What do bus drivers, antique dealers and oil lobbyists have in common?

June 14, 2012

From James Paterson

Barack Obama promised Americans five million new green jobs. You might be surprised what qualifies: a bus driver, an antique dealer, and an…oil lobbyist.

This is hot off the presses: a government school in Melbourne, Mount Martha Primary School, has banned students hugging. And high fives. And tiggy. Actually…all physical contact. I promise I’m not making this up, it’s in The Age!

Last week everyone wanted to know about Michael Bloomberg’s crazy Nanny State ideas. Now Boris Johnson has gone and broken our hearts – I don’t know if we can ever link to him again! At least he doesn’t want to ban a life-saving innovation. (The Economist has this definitive response to the Nanny State philosophy.)

From the ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ files – Sweden rotates its national Twitter account between ordinary citizens, with very unfortunate results.

Everyone is talking about this shocking poll showing young Australians aren’t totally convinced democracy is a good thing. John Roskam said in the Financial Review on Friday that these are exactly the outcomes our education system was designed to produce. And Chris Berg explains why we shouldn’t be surprised in the Sunday Age.

They’re also talking about this report from the Institute of Economic Affairs in London this week. It shows British charities are increasingly funded by government and that they spend that money lobbying for bigger government. Sadly, Australia is not immune either. And Tim Wilson’s new report on Australia’s aid expenditure released this week shows we don’t confine left-wing campaigning on taxpayer dollars to our own borders. (Watch me try to convince Peter Singer and Tim Costello free markets are better than aid for solving poverty on Sunrise recently.)

The cover story in last week’s The New Republic by Deidre McCloskey is a great long read on the creepy idea of Happiness economics.

The first stop on the IPA’s Freedom of Speech Tour 2012 is Tasmania. Book to hear John Roskam and Chris Berg speak in Hobart on 24 July and Launceston on 25 July.

And tickets are selling fast to The Real Story of Climate Change and the IPCC with Donna Laframboise. Book for Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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