The price of piano stairs

February 25, 2010

Kevin Rudd said in September that if we didn’t have an enormous stimulus package ‘unemployment would be going through the roof’. Well – have a look at this research done by the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson:

So what happened in those countries which had a smaller stimulus and a smaller increase in unemployment? Here’s the relevant OECD data. But the world’s not out of the woods yet. 25% of American homeowners have a mortgage more than their house is worth.

Here’s what everyone’s been talking about this week: What it’s really like working in Canberra for the health bureaucracy.

Speaking of big stupid government. Lots of people want to make Australia like Sweden. So Melbourne City Council have taken up the challenge! It wants to spend over $120,000 on ‘piano stairs‘ at a train station. What are piano stairs you ask? They make music when you stand on them. Read the proposal here. And here’s the promo video.

And the ABC’s Counterpoint has this great interview with Graeme Kirk. Graeme took the New South Wales government to the High Court when safety bureaucrats declared him guilty – with no chance to defend himself.

From the Nanny State files: in Britain (yep – in Britain AGAIN!) they want to ban swimming googles! And a sixty-seven year old man was banned from a bus because… he had a pot of paint!

Here’s some sneak previews from the March IPA Review. Tim Wilson on In the Loop and Chris Berg’s review of A History of Alcohol in Australia. And this is a great piece from Slate last week – what really happened during Prohibition – it killed people.

Here’s what IPA staff have been talking about this week: In the Sunday Age, Chris Berg exposed the theatrics of airport security. In Saturday’s Herald Sun, Alan Moran said governments ignore car users. And if you missed me debate Malcolm Turnbull and Mungo MacCallum on Q&A on Monday – it’s here.

P.S. It’s great to see that following Project Western Australia by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and the IPA, the WA government will start cutting regulation. Here’s our research.

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