February 21, 2013
From John Roskam
Here’s a surprise. Some useful advice about asteroids this week from the United Nations (via its Office for Outer Space Affairs – yes…there is such a thing).
“When you see a white flash and a large trail in the sky it’s probably not a good time to stand at the window and look at it because it may be a blast coming.”
Talking of surprises. Who would have thought Wayne Swan could have miscalculated how much the mining tax will raise?
The Australian on Saturday had this excellent (and sad) story of someone who dared question the Treasurer’s adding up (it’s behind a paywall, but it’s worth it). Here’s Swan’s abusive letter from November 2011. This is a very good paper on the history of the tax from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. Back in October 2010 in The Australian Financial Review I explained the stench behind the secret negotiations on the tax.
If Tolkien is too high-brow for you, read this funny piece from Nick Gillespie in Reason on Monday on why the Grammys sum up everything that’s wrong with the US economy.
The great economist Armen Alchian died on Tuesday. He should have won the Nobel Prize. The Catallaxy Files has a wonderful summary of his ground-breaking work, including his obituary from The Wall Street Journal.
By now you’ve probably heard that the IPA is bringing Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Mary Kissel to Australia – she’ll be speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra and in Melbourne. As a preview to what we can expect of Mary, here is a terrific piece she wrote in The Spectator last year about that man again…Wayne Swan.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- John Roskam, Labor has lost its way – The Australian Financial Review
- Alan Moran, Bloated public service chews up industry funds – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Protectionism, symbolism and Gillard’s jobs plan – The Drum
- Simon Breheny, Simon Breheny vs the Human Rights Commission – Sunrise
- Sinclair Davidson, Gillard’s jobs plan will suffocate business with more red tape - The Daily Telegraph
- James Paterson, James Paterson’s Diary - The Spectator
- Chris Berg, Forget drugs – there’s nothing natural about modern athletes – The Drum
- Tim Wilson, We go above, beyond with emissions pledge – The Australian
- James Paterson, Coalition floats reform of Human Rights Commission – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Is blasphemy harassment? – FreedomWatch
- Chris Berg, Public health and censorship: ads in kids’ magazines – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, ASIS wants power to spy on Australian citizens – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Local council access to mobile phone data is unwarranted – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson, AHRC admits: we’d like less free speech – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson, Brandis to Human Rights Commission: why aren’t you more like the IPA? – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Do you trust the Australian Human Rights Commission? – FreedomWatch
- Peter Gregory, What property rights? – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Dreyfus must abandon the anti-discrimination draft Bill – FreedomWatch
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