We should send Hey at 2:45am

March 26, 2015

From James Paterson

A few weeks ago in Hey we said we hoped you weren’t looking for a job. This week we hope you aren’t looking for a house:

The chart is from an upcoming publication by the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak. If you want to know how to fix unaffordable housing, read Mikayla’s article in The Canberra Times from November last year.

On Tuesday at the IPA Dr Patrick Basham from the Democracy Institute in Washington D.C explained that the Nanny State is all about rich people finding poor people distasteful. Watch Dr Basham’s full address here:

And if you’re free in Sydney tonight make sure you join Dr Basham with our friends from the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance at the Occidental Hotel from 6pm. Details here.

Already almost 3,000 people have watched Dr Arthur Laffer’s speech to the IPA last week – if you’re not one of them, click here. You can also watch the excellent Q&A that followed with Dr Laffer, John Roskam and new Quadrant editor John O’Sullivan.

At least one politician has taken Dr Laffer’s message to heart. In the Senate on Tuesday Senator Bob Day called for the introduction of a flat tax, and explained why it would increase government revenues.

One thing that won’t generate more revenues – or growth – is an attack on international corporate tax competition. The IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson takes the OECD to task for promoting this approach…on the OECD’s own blog.

The IPA is hosting Treasurer Joe Hockey for a speech to IPA members in Melbourne on Tuesday about how tax reform can help secure Australia’s future prosperity. RSVP here.

We’ve all heard the one about 97% of scientists and climate change. So you’re ready next time you receive a lecture about it, read this excellent article by Professor Richard Tol from The Australian yesterday.

And this is a great story – Thomas Piketty’s inequality thesis started to unravel thanks to a 459-word blog comment at 2.45am by a 26 year old graduate student.

Former Canadian conservative leader Preston Manning, founder of the Reform Party and mentor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is speaking in Sydney next month as a guest of The Australian Business Executive magazine. More details available here.

If you’re 25 or under and not yet a member of the IPA – or know someone who is – tomorrow is your last chance to enter the draw to win lunch with Andrew Bolt and John Roskam. Sign up for just $22 for your chance to win, and all the other benefits of IPA membership.

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The Winter Palace must be around here somewhere…

March 19, 2015

From Peter Gregory

If you click on one link in today’s Hey, make it this one. It’s Dr Arthur Laffer – inventor of the Laffer Curve and economic adviser to Ronald Reagan – giving a brilliant speech to the IPA in Melbourne last night:

Here is Dr Laffer’s excellent interview on ABC Radio National Breakfast on Tuesday where he explained to ABC journalist Fran Kelly why cutting tax rates isn’t ‘wacky’. 

Is privatising the BBC really as bad as ISIS destroying historic sites? They would think that at The Guardian wouldn’t they? Maybe it was a Guardian reader who accused the IPA’s Chris Berg of taking sides against totalitarian savages? Follow the whole saga here at FreedomWatch

And if Islamic State were readingThe Telegraph last Sunday they would be very afraid – Boris Johnson wants to enlist in a special armed unit to defend the monuments.

On Friday former IPA guest Matt Ridley had this piece in The Wall Street Journal on how fossil fuels will save the world. And on Sunday the Global Warming Policy Foundation released this excellent briefing paper ‘The Small Print: What the Royal Society left out‘. 

I bet you weren’t expecting this sentence when you opened Hey today: here are the ‘Top 12 most libertarian quotes by Barack Obama‘ from The Libertarian Republic. My favourite is the free market one. 

Many reasons have been offered for the failure of Communism. This week a quick internet search would’ve saved the revolution. Read the tale in The Spectator of the anti-capitalist protesters who occupied the wrong building in Pall Mall. 

And your long piece for this week is this excellent 3,600 word article by economist David K Levine: ‘The Keynesian Illusion‘.  

Dr Patrick Basham is coming to Australia to talk about how the Nanny State is bad for taxpayers, public health and your freedoms. There are still a few places left at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance event in Sydney on 26 March which is now free for IPA members. Book here. And a few tickets remain for the IPA event in Melbourne on 24 March. Book here.  

