“We’ve cracked the ton!”

June 30, 2011

From Chris Berg | Thursday, 30 June 2011

“We’ve cracked the ton. We’re about 115 or 116 pieces of legislation through the parliament and that, I am told, is better than the averages of majority governments.” That’s Rob Oakeshott, talking over the weekend. Err – does he think that’s a good thing?  

Is Australia really better off having passed the:

I guess 2011 will be a bumper year for this IPA graph…

And you have to read it to believe it – Bob Brown’s call for a one world government! (“[I]t could be right here in Australia”). You know what they say, it’s not a conspiracy theory if it’s official party policy… (Here’s what the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson said about Brown’s “economic xenophobia” in the Australian today.)

Here’s another saying for this week: you have to spend money in order to stop spending money! $800,000 will be spent by the Tasmanian Health Department over the next year to find $500 million in savings over the next four years. Why do they have to make these cuts? In 2008 the IPA’s Julie Novak and Sinclair Davidson explained why: Tasmania’s government spends too much and relies too much on federal government subsidies to prop up their budget. At the time they were attacked by the economist Saul Eslake. But Eslake now admits that Tasmania needs to come to grips with…you guessed it…”over-spending.”

This is a great new video on why economic freedom equals high quality of life. It’s almost had as many views as the IPA’s great Mark Steyn video we sent you last week! And here’s James Paterson in Crikey today on why the IPA is proud to stand up for individual freedom.

(John Roskam is in Longreach and Barcaldine this week, giving carbon tax town hall information sessions with Professor Ian Plimer. He tells me he’s been amazed by the response – people travelled up to two hours to attend!)

Tickets for the Vaclav Klaus tour in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne between 22 July and 1 August are still available. And the IPA’s excited to sponsor the Spectator Australia debate between Lord Nigel Lawson, Ian Plimer and Gary Johns, against John Hewson, Mark Latham and Benjamin McNeil on climate change – details here.

And David Hart – the world-expert on the great freedom-minded economist Frédéric Bastiat – is speaking in Melbourne next week. For details contact Steve Kates here.

Here’s more of what the IPA said this week:

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