The life of an Italian, New Zealand and Australian public servant

July 31, 2014

From Peter Gregory

Do you lie awake at night worrying about how Australia’s top public servants are scraping by?

Well don’t! This graph demonstrates just how well Australia’s top public servants do compared to their OECD counterparts (and there are more amazing graphs here):

In June, the IPA’s Sinclair Davidson revealed on The Catallaxy Files that the CEO of cutting edge communications company Australia Post earns almost $5 million a year. And remember when the RBA governor had his pay increased to over a million dollars during the GFC?  

This might be the weirdest paragraph in Hey ever. Watch the IPA’s Chris Berg on The Drum last night (skip to 3:53) talk about the suppression order no-one is allowed to talk about (including people who write Hey). And here’s a carefully-worded report in The Sydney Morning Herald from yesterday about the scandal. If you ever doubted that Australia has a problem with freedom of speech – this is proof that it does.

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm wants young jobseekers to be able to negotiate their own contracts (like the top public servants) under the award. In March the IPA’s Aaron Lane and Dr Julie Novak submitted this important report to the Fair Work Commission arguing that the minimum wage causes unemployment for low income earners and should be abolished.

And Julie has also been busy this week battling iconic American rapper Coolio over the ACT’s infrastructure priorities. Really. Here’s Coolio last week on the matter. Here’s Julie’s response in The Canberra Times on Monday.

This is James Paterson in New York telling Mary Kissel and The Wall Street Journal about how Australia ditchedthe carbon tax:

And on Friday former IPA guest Matt Ridley had this fascinating article in the WSJ about Bjørn Lomborg’s (another former IPA guest) quest for smarter foreign aid. 

A fortnight ago in Hey I told you about the awful case of a woman in America being jailed for letting her child go to the park. Sadly, Reason reports it’s happened again – this week a Florida mother was arrested for letting her seven-year-old son go to a park half a mile away by himself.

For those of you unable to attend the IPA’s launch of Ian Plimer’s new book Not for Greens last week, here is the video of Ian’s terrific address. And if you’re in Sydney on August 6 get along to the Quadrant Dinner with Roger Kimball.

The IPA is privileged to host Robert Bryce to deliver the 2014 HV McKay Lecture on Tuesday September 9 in Melbourne. Robert is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research in New York and in May published a remarkable new book called Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper. You can read a review of it in The Boston Globe here. Terry McCrann will be giving the vote of thanks. Click here to book.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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