Bill Gates is rich for a reason

July 10, 2014

From James Paterson

While we wait for the Senate to get around to repealing the carbon tax, here’s three things from our elected representatives this week that you’ll love:

1. LDP Senator (and IPA member) David Leyonhjelm’s brilliant maiden speech, delivered in the Senate last night:

2. This entertaining speech, delivered by Queensland MP George Christensen in Las Vegas this week at the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change. Christensen laments climate alarmism has become like science fiction – and not the good Star Trek of old kind.

3. Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir’s step-by-step guide on how to make the best home-made beer-battered onion rings (who said the Motoring Enthusiasts were a one-issue party?):

In his Australian Financial Review column on Friday, IPA executive director John Roskam said Ricky Muir doesn’t deserve the disdain he’s received from the political class in Canberra. And on The Drum on Tuesday Chris Berg said it isn’t such a bad thing this new Senate resembles ordinary Australians more closely than the last one.

It’s no wonder Bill Gates is one of the world’s richest men. He’s worked out that cheap energy is good for poor people. Who’d have thunk it? It’s like the time Bono worked out capitalism was good for getting rid of poverty.

This is a remarkable speech by Anthony Daniels, who writes as Theodore Dalrymple for The Spectator, delivered at Hillsdale College in May on the decline of England.

This week’s crazy Conversation article really takes the cake. Apparently CCTV surveillance is all the fault of…wait for it…Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman.

The IPA has just published the latest book in our Foundations of Western Civilisation monograph series. Richard Allsop’s Liberalism: A Short History was sent to IPA premier members last week, and is now available for purchase. You can read more about this important new book, and order it online, here.

Former IPA research fellow Asher Judah’s new book from Connor Court, The Australian Century, will be launched in Melbourne on Wednesday July 30th. And don’t forget to RSVP for the IPA’s launches of Ian Plimer’s latest book, Not For Greens, in Melbourne on Tuesday 22nd July and in Brisbane on Monday 28 July.

And finally, it must be opposites day over at the Human Rights Commission – they’re holding a conference on free speech! And they’ve even invited Chris Berg to speak. Full details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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