December 6, 2012
From James Paterson
The IPA’s Tim Wilson is in Doha, Qatar as one of the only free-marketeers observing the latest round of global climate talks. Before he left, he wrote this piece for The Australian on why Australia is totally out of step with the rest of the world on climate change.
But as they say, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words – check out this photo Tim sent through of the size of the Australian delegation! And with 17,000 people at the conference, it’s a shame to see so few people turning up to a presentation by the Gillard government’s representative, Mark Dreyfus. (Tim says half of the 52-strong audience are Australian).
I think this is probably the craziest Nanny State story I’ve read this year. It’s from the UK (of course). And it involves chocolate pudding.
But is it as silly as the Australian Human Rights Commission suggesting we need to advertise cyber safety messages offline, because older people…don’t use the internet? Or perhaps it is as silly as saying you’ve been discriminated against because someone refused to cut your hair. (This is a very funny article from Canada’s National Post on the scandal).
Nothing can top this though: a three month jail sentence for…shouting at the soccer.
Last week we told you to look forward to the International Year of the Quinoa in 2013. Catallaxy Files suggests an alternative resolution for the UN to pass, and uncovers a disturbing link between UN symbolic observances and climate change.
Finally, here is a great long read from the November issue of Standpoint – if you really want to ‘Make Poverty History’ then it’s time to cut foreign aid.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Chris Berg, It’s about more than just phone hacking…Unfortunately – The Drum
- Peter Gregory, The Socceroos must not give this vile man a free PR kick – The Punch
- Chris Berg, Addicted: the medicalisation of bad behaviour – The Sunday Age
- Simon Breheny, How many government agencies accessed your data last year? – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, The devil is in the detail of the Leveson Inquiry report – FreedomWatch
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