First they came for the soccer reporters…

April 30, 2015

From James Bolt

The government refuses to say when Australia will be back to surplus. As this chart shows, we’ve come back from worse more quickly:

One group has called for cuts to public broadcasting to help out. It wasn’t us (but we do agree) – it was the Australian public.

The UK election is next Thursday, and it is going to be very close. Thankfully, the most entertaining MP in Britain will retain his seat. The margin has been the only interesting thing about the election. Brendan O’Neill had this fantastic article in Spiked last week on why meaningful elections are now a thing of the past. No parallels for Australia at all!

SBS is now one soccer reporter short. On FreedomWatch, the IPA’s Morgan Begg explained why this is not a free speech issue. As John Roskam told ABC News Breakfast on Monday, Scott McIntyre is still free to speak his mind – and SBS is free to dismiss him. By the way, where were these ‘free speech’ warriors when free speech was actually an issue?

In the United States, the EPA has spent $84,000 trying to find out if churches can stop climate change. They could save their money – the Pope’s doing it for free. The Pope should have read John Roskam’s article in the AFR in January on why he should promote free markets rather than climate faith.

Last week The Federalist took us through the seven big failed environmentalist myths. The graph on number two is astonishing. There’ll soon be an eighth – the EU has ordered farmers to treat livestock with homeopathy.

Hey doesn’t usually do travel tips, but your next holiday should be to freedom paradise Liberland. The micronation was just set up between Serbia and Croatia by a Czech libertarian politician, and already 300,000 people have registered for citizenship.

The IPA’s Darcy Allen went to an Australian Institute of Architects event last weekend and came out very concerned that our cities are in the hands of rent seekers.

The White House Annual Correspondents’ Dinner was on last week. On TownHall, Brent Bozell says Obama wasn’t telling jokes, but just angrily announcing what he actually thinks. Here’s Obama’s ‘jokes’, and SNL performer Cecily Strong’s jokes.

Chris Berg’s new book Liberty, Equality and Democracy will be launched by Tim Wilson in Melbourne next week, book here.

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Tax the rich… where have I heard that?

April 23, 2015

From Peter Gregory

This week Bill Shorten proposed superannuation tax increases aimed at the rich. He must’ve got the idea from here:

Yes, this is real. It was put up by Britain’s Communist Party for the upcoming UK general election (via The Catallaxy Files via Christopher Snowdon – who has this fantastic new book out).

Hang on, why do British Communists have a shop selling expensive hoodies and t-shirts? Shouldn’t they be giving them away to each according to his needs?

The British Communist Party (and Christine Milne…and Sam Dastyari) should read John Roskam’s piece in The AFR last Friday. It explains what’s wrong with demanding people pay ‘their fair share’ in tax.

They should also read this fantastic speech given by NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet to the Sydney Institute about what happens when other people’s money runs out. (And here is the damning video Dominic refers to in his speech).

But maybe we’re going to need to keep taxing the rich to afford forecasted welfare increases as new research by the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak shows:

If you like it when the IPA makes fun of the welfare lobby and journalists then you’ll love Professor Sinclair Davidson’s comments on negative gearing in news.com.au on Saturday.

Not all new taxes are bad! Dan Hannan argued very persuasively for a voluntary fame tax in CAPX on Monday.

And as I said in this piece in the New Vision newspaper today in Kampala – yep, the one in Uganda – complicated and expensive business regulation is stifling small entrepreneurs in the developing world.

The launch date for the IPA’s Chris Berg’s new book Liberty, Equality & Democracy has been announced! Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson will be launching the book on May 5 in Melbourne with our friends at Connor Court Publishing. Admission is free, details and registration here.

Here at Hey we’re not afraid to play the long game. This week WA Premier Colin Barnett announced he was finally chopping WA’s spud tsar – a move we’ve been agitating for since 2012.

To finish off, we’ve got some depressing stuff: families in Wisconsin raided at gunpoint by police for supporting an industrial relations bill.

