PM doesn’t like IPA’s lunchtime libertarian seminars

May 31, 2012

From John Roskam

“We don’t cut spending, or shrink the real size of Government, in a lunchtime libertarian seminar. We do it in long days of expenditure review.”

Julia Gillard said that last night. Nice of her to think of the IPA! But she’s wrong. We have dinnertime libertarian seminars too.

Here’s some suggestions from our previous lunchtime libertarian seminars on how to shrink government:

They’re all pretty crazy ideas. Only libertarians at lunchtime would think of them. And only libertarians like the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson over at the fantastic Catallaxy Files would think our national debt is not something to boast about.

Hasn’t been a great few weeks for the United Nations. First the BBC mistakes it for a computer game (funny). Then the UN agency ‘responsible for tourism’ (no, I didn’t either) makes Robert Mugabe ‘an international tourism ambassador‘ (not so funny). Then they deny itsort of. Tuesday’s Guardian explains.

Which reminds me. If you divide up the UN member countries into free, partly free, and not free (like Freedom House does) and made it look like the Australian House of Representatives you’d get this:

Yep – I’m happy to hand over regulation of the internet to the UN.

Here’s the latest good idea from Nobel-laureate Paul Krugman. Government should lie to people so government gets to spend more money. (Warning. Aliens are involved. Really.)

Maybe Krugman was inspired by last week’s Hey – Should we build a death star? Hey reader Philip Moore certainly was. Read his magnificent 508 word response.

In Defence of Freedom of Speech: From Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt has just been published by the IPA and the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation (and sent free to IPA members). Read about it here. Get your copy here.

From now on you’ll get Hey from other members of the IPA team like James Paterson, not just me. As the IPA keeps growing (we’ve doubled in size since Hey started back in February 2009) I’m spending more time with members. Email James anytime on

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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