All bets are off

January 31, 2013

From James Paterson

Anthony Albanese thinks the government is doing a great job because it’s passing a lot of legislation. He’s right – IPA research released today shows that in 2012 the Gillard government passed the second most pages of legislation in Australian history. But that’s not a good thing.

Australians are now subject to well over 100,000 pages of federal law. Nick Xenophon obviously thinks that’s not enough – he wants to make it illegal for you to bet on whether Julia Gillard will still be PM on September 15.

Today Nicola Roxon was forced into a humiliating back down on her draft anti-discrimination laws – but it doesn’t go far enough. Read our one-page factsheet to learn about all the dangerous provisions of the draft legislation and why it must be dropped outright.

IPA staff were busy reading over the break, so if you’re looking for a great book then read these 19 short reviews from our summer reading list.

Here’s the craziest things that happened while Hey was on holidays.

Here’s two great long reads you might have missed: the amazing story of an isolated Russian family who only learnt WWII was over in 1978, and this fascinating article from the January edition of The Atlantic on why everything we know about the Cuban missile crisis is wrong.

This April the IPA is co-sponsoring the first Australian Libertarian Conference in Sydney. Click here for details on the excellent line up of speakers and to reserve your place. And if you’re in Perth on Monday you might like to attend the John Hyde oration hosted by Mannkal.

Here’s what else the IPA said since you last heard from us:


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