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

  

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The truck driver probably blamed global warming too

March 12, 2015

From James Bolt

Unemployment in Australia is 6.3%. It’s no wonder 48% of Australians agree there’s too much red tape on business in this exclusive new poll for the IPA this week:

 

You can read the rest of our poll’s findings here, including the incredible results from South Australia where 61% of respondents answered ‘yes’. 

“Unmerciful” said French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira when discussing free speech recently. No, she was not describing the brutal murders of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. She was praising France’s new anti-free speech laws that will unmercifully target people expressing opinions online. #JeSuisCensored.

This might be the worst thing you will read in Hey all year. Last week, the staff at Charlie Hebdo were awarded the “International Islamophobe of the Year” by the UK’s Islamic Human Rights Commission. 

Still, we shouldn’t be surprised. As this fascinating piece by Douglas Murray in the March edition of Standpoint shows, Britain has been eroding free speech for years.

Global warming alarmists have drawn some long bows over the years, but we may have a winner. Apparently global warming is behind the rise of ISIS. I’m embarrassed I didn’t see the link earlier! Former guest of the IPA Dr Patrick Michaels analyses the claim on the Cato blog here. He’s not impressed.

Hey readers last week were fascinated by the great European disaster that was the BBC docu-drama The Great European Disaster. James Delingpole has since written this scathing review in The Spectator on Saturday

If you’re looking for a damning indictment of Australia’s industrial relations system, look no further. It was revealed this week that when a company fired a truck driver for urinating on a client’s warehouse, not only was it deemed by the Fair Work Commission as wrongful termination,the driver was awarded $16,128 in unfair dismissal compensation.

There are still a few places available at our upcoming events. Dr Patrick Basham is a leading expert on the Nanny State and will speak about how it is bad for our health and our liberties. You can register here for the event taking place on 24 March in Melbourne. Dr Basham will also be appearing in Sydney with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance – the details are here.

You can also register for Dr Art Laffer’s public lecture in Melbourne on 18 March for the IPA and ACCI on ‘Lessons from the Reagan Revolution’ here. Dr Laffer will be appearing in Sydney with the Sydney Institute – registration here.

Finally, the Conservative Leadership Foundation are hosting their annual Conservative Writing Competition on the topic “If I were Prime Minister, I would…”. The IPA’s James Paterson was the competition’s inaugural winner, and you can be this year’s by entering here.   

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Back in my day the government was only a quarter of GDP

March 5, 2015

From James Paterson

The Intergenerational Report was released at 12.15pm today. There’s no good news. Here’s some of the bad news. No one thinks we should cut government spending:

 

But we knew that yesterday after this vote in the Senate.

If there’s one thing a US member of Congress won’t stand for it is using the House of Representatives “for political purposes“. That’s a real quote from a real Democrat about why she didn’t attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Washington this Tuesday.

This week the BBC tried to scare the British into staying in the EU, with this ‘docu-drama‘. It backfired, as The Telegraph explained in this one-star review. Dan Hannan is also unforgiving.

Last month the IPA was delighted to host climate change briefings in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane to mark the launch of the IPA’s new book, Climate Change: The Facts 2014. Watch the speeches delivered by two of the contributing authors of the book, Professor Bob Carter and Professor Stewart Franks.

Want more intellectual nourishment on climate change? Why not attend this talk at the University of South Australia next week on how our ‘practices of intimacy‘ will be affected by climate change? (At least I think that’s what it’s about).

Dr Patrick Basham is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Nanny State. On Tuesday 24 March he’ll be in Melbourne to speak about how the Nanny State is bad for taxpayers, public health and our freedoms. This is a free event for IPA members – click here to secure your place. Read this excellent article Dr Basham wrote for Spiked in November last year on the food police.

There are still places available for Dr Art Laffer’s public lecture for the IPA and ACCI in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 March. Dr Laffer will be speaking about the ‘Lessons from the Reagan Revolution’ – book here. And our friends at Liberty on the Rocks will be hosting the unofficial after-party to discuss the lecture with economist John Humphreys and Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance executive director Tim Andrews – full details available here.

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