France beats Australia at freedom of speech

August 1, 2013

From James Paterson

Would a Labor Prime Minister really propose a massive tax increase on low-income earners? Amazingly, the answer is yes. And it’s not the only tax increase on the way, as the IPA’s Sinclair Davidson explains.

To cap off a bad week for the Rudd government, they also appointed a new race discrimination commissioner to a five year term. You won’t be surprised to learn he’s no friend of free speech. Appointments like these demonstrate why the Human Rights Commission should be abolished, or at least radically reformed.

If you only read one article in Hey this week make it this one. It’s from the New York Post last week. It argues the McDonald’s cheeseburger is the greatest food in human history – and I agree with every word! (Apologies to any Hey readers in Tecoma, Victoria, who this might offend).

Last week we told you how stuffed Detroit was. But don’t worry – politicians there aren’t letting a little thing like bankruptcy get in their way.

How many permits do you need to hold a pie-eating contest in Western Australia? One IPA supporter set out to find out. Read the hilarious story and emails here.

This will come in handy someday: it’s no longer illegal to call the President of France a jerk. Who said freedom of speech was dead in Europe?

This is a great read in the latest edition of City Journal on how education bureaucrats in California are trying to kill highly successful charter schools in Oakland.

And this is a fascinating examination of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America from the July/August Standpoint. IPA members heard about it yesterday in Horizons, which also examined the life and work of Isaiah Berlin. To make sure you receive the next one, join the IPA today.

Our friends Jai Martinkovits and David Flint at CANdo have a new book out, Give Us Back Our Country, and they’re holding launches in Melbourne on 6 August, Perth on 9 August and Adelaide on 13 August.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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