Abolish – Established – Tony Jones

April 24, 2014

From Peter Gregory

Last week we had a huge response from Hey readers to these word clouds of the IPA’s ’75 Radical Ideas to Transform Australia’ and the ALP’s “achievements” while in office.

So we decided to make a word cloud of the transcript of the IPA’s favourite television program – see if you can guess what it is!

The FIRST 5 PEOPLE to respond correctly will receive a FREE ticket to the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Symposium, Liberty and Democracy in Western Civilisation on Friday 9th May in Melbourne! (Email your responses to me at [email protected].)

Get in fast, because the Symposium is unmissable and will feature these fantastic speakers: Roger Scruton, John Howard, Ryan Messmore, Ian Callinan, Janet Albrechtsen, Tim Wilson, Kevin Donnelly, Nick Cater, John Roskam, Ian Harper, Claudio Véliz, Jennifer Oriel, Richard Allsop, David Kemp, Greg Melleuish and Chris Berg.

If you aren’t quick enough to be in the first 5 – click here to book tickets the normal way. As well as featuring at the Symposium, the IPA is hosting Roger Scruton in Sydney on May 14 and Brisbane on May 15. Click here and here for details.

Not featuring at the Symposium will be Sydney filmmaker Anna Broinowski. She made Aim High in Creation!, a taxpayer-funded documentary to stop a gas mine near her Sydney home where she turns to North Korea’s former leader Kim Jong-Il for inspiration…as you do. Here’s the (hilarious and bizarre) trailer.

The big take-out for Broinowski is that even though North Korean filmmakers legitimise a murderous regime, they are really talented and besides, “no matter what ideological framework you operate within, Filmmakers are Family.”

Here’s an incredible update on freedom of speech from Andrew Bolt. According to Professor of Theology at the Australian Catholic University, Neil Ormerod, freedom of speech should only be available to those contributing to the “common good”. As Andrew Bolt explains, Christianity would’ve turned out a little differently if Professor Ormerod had his way…

As I’m sure all Hey readers were already aware, Tuesday was Earth Day. Sit back and have a chuckle at the 13 most ridiculous predictions made on the very first Earth Day in 1970 from Ricochet.

If you’re after a belated Earth Day present for that special someone – try Ian Plimer’s latest book, Not for Greens, which is now available from Connor Court. Or James Delingpole’s The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism – this is a terrific interview with James Delingpole from Ed Driscoll at PJ Media on Sunday.

And former guest of the IPA, Bjørn Lomborg had this fantastic piece in The Spectator earlier this month on carbon credits.

If you’re in Melbourne on May 6, The Hon Dr David Kemp is giving the Alfred Deakin Lecture. Details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

  

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Who knew The Age was an ultra-libertarian stronghold?

April 17, 2014

From James Paterson

There’s no reason for the Abbott government to exempt the ABC from budget cuts. In fact, they should go even further and privatise the ABC, as the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak argued yesterday in The Canberra Times.

This graph shows why reforming our state broadcaster is so important – and so hard for federal politicians.

(Next time someone like Robert Manne complains that the Murdoch media “controls” Australia, send them this graph).

If you only click one link in Hey this week make it this one: Mark Steyn’s brilliant 2,000 word essay in this week’s Spectator Australia on the fight for free speech around the world – including against 18C in Australia.

Fairfax’s Mark Kenny thinks you’d have to be an “ultra-libertarian” to support freedom of speech. Maybe he should read the “ultra-libertarian” newspaper that employs him. You’re probably an ultra-libertarian too if you prefer this word cloud of IPA ideas to the word cloud of the ALP’s “achievements”.

Oh no! Greenpeace are not happy…again. This time it’s cheap energy and Australians for Coal they don’t like. Greenpeace aren’t that keen on cheap electricity for the 18% of the world’s population who don’t have access to power. Another thing for poor people Greenpeace don’t like: cheap food.

This is an incredible story in the Los Angeles Magazine about the escape of one of America’s greatest baseball stars from his native Cuba. For just $9,980 the Sydney Morning Herald and George Negus will take you on a guided tour of the “politically unique” dictatorship that still holds political prisoners and thousands have risked their lives to flee.

You will enjoy this fascinating review by Frank Furedi in spiked last week of an important new bookThe Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine and the Birth of Right and Left.

If you’re in Brisbane on Saturday 17 May don’t miss the HR Nicholls Society’s annual conference ‘Stopping the Decline: Our Urgent Jobs Plan’ – full details here.

