|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:
- Tim Wilson, Date set: Gillard gets her gloves on – Australian Financial Review
- Sinclair Davidson, PM’s election call is hardly a boon for the business community – The Conversation
- Tim Wilson, We need more supermarkets, not regulation – The Australian
- Chris Berg, The Orwell cult is way out of hand – The Drum
- Chris Berg, This doomsday endgame could last a long time – The Sunday Age
- Simon Breheny, Shameless use of tax to fund rights attack – The Australian
- Alan Moran, The Aussie dream one of the most expensive – The Herald Sun
- James Paterson, James Paterson and David Marr agree anti-discrimination law goes too far – The Drum
- Chris Berg, Anti-discrimination laws: an act of confusion – The Drum
- Simon Breheny, Simon Breheny slams Roxon’s anti-discrimination laws on Sky News – Sky News
- Julie Novak, Cut Leviathan’s hunger for tax – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Tax exiles vote with their feet – The Drum
- Julie Novak, Punish Greens fraudsters – On Line Opinion
- Julie Novak, Julie Novak discusses IPA State Tax Calculator on Sky Business – Sky Business
- Chris Berg, America fell off the fiscal cliff a long time ago. Now it’s all about the landing – The Sunday Age
- John Roskam, Seeing red – and Greens – The Australian Financial Review
- Tom Switzer, Obama gets real with appointment of new defence secretary – The Age
- Alan Moran, We could have a stronger economy – The Australian Financial Review
- Tim Wilson, Both sides of politics should cease nanny-state meddling – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Le Mis: a revolution for our times – The Drum
- Julie Novak, Soaking the rich won’t work – The Canberra Times
- Julie Novak, There’s no excuse for lazy policies milking the mining cash cow dry – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Policy without politics is pointless – The Drum
- Chris Berg, This mindless pursuit of scandal belongs to the past – The Sunday Age
- Julie Novak, The state and its leading politicians are in something of an economic policy rut along with the rest of country – The Adelaide Advertiser
- Chris Berg, Videogame blame distracts from the real gun debate – The Drum
- Alan Moran, Heavy hand of regulators promises pain on power – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Memo to government: having an opinion is not a crime – The Sunday Age
- Sinclair Davidson, Labor Treasurer’s promise now surplus to requirements – The Australian
- Chris Berg, 2012: The year in political outrage – The Drum
- John Lloyd, A solid stance for all on building code – The Australian Financial Review
- Alan Moran, Government chips away at planning controls – The Herald Sun
- Tim Wilson, How the Nanny State corrodes civil society – FreedomWatch
- Tim Wilson, Should it be illegal to be a smoker and work in the Melbourne CBD? – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Internet inventor blasts data retention proposal – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, EU officials want national press regulators to promote “European Values” – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson, New guidelines for government ghost-writers – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – EXCLUSIVE: Former High Court Justice Ian Callinan comes out against anti-discrimination proposal – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – Support grows for IPA call to abolish Australian Human Rights Commission – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – Opening statement at Senate anti-discrimination hearing – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson – Dreyfus misleads on free speech – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – GetUp! defends Gillard government attack on free speech – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – WA farmers stand up for property rights – FreedomWatch
- Chris Berg – Media management set to drown out media – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – Roxon’s doublespeak on proposed anti-discrimination laws – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – Courts used to silence religious criticism in UK – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny – Leveson recommends global media standards – FreedomWatch
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