Bob Carr writes for the IPA

March 8, 2012

From John Roskam

Let’s hope the Gillard government’s committee to cut red tape announced on Tuesday goes better than last time.

In 2007 the government declared its ‘one in, one out‘ policy on regulation. That worked (not). They’re only 12,777 regulations off the mark. Since 2007 there’s been 12,835 new regulations and just 58 were repealed.

Meanwhile hot off the press is Chris Berg’s just-released count of pages of federal legislation up to the end of 2011.

The report of the Gillard/Greens media inquiry (the Finkelstein report) came out last Friday. Here’s a two word summary: ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE.

We issued this press release hours after it came out. This afternoon I sent this letter and briefing paper to every federal MP telling them to reject Finkelstein. Here’s what Chris Berg said about it in his column in The Sunday Age and in Britain’s Telegraph James Delingpole explains why he thinks Finkelstein’s a ‘total bloody hero‘. (By the way Delingpole will be in Australia later this year – details soon).

And how Blade Runner is this? Japanese inventers have come up with the ‘speechjammer’ – watch the video. (Promise me you won’t tell Finkelstein or Bob Brown).

Everyone’s been talking about Wayne Swan’s diatribe in The Monthly, (here’s the IPA’s James Paterson on it). This is the essay they should be talking about, Is Socialism Finished?, by Bob Carr in the 1986 IPA Review. (Guess his answer.)

From the Nanny State files this week. In Canada a father arrested because his son drew a picture of a gun. In England emergency crews can’t get their feet wet and someone probably died because of it.

And there’s this great Illegal Everything 42 minute video from John Stossel that came out a week ago. You don’t need to watch the whole thing – just go to the 2 minute 35 second mark and watch the Midway police chief.

A joke? No – it’s a headline, ‘Global warming is making the world colder’ from Adelaide Now which has gone viral.

Dan Hannan and Mark Steyn have left the country. In case you missed it last week, here is Hannan in full flight (and this is what he thinks of a weird new EU propaganda video). And here’s Mark Steyn at his best in an interview on the ABC’s Counterpoint last week.

And this week two lucky IPA Facebook fans and Twitter followers won a signed copy of Steyn’s After America. Make sure you can enter the next competition by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

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