Parks and naughty corners – not safe for children

July 17, 2014

From Peter Gregory

Greens leader Christine Milne finally cares about Tasmanian jobs! Last week, she was worried that scrapping the carbon tax would cost jobs…at Hydro Tasmania. It’s just as well she’s come around, given this remarkable chart:

If you think the Tasmanian and South Australian governments’ handling of the economy is bad, take a look at the Singaporean government’s hilarious attempt to deal with problem gambling:

This is a terrible story from Reason of a mother in the US being jailed this month for letting her nine-year-old child go to the park by herself. And here is our FreedomWatch post on the academics who think sending children to the naughty corner is an abuse of their human rights.

The bizarre operation to remove smoking from the historical record of World War Two continues. In March we showed you these photos of Winston Churchill with and without his trademark cigar. Now, American viewers of George Clooney’s new movie The Monuments Men, set during World War Two, are being warned it contains ‘historical smoking’ (FreedomWatch post here).

Still in the states, read this amazing story from Mark Steyn on Monday about an Independence Day float, the Department of Justice and an outhouse.

But it’s not all bad news from America – Reason released a report last week showing that increasing numbers of millennials think government is wasteful and inefficient.

And here’s something else that will cheer you up! After a 10 year legal battle, Amazon has gotten around France’s law against companies offering free shipping of books – by charging 0.01 euros per shipment.

If you’re in Melbourne on 8 and 9 October then you should go and see the IPA’s executive director John Roskam speak at the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences National Forum. Details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

 

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