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.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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