June 28, 2012
From James Paterson
Turns out Greens voters don’t hate the mining industry as much as you might have thought:
That’s from our Galaxy poll released this week that also shows 69% of Australians think the mining industry is more responsible for our strong economy than the Gillard government.
Three really bad things happened in Canberra this week:
- The Gillard government wants to implement Finkelstein’s media regulation recommendations and introduce a ‘public interest’ test for media ownership. Today the IPA launched a new campaign to fight back. Visit pressfreedom.ipa.org.au to add your voice and find out more.
- The commonwealth parliament just gave all future federal governments the power to spend money on basically anything without any parliamentary oversight. In a devastating critique Professor Anne Twomey explains why it is so bad.
- A retrospective tax increase is making its way through the House of Representatives. (But don’t worry – it’s only against multinational corporations!)
When parliaments are passing 7,000 pages of legislation every year, there’s bound to be a lot of dumb laws. Here’s our favourite recent example, sent in by a Hey reader: in New South Wales it is a criminal offence to release more than 20 balloons at once!
This story from Canada is simply amazing. It’s a tale of how difficult it is to reform government, and it features phrases like ‘a Sub-Committee for Initial Triage’.
Just when you thought the EU couldn’t be lampooned any more, comes this declaration: if you get sick on holiday, your employer must give you another one. While you’re scratching your head at that, watch this bizarre EU-funded ad designed to encourage women to study science – I promise it is not a hoax.
Here’s some fascinating long reading. What the war on drugs is doing to Mexico, from the July edition of The New Yorker, and Reason magazine on how the libertarian legal movement might just bring down Obamacare. And this is pretty cool – artefacts from the Roman Empire were just found in a 5th century Japanese tomb.
If you’d like to support the IPA with a donation to our End of Financial Year Appeal, you can do so here.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Bob Carter, Settled science? No such thing – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Another year, another failed climate summit – The Drum
- Chris Berg, Just be grateful airlines can feed you at all – The Sunday Age
- Chris Berg, Should governments protect independent journalism? – The Sydney Morning Herald
- John Roskam, Employer rights trampled – The Australian Financial Review
- Alan Moran, House prices must be allowed to fall – The Drum
- Chris Berg, The farce that is the Leveson inquiry – The Drum
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