Maybe the Greens just want to get to know us better

June 18, 2015

From James Paterson

Yesterday in the Senate the Greens tried and failed to initiate an inquiry into…the mining industry, the IPA and “climate science deniers”. I thought the Greens were supposed to be against McCarthyism?


You can read the full terms of reference for Senator Larissa Waters’ unsuccessful inquiry here.

Pope Francis’ papal encyclical on climate change will be officially released tonight Australian time. A leaked draft has already appeared online in Italian on Monday.¬†Independent MP Andrew Wilkie isn’t waiting for the full text to call on Tony Abbott to fall into line. Presumably Wilkie also wants the Prime Minister to line up with the Pope on other issues. Father James Grant, a Catholic Priest and Adjunct Fellow at the IPA, issued this media release yesterday explaining why the encyclical simply represents the Pope’s personal opinion on climate change and is not binding for Catholics.

The document that laid the foundations for the rule of law, parliamentary democracy and our personal liberties, the Magna Carta, celebrated its 800th anniversary on Monday. Visit the IPA’s special new website explaining its enduring importance.

The IPA’s new book by Chris Berg and John Roskam, Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty, is now available. Download your copy on Kindle today, or place a pre-order for your hard copy here.

Chris and John will hit the road in July to begin the IPA’s national tour of public events about the Magna Carta. On Monday 27 July they will be in Rockhampton, on Tuesday 28 July they will be in Brisbane and on Wednesday 29 July they will be in Sydney. Dates for events in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth will be announced shortly.

Thank God the Magna Carta isn’t being written today. If it was, it would include massive new regulation of the internet – at least according to the ABC. On FreedomWatch the IPA’s Peter Gregory explains why that is such a terrible idea.

But then again if Shakespeare was alive and writing today, maybe he wouldn’t have English teachers describing him as a “long-dead, British guy“.

Set aside 33 minutes to watch this brilliant speech by Mark Steyn at the Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change in Washington DC last week. The IPA’s Climate Change: The Facts 2014 features.

The Labor Party is worried Tony Abbott has too much of your money to spend, and is asking for tax-deductible donations to reduce federal government revenue. We agree. The federal government does spend too much of your money. But unlike donations to the ALP, a tax-deductible donation to the IPA’s End of Financial Year Appeal won’t be spent campaigning for bigger government.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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