And we’ve got some funny stuff: the next persecuted minority – how public institutions discriminate against introverts; stuff the Greens take credit for; Hard Rock Cafe forced to pull an ad because it featured a guitar-playing orangutan; and 13 failed predictions that were made on the original Earth Day in 1970 (Earth Day was yesterday – but I’m sure you already knew that).

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Does Joe Hockey watch Game of Thrones?

April 16, 2015

From James Paterson

Economic freedom is not just good for the wealthy. It changes lives for the poorest too:

That chart is from a presentation the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak will deliver at the Australian Libertarian Society’s Friedman Conference in Sydney next month. You can see the rest of the terrific speaking line up here. And don’t forget IPA members can get a $50 discount by entering the code IPA2015 here.

This week’s must-read article is from Peter Costello in The Herald Sun on Monday on what real tax reform looks like. As Mikayla Novak explains, Joe Hockey has more revenue than Costello did – in real terms. And as the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson points out on Catallaxy Files, the last time the federal budget was balanced was when iron ore was worth $36 a tonne.

(If you want more Peter Costello make sure you attend the launch of the new edition of Steve Kates’ Free Market Economics on Wednesday 6 May at RMIT.)

In the upcoming edition of the IPA Review, the member for Eden-Monaro Dr Peter Hendy, makes a strong case that the federal government should share income tax powers with the states to revive competitive federalism. Read Dr Hendy’s full essay here.

And Craig Kelly, the member for Hughes, delivered this terrific speech in parliament last month on the tough task of budget repair.

But spare a thought for the Lannisters – they’ve got an even worse budget crisis on their hands.

The Hawke government’s legendary Finance Minister Peter Walsh passed away last week. If only his ALP colleagues listened to his excellent advice on freedom of speech.

Last week the IPA was honoured to host the launch ($) of Gina Rinehart’s new book, From Red Tape to Red Carpet and then some. As Andrew Bolt said yesterday, it’s no wonder IPA research shows falling entrepreneurship when politicians strangle business with regulations.

Hillary is in. New York magazine is yet to be convinced she can get elected. FiveThirtyEight thinks Senator Marco Rubio, who also entered the race this week, might be the value bet for the Republican nomination. Watch his 18 minute announcement speech at the Freedom Tower in Miami on Monday and you’ll see why.

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Double Irish Dutch Vegemite sandwich

April 9, 2015

From James Bolt

Here’s what you won’t hear anywhere else this week:


(The IPA’s Simon Breheny went further – he told the ABC this morning that Australia should become a tax haven.)

Of course the Labor-Green Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance preferred to stick their heads in the sand, as the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson explained on Catallaxy Files.

Victorians aren’t getting what they voted for. In The Herald Sun today, James Campbell had a great piece on how Daniel Andrews is much more Joan Kirner than Steve Bracks. Another Campbell caught our attention this week, as Campbell Newman’s biography is being published by our friends at Connor Court.

“I think that probably might be right…but I will just get so much more mileage out of criticising you,” said the now Prime Minister of Denmark to Bjorn Lomborg. Having been hounded out of Denmark for being a ‘climate contrarian,’ Bjorn has just set up his new think tank in Australia – the Australia Consensus Centre. Bjorn, it’s great to have you!

Maybe the Danish Prime Minister should read our Climate Change: The Facts 2014. That was the advice influential American commentator the great Roger Kimball gave to Al Gore this week on PJ Media. Kimball calls our book “an antidote to climate change hysteria.”

The big news out of America this week was that Rand Paul is officially running for President, the second Republican to announce after Ted Cruz. Reason profiled Paul in a 2011 cover story ‘The Most Interesting Man in the Senate’.

Paypal founder and Facebook’s first investor, libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel, joined economist Tyler Cowen for a fascinating discussion on what the future is going to look like.

If you didn’t already have enough reasons to attend The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance’s 3rd Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference, IPA members can enter the special code IPA2015 to get $50 off a ticket price. Speakers at the conference include the IPA’s Chris Berg, Mikayla Novak and Sinclair Davidson, as well as Tom Palmer, GoRemy, Senator David Leyonhjelm and Tim Wilson.

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