The price of privacy – $110 a day

May 20, 2010

Did you know the government has the power to force you to answer anything it wants to ask? It’s in the Census and Statistics Act.

The Rudd government’s National Health Survey will force 50,000 Australians to tell the government what they eat and drink – and if they don’t they’ll be fined $110 every day until they do. Here’s the story from yesterday’s Herald Sun.

Wayne Swan said in the budget speech that ‘The private sector is re-emerging as a driver of growth”.

If only. Look at these figures from the budget on how government is growing so much faster than the economy:

I got a huge response last week when I told you about this dodgy graph from Treasury. In The Drum on Tuesday, Chris Berg explained why it’s a big deal.

Before you panic about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – read this by Dominic Lawson from The Independent a few days ago.

Maybe the UK Coalition government is good for something. Yesterday Nick Clegg said he wanted to fight ‘obsessive lawmaking‘. Here and here is what we’ve said about out-of-control legislation in Britain. And does the US military really need 26 pages to tell it how to cook a brownie?

As Greece unravels who do the Greeks blame? American bankers of course! They want to sue them. Presumably no-one in Athens has read articles like this in The Australian today taken from The Wall Street Journal.

Here’s what IPA staff have been talking about this week: In The Australian Financial Review on Friday, I looked at the Rudd government’s lack of self control, and in the Sunday Age, Chris Berg found some government programs to cut. In Tuesday’s Australian Financial Review, Alan Moran said Rudd has made a bad calculation with the mining supertax.

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