Battered Mars Bars…British history everyone should study

July 23, 2015

From James Bolt

Only 15 out of the 739 history subjects taught in Australian universities and tertiary institutions in 2014 covered British history. That’s the most incredible finding from the IPA’s new report The End Of History…In Australian Universities by Stephanie Forrest, Chris Berg and Hannah Pandel.

Here are three more things you need to know from the report:

  • Only 10 of the 34 universities offered subjects on the history of Britain as part of their history programs, despite Australian society being founded on British institutions.
  • But 13 out of the 34 offered film studies subjects as part of their history programs.
  • More universities offered subjects on the history of popular culture – 8 – than offered subjects on intellectual history – 6.

You can read the media release we sent out on Monday about the report here. On Saturday, the report was featured on page 3 of The Australian, and was the basis of Rowan Callick’s Inquirer article.

Ray Finkelstein has accused the IPA of viewing media regulation as “the product of either an aimless, irrational bureaucracy or meddling, expedient politicians” in his latest paper. Apparently that’s not what media regulation is. Scroll to page 965 to see the John Roskam quote that was singled out for special criticism.

Yesterday social services minister Scott Morrison spoke to the IPA about how Australia can avoid the economic crisis facing Greece. You can watch his speech here, and an excerpt from the speech is on FreedomWatch. This article in The Telegraph on Sunday warned that it is a possibility Australia should begin preparing for.

Hey readers have been obsessed with Greece over the last two weeks, but there’s one culprit for the debt problem we haven’t told you about yet: The International Olympic Committee. These photos of Greece’s abandoned Olympic venues 10 years after the games are incredible.

As the IPA’s Peter Gregory pointed out on FreedomWatch this week, state governments are also needlessly throwing taxpayer dollars at elite sporting competitions.

Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of Dodd-Frank, the sweeping financial market “reforms” by the Obama administration. On Monday congressman Jeb Hensarling had a great article in The Wall Street Journal explaining why Dodd-Frank has been an absolute failure.

This may be the Nanny State’s sweetest defeat. Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Scotland has triumphed over its local council who wanted the chip shop to take down its sign claiming to be the birthplace of the deep fried Mars Bar because it encouraged bad eating habits.

There are two great articles in the current edition of City Journal. After years of communism, Hanoi is booming through a free market revolution. And this is on the University of California’s relentless search for imaginary bias. We told you about this search in Hey a few weeks ago.

The IPA is hosting the launch of Greg Sheridan’s new book in Brisbane on Tuesday 28 July. Details and booking here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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