That’s a lot of puppet

May 9, 2013

From James PatersonJulia Gillard wants to enshrine local government in the constitution. We think it is a terrible idea, as Chris Berg explained in this important article for the Sunday Age this week, and as Tim Wilson said in this media releaseissued today.And here’s another reason, from Julie Novak’s excellent new report on big government in Australia. Local government employees have boomed enough on their own already, do we really want to make it easier for the federal government to subsidise them?

And if you think that’s wasteful, check out this classic discovered by our friends at the CIS. It involves the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and some very expensive puppets. This might be even more embarrassing though: Australia is being sued by Communist Cuba for failing to respect property rights.

Yesterday Andrew Bolt emailed IPA members and supporters this video appeal requesting donations to our Freedom of Speech Fighting Fund. All donors go in the draw to win these once-in-a-lifetime prizes.

You might have noticed some debate this week about paid parental leave. It all started with this compelling article by Liberal MP Alex Hawke for the May issue of the IPA Review. John Roskam’s hard-hitting Financial Review column on Friday explained why we’re opposed to the scheme. IPA members can look forward to receiving the full magazine soon.

Everyone is talking about David Stockman’s new book The Great Deformation. Watch this fascinating discussion at the Cato Institute about why crony capitalism is destroying America. And if you’re looking for a long read, you can’t go past the infamous December 1981 Atlantic magazine article which amazingly did not cost Stockman his job working for Ronald Reagan.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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