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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.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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