled any scuttlebutt that a ‘yes’ vote will lead to a change in Australia’s flag.

In Melbourne on Monday 6 October Professor Frank Furedi, a world leading commentator on culture and education in the West, will be in conversation with Nick Cater and John Roskam about ‘The Ultimate Freedom? Current and emerging threats to freedom of speech.’ Details and registration here.

And in Adelaide on Wednesday 22 October the HR Nicholls Society is holding a lunchtime forum called ‘South Australia – how the labour market can help the state’. Details here.

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Nominate Andrew Bolt for the 2014 Human Rights Commission Medal

September 11, 2014

From John Roskam

  • 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity between 1990 and 2010. For every person who gained access due to wind and solar, 13 gained access thanks to coal.
  • Out of the world’s population of 7 billion, 1.2 billion people don’t have electricity.
  • If wind power was to meet just the annual growth in global energy demand, an area the size of the UK would have to be covered in windfarms every year.

This is what American author Robert Bryce talked about when he delivered the 2014 HV McKay Lecture at the IPA in Melbourne on Tuesday night on ‘Energy and Human Flourishing’. You can watch his lecture here, and you can watch the wonderful Terry McCrann give a brilliant seven minute vote of thanks here.

This is what Terry said about the lecture in today’s Herald Sun in Melbourne and Daily Telegraph in Sydney.

Energy and free markets are the way to lift people from poverty. In last Friday’s Cape Times from Cape Town, the IPA’s Peter Gregory wrote on how property rights can unleash entrepreneurship in South Africa.

In Hey last week we told you about the recently-released love letter from the head of Treasury to Wayne Swan from 2011 (it was the most popular link by a long way!) The latest from Treasury this week is not quite in the same league but it’s close – on Tuesday in Catallaxy Files Sinclair Davidson uncovered the story.

Regular readers of Hey know that over the years some of our best material has come from Treasury. In 2009 we told you how most of Treasury’s modelling of the carbon tax was wrong. In 2010 we uncovered ‘StimulusGate‘ and how Treasury cherry-picked their data. Which of course is why I called for the then Treasury secretary to resign!

The vote on Scottish independence is next Thursday. Here’s Boris Johnson on Monday saying vote ‘No’. And here’s a great piece in Breitbart London saying vote ‘Yes’. (Warning – if you’re of Scottish ancestry you’ll be offended – I guess I’ll see you at the Human Rights Commission!)

Talking of the Human Rights Commission…I’ve kept Wednesday, 10 December free. That’s in case I win the Commission’s Human Rights Medal for the IPA’s work ‘to advance our human rights and freedoms in Australia’. I know many IPA members have already nominated me. You can click here to make an online nomination – and while you’re at it why not nominate Andrew Bolt as well! (It would be great to be presented with the medal from my favourite ABC comedian – as the IPA’s James Paterson talked about in The Spectator last year.)

Last week Chris Berg and Simon Breheny made this important submission to the Australian government Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper and here is Simon’s oped about it in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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What are you getting your dad for Parent’s Day?

September 4, 2014

From Peter Gregory

This is what happens when IPA members get into Parliament! In his maiden speech last night, Family First Senator Bob Day said it’s only a matter of time before the minimum wage ‘collapses under the weight of its own absurdity’. Watch the rest of his brilliant maiden speech here:

Here is a fantastic piece Bob had in The Advertiser last week.

I wonder what Wayne Swan thinks of reducing the minimum wage? In The Drum on Monday he took aim at the IPA’s Chris Berg and insisted he saved Australia from the GFC. His trump card? This hilarious letter from then treasury secretary Martin Parkinson. Here is Chris’ excellent piece in The Drum last week that Swan was responding to.

There is mysterious confusion about the effect of Sydney’s lock-out laws. The police say they have reduced violence. Whilst the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research think the laws have caused assaults to double. (If the government can’t count acts of violence, how do they expect us to believe they can stop them by restricting our freedom?)

This might be ‘the kids are all right edition’ of Hey! The Guardian on Monday was worried that young adult dystopian fiction is ‘agit-prop for capitalism’ and thrives because young people believe individual freedom to be ‘incontestable’. And the latest edition of Reason had this fascinating longish piece on the rise and rise of hipster capitalism.

Young people obviously didn’t get their freedom-loving tendencies at school! A school on the Sunshine Coast has banned cartwheels and a school in Melbourne has replaced Father’s Day with ‘Parent’s Day’!

This is absolutely brilliant – 38 maps that explain the global economy from Vox. I don’t have a favourite. They’re all awesome.

Next Tuesday Robert Bryce from the Manhattan Institute will be delivering the IPA HV McKay Lecture and Dinner in Melbourne. Book here.

And good news for freedom-lovers in Hobart! Liberty on the Rocks will commence on 1 October. The IPA’s Julie Novak will be giving a short talk on freedom in Tasmania on opening night. Details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

  

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If you’re reading this on a plane, you should thank the IPA

August 28, 2014

From James Paterson

This week Labor Senator Joe Bullock joined David Marr, Julian Burnside, Jonathan Holmes, Margaret Simons and The Age by supporting reform of the Racial Discrimination Act to restore freedom of speech. (You can see 59 other supporters of fixing section 18C from across the political spectrum here). Watch Family First Senator Bob Day’s excellent speech in the Senate yesterday on the bill he will be introducing to remove the words ‘offend’ and ‘insult’ from 18C.

Last week we told you Australia has the 8th highest top marginal tax rate in the world. It is a bit of a worry when even the New Zealand Greens are campaigning for a top personal income tax rate that is dramatically lower than Australia’s.

You won’t see it on the ABC, but this was a terrific speech from LDP Senator David Leyonhjelm on Wednesday on why we must scrap the mandatory renewable energy target.

Meanwhile, former IPA research fellow Jennifer Marohasy’s important research on how the Bureau of Meteorology ‘homogenises’ temperature records was prominently featured in The Australian on Saturday:

The IPA’s Chris Berg has waged a long campaign for our freedom to use electronic devices on planes. Here’s his article from the September 2005 IPA Review, and this was his piece for The Drum in May last year. This week - victory!

How bad does a Nanny State idea need to be that even The Conversation publishes an article from Simon Chapman ridiculing it? This bad. Of course, Simon is just catching up with the IPA’s James Bolt from more than a month ago.

You will love this list of the ‘Top 11 Funniest Papers in the History of Economics‘. Despite the author, number 2 is my favourite. And this is an interesting article from Bloomberg on why economists aren’t like anyone else.

200 years ago this week the British burnt down the White House. The Washington Post has this fascinating reflection on why no one remembers the Anglo-American war that started in 1812.

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