Albo thinks IPA’s ship has sailed

January 30, 2014

From James Paterson

I know it’s only January, but this might just be the best video of the year (from the man who brought you the Hayek vs Keynes rap):

Good news from New Zealand. When schools quit wrapping kids in cotton wool, their behaviour improves.

At the IPA we’re always impressed with one chart or one map that purports to explain everything. Sometimes it’s even true – like with this amazing map in the The Washington Post last week that explains Ukraine’s political crisis, this chart that shows why Reagan is better than Obama and this graph in The Economist on Saturday that demonstrates everything you need to know about the companies that hobnob at Davos.

This is a fascinating update from Mark Steyn on his free speech case against Mr Hockey Stick, Michael Mann. If you’d like to support his defence, and give the Gift of Steyn, click here.

The IPA’s Dr Julie Novak released an important new report today, ranking the economic freedom of the Australian states. Western Australia comes in at no.1, with Tasmania last. Click here to download the factsheet and find out where your state ranked.

Luckily for the People’s Republic of Canberra, they weren’t ranked this year. Given their outrageous abuse of property rights, I doubt they’d fare well.

Anthony Albanese is apparently not a fan of the IPA’s research on coastal shipping. Funnily enough he neglects to mention how much his ‘reforms’ cost Australia or the fact he caused the number of Australian flagged ships to decline, as Aaron Lane explained in The Australian this month.

The great Dan Hannan MEP is returning to Australia next month to promote his new book, as a guest of our friends at Quadrant Magazine and the Centre for Independent Studies. The CIS has generously offered for IPA members to attend at the CIS member rate at their lunch in Perth on 24 February and in Melbourne on 28 February. You can also book for the Quadrant dinners in Sydney on 26 February and Canberra on 27 February here.

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History’s greatest achievement

January 23, 2014

From John Roskam

Next time you’re asked – ‘what have free trade and globalisation ever done for anyone?’ – you can show this graph. It’s from the American Enterprise Institute on New Year’s Eve.

Somehow to Oxfam this looks like a ‘winner-takes-all-system’. Their new report calling for more regulation and higher taxes got lots of publicity on the ABC this week – but nowhere was there any mention of poverty actually going down.

This is the most ridiculous thing that’s happened since the last Hey of last year. It’s the arrest of a man at the Australian Open tennis by the Victorian police. His crime? Telling someone the score. You can read about it here at the IPA’s FreedomWatch. Then read more about it at the blog that rejoices in the name ‘Sport is made for betting‘.

It looks like over at the ‘Human Rights’ Commission they’re not that excited about a former employee of the IPA joining them. Tim Wilson’s new employer complained they don’t have enough money to pay him. As our friends at the Centre for Independent Studies have found out, the Commission does somehow have enough money to spend nearly $30,000 on a cocktail party at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

Tim has his work cut out. Yesterday his new boss said ‘We need more laws‘ – yes…she really did say it. She won’t like this piece from Tim today in The Australian!

Last Friday, the great Mary Kissel had a great 3 minute interview with the great Janet Albrechtsen on WSJ Live about Tim’s appointment.

What’s happening in France is pretty funny. No – not the President’s affairs – their economy. When The Guardian runs not one – but two pieces on the same day complaining about the French it’s a sure sign there is indeed a new sick man of Europe.

Here’s why France is sick: the owner of a pub in Brittany was arrested for using ‘undeclared labour‘ (read it to find out what they did). And can you guess how long the government forces you to wait for a chauffeur driven car?

Hopefully no-one in France is attempting to make cinnamon rolls.

The long-awaited New Yorker profile on Barack Obama came out a few days ago. Anyone with any interest in American politics must read all its 17,000 words. This is a good analysis of the article from Fox News on Tuesday.

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