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The problem with democracy

April 10, 2014

From Peter Gregory

I think we’ve finally bitten off more than we can chew.

The Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church has the IPA in its cross hairs. Located in the working class enclave of East Melbourne, the Church thinks that the Abbott Government’s Commission of Audit is based on the IPA’s ‘75 radical ideas to transform Australia‘ and is “inviting us to treat the public sector as if it is illegitimate and unnecessary.” (Not a bad summation really…)

Perhaps federal public servants worried about the Commission of Audit should move over to the state bureaucracies – the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak’s forthcoming research shows us that most states have doubled the amount of funds devoted to employee wages and salaries since 2001.

The words “I believe in democracy but…” have clearly been uttered by whoever made this terrible, terrible video. It was released by the ABC last week to warn the people of WA that if they’re not careful, they just might end up voting for one of those nasty micro parties at the Senate elections held on the weekend. It’s 1:42 long and I guarantee you will watch it more than once to decide which bits disgust you most (FreedomWatch post here).

The Institute for Liberty in the US wants Members of Congress to Pledge to Read every piece of legislation that they vote on. Good luck with that! I hope they’ve all seen Chris Berg’s pages of legislation video!

This is why the IPA opposes the National Curriculum – in Breitbart on Tuesday James Delingpole had this piece about British schoolchildren being terrorised by green propaganda.

There are a couple of terrific long videos this week. From Basic Economics, this 2003 Milton Friedman interview with Gary Becker (1 hr and 12 mins). And the 2nd European Union In Or Out debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage on the BBC last week (it goes for 59:24 – for the first debate, click here). And here is Dan Hannan’s take on Farage’s game-changing victory.

This is an excellent piece from Roger Scruton in Forbes on Tuesday about the politics of climate change. The IPA is bringing Roger to Australia next month. Details and registration here forMelbourneSydney and Brisbane.

The IPA is also welcoming internationally renowned scientist and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute Dr Patrick Michaels to Australia in April and May. Click here to register for PerthMelbourneSydney andBrisbane.

And The Spectator Australia is hosting Treasurer Joe Hockey in Sydney on Wednesday April 23.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

  

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When you leave Tim Flannery in charge

April 3, 2014

 
From John Roskam

Well…that’s what happens when you leave Tim Flannery in charge of something. Greg Combet’s promise back in February 2011 that the Climate Commission would “build the consensus required to move to a clean energy future” hasn’t quite worked out that way. The results released on Tuesday this week of an IPA commissioned poll of 1,059 Australians’ attitude to climate change proves that’s another $5m of taxpayers’ money down the drain.

There’s been almost no change in the last 4 years in what Australians think of climate change – almost two thirds of people still think either that the variation in global temperature is natural or that they’re not sure what the truth is. Full details here – Terry McCrann put it well – the public just aren’t buying the apocalypse.

There must be a stupidity competition running somewhere and the Australian Football League and the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal must have both entered.

Back in January when I wrote in The Financial Review about the ridiculousness of not keeping score in children’s sport I didn’t think it could get worse – this week the AFL proved me wrong.

But somehow the AFL got trumped by this decision from the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

If you’re depressed by all of this you could go to the Melbourne Comedy Festival to cheer up. But you still wouldn’t be able to escape the IPA if you went to see this stand-up comedian!

Here’s a new take on freedom of speech. Ban free newspapers. For something even more serious on the topic you must read Clyde Rathbone’s article in The Sydney Morning Herald a few days ago and Alan Dershowitz in The Australian ($) yesterday.

Josh Frydenberg, the parliamentary secretary to the PM in charge of cutting red tape gave a terrific speech to the IPA the other week – it’s here. America needs him as well – this story from The Washington Post is just incredible.

There’s some great events coming up.

The IPA is hosting Dr Patrick Michaels from the Cato Institute in Perth on 29 April, Melbourne on 1 May, Sydney on 5 May, and Brisbane on 6 May. He’ll be talking about the facts and fallacies of climate change.

On 29 April in Melbourne and on 10 April in Brisbane the CIS is having Brendan O’Neill discuss ‘Nannies, Nudgers and Naggers: The New Enemies of Freedom’.

On 3 and 4 May in Sydney the second annual ALS Friedman Conference is on. Speakers include the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak and Professor Sinclair Davidson, people who used to be at the IPA like Tim Wilson, and Henry Ergas, Judith Sloan, Senator Elect David Leyonhjelm, and Bopha Phorn the editor ofThe Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh.

And of course next month Roger Scruton is in Australia! Details here for MelbourneSydney andBrisbane.

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