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September 26, 2013

From James Paterson

Our friends at the Cato and Fraser Institutes have just released their Economic Freedom of the World report. It makes grim reading for Americans – and sadly Australians too, as Dr Julie Novakexplains.

Perhaps Australia’s falling ranking is what motivated Joe Hockey to promise detailed income tax receipts this week. (The IPA has advocated ideas like this before). Here’s what it would look like for an average income earner:

(You might also be interested to know an average taxpayer ‘spent’ $23 on the ABC and SBS, $76 on foreign aid and $30 on the baby bonus and parenting payments).

You won’t be surprised that America is dropping down the rankings when you see shocking graphs like this. Or when crazy anti-freedom policies like this and this happen. No wonder a record number of Americans think government is way too powerful.

Meanwhile, Venezuela sure is doing its best to justify its ranking of 121st.

No doubt all Hey readers will be very sad that Tim Flannery lost his job. Who better to send him off than our friend James Delingpole?

This is a great read from another former IPA guest, Donna Laframboise, in The Wall Street Journal on the highly flawed process behind IPCC reports. And if you’re looking for a long read, you can’t go past this fascinating profile of US Senator Ted Cruz in GQ.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Then set aside one hour to watch this excellent documentary on how Margaret Thatcher changed Britain.

If you’re in Sydney on Tuesday 8 October make sure you go along to the launch of Rowan Dean’s excellent new book, Beyond Satire. Rowan will be joined by former Prime Minister the Hon John Howard OM AC and The Spectator Australia editor Tom Switzer. Details here.

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Not the wurst headline

September 19, 2013

From James Paterson

This chart, from The Washington Post on Tuesday, is pretty depressing. It’s from the US Census Bureau and it’s explained here.

Last week we showed you how the Greens like wacky dancing. But don’t forget their wacky policies – this idea from the German Greens is truly mad. (And yes that is a critique of the Greens, in The Guardian, with a truly awesome headline).

At least the Greens don’t want to ban underground dinner parties, like some people in New York City.

Here’s some good news for those of you who are on Facebook and love free speech: your “likes” are constitutionally protected (at least in America). And even more good news – even the Europeans have worked out the welfare state can’t go on.

Here are three great reads this week: the brilliant Matt Ridley in the Wall Street Journal on why the IPCC is scrambling to update their climate change predictions, Ross Terrill (who spoke to IPA premier members in Sydney earlier this year) in the Weekly Standard on Tony Abbott’s foreign policy and Erle Ellis in the New York Times on why overpopulation is just not a problem.

And if you want to read a truly strange article, you can’t go past Thomas Friedman’s latest column in the New York Times. See if you can understand his explanation for why Barack Obama doesn’t have pink hair.

Next Tuesday the IPA will be in Sydney with Janet Albrechtsen to talk about free speech. RSVP here.

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You can’t be serious? Don’t sue me

September 12, 2013

From John Roskam

My favourite policy from the federal election was from the Greens – of course! $3 million so people could do things like this on the footpath. Click the video and go to the 2:33 min mark – it’s hilarious.

Be warned! Don’t say – ‘you can’t be serious, that’s so immature’. You could be sued for defamation by a Greens senator.

Here’s some of the best election opinion pieces – Tom Switzer in the Wall Street Journal, Gerard Henderson in The Sydney Morning Herald, Melanie Phillips in the UK’s Daily Mail, Mark Steyn at The National Review, and Dan Hannan at The Telegraph (who’s that man between Steyn and Hannan?)

And Andrew Bolt has this great summary of all those who said Abbott would never make it.

Tony Abbott could be the new Daryl Somers – or Ken Done. The original ads from the 1980s arehere and here. But nothing beats Swan Lager’s Bicentennial ad.

The other day voters had a choice between ‘red-green government or a new government with new ideas and new solutions’. Sound familiar? Norway had an election too. Guess who won.

This is a great piece from yesterday’s Washington Post – ‘What if a typical family spent like the federal government?’ which follows from this report by our friends at the Heritage Foundation.

If you’ve seen that the Dow Jones industrial index was changed this week and have no idea what it means – this is a good explanation. And this is a fascinating paper on how the Dow has changed since 1884.

If you’re in Adelaide tonight come to the IPA’s Freedom of Speech Tour with Nick Cater and Chris Berg and Simon Breheny – book here.

And if you’re in Perth there’s this great conference in a few weeks at St Augustine’s College – ‘Faith and Freedom’ – details here.

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The best solution to big government ever

September 5, 2013

From Peter Gregory

One of the true icons of free market economics left us this week. This is a wonderful obituary of Ronald Coase from the Financial Times. And this video of him describing his groundbreaking ideas is terrific. But I enjoyed the story of him being kicked out of the University of Virginia for being too free market the best!

Here’s an IPA victory that would’ve impressed Coase – George Brandis has mooted a freedom commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission (as talked about by the IPA). And Janet Albrechtsen’s piece in The Australian yesterday on this is just excellent ($).

But THIS is the ultimate solution to big government – an Alaskan town has elected a cat as mayor! At least a cat would never come up with this.

This story a few weeks ago in The Huffington Post about the standard exam taken by 13 year-olds in 1912 has taken the world by storm. Take the exam yourself here.

In fairness to our current students it’s little wonder education standards are falling, with ideas like this. And when there are absurd moves to protect them from the evils of alcohol companies…tweeting.

But this is what young people should be shown in school – a fantastic video about the true cost of climate change policies from young Melbourne filmmaker Topher Field.

The IPA’s Tim Wilson has co-edited an important new book: Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics published by our friends at Connor Court (Christmas is coming up…).

And next week the IPA is holding events as part of our freedom of speech tour across the nation. There are still a few tickets left to see Nick Cater in Perth on September 11 and Adelaide on September 12. And Janet Albrechtsen will be joining us in Sydney on September 24.

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