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April 18, 2013

From James Paterson

Politicians love to tell you how many jobs they’ve ‘created’. Next time you hear that, remember this new Institute of Public Affairs research: your taxes funded most of them.


You can read all about why this matters in Dr Julie Novak’s important article for On Line Opinion yesterday.

Let’s hope all those taxpayer-financed jobs are being put to better use than at the extraordinary saga that is Germany’s new airport.

This might surprise you: which country has performed better at promoting women in the workplace – Sweden or America? And if the answer to this next question surprises you, you obviously don’t love freedom: what’s healthier – beer or water?

I’ll tell you who really doesn’t love freedom: North Korean shills George Galloway (apparently their culture hasn’t been “penetrated by globalisation”) and Dennis Rodman (who plans to “just hang and have some fun” with his buddy Kim Jong-un). This review in the Wall Street Journal of a powerful book on North Korea tells you everything you need to know about the regime and its boosters.

Sadly Tom Palmer has now left Australia after a fantastic tour talking about the end of the welfare state. If you missed one of Tom’s presentations, make the time to watch his great speech from Melbourne last week. It’s 40 minutes long and it’s worth every one.

On Monday night the IPA’s John Roskam gave a public lecture in Berri in South Australia on freedom of speech. The Riverland is definitely the land of the free. You’ll enjoy what the local newspaper the Murray Pioneer had to say about the ABC a few weeks ago!

If you are in Brisbane on Wednesday 1 May make sure you come to our special freedom of speech briefing featuring Janet Albrechtsen and Michael Kroger. If you come we’ll even give you a free copy of Chris Berg’s excellent book, In Defence of Freedom of Speech. RSVP here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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