June 27, 2013
From James Paterson
As you might have heard Australia has a new prime minister. In case you forgot how bad he was, read Chris Berg’s forensic analysis of the Rudd Government from the March 2009 IPA Review, and Sinclair Davidson’s demolition of Rudd’s response to the GFC in the August 2010 edition.
This kid sounds like he’s been listening to Kevin Rudd too much. His real quote in this amazing New York Times story after he was denied becoming student president at his high school sounds eerily familiar:
“Students call me every night, asking me to keep fighting. They’ve compared this to China, Russia, Venezuela.”
Then again, maybe he’s right and America is becoming like a dictatorship – you can’t even rescue a bald eagle without jail time these days. And it’s now apparently compulsory to mow your front lawn in Chicago. But on the bright side the scourge of police describing suspects based on gender is about to end.
If you’re already looking forward to the new Superman movie, here’s another reason: it’s pro-freedom!
If you’re in Melbourne on Tuesday, 2 July at 6.30pm come to what will be a great event: Nick Minchin launching a new book by Professor Bob Carter and The Age cartoonist John Spooner, ‘Taxing Air: Facts and Fallacies About Climate Change’. Details here.
And on 24 July John Roskam will help Connor Court launch the new biography of former NSW Premier Nick Greiner in Melbourne – RSVP here.
There’s just a few days left till June 30 – so now’s the perfect time to make a tax-deductible donation to the IPA’s End of Financial Year Appeal.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Alan Moran, Obama takes climate misstep – The Australian
- Chris Berg, Secrets and fears of a paranoid government – The Drum
- Vivienne Crompton, We all deserve the right to be free to disagree – The Mercury
- Tim Wilson, ACCC supermarket battle must put consumers first – The Australian
- Chris Berg, In defence of polling – The Drum
- Tim Wilson, Removing all doubt – FreedomWatch
- David Jancik, Gillard government’s inactive bank account bill passed by parliament – FreedomWatch
- David Jancik, Lawyers turn the table on NSA for access to spy data – FreedomWatch
- Julie Novak, Tasmania expresses deep concerns about local government referendum – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson, Referendum bill passes Senate 46-8 – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Data retention threat dead for now – FreedomWatch
- Julie Novak, State politician lambasts Canberra in every town hall – FreedomWatch
- Julie Novak, Gagging parliament’s referendum debate – FreedomWatch
- Vivienne Crompton, The new food warriors – FreedomWatch
- Vivienne Crompton, Our private data accessed 800 times a day – FreedomWatch
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