Farewell Russell Brand

August 27, 2015

From Peter Gregory | Thursday, 27 August 2015

Here are two graphs about inequality.

The first is new research from the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak about how many times the word ‘inequality’ has been uttered in the federal parliament.

The second we showed you in Hey in May – it’s from the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson on how unequally the income tax burden is shared among different income levels:

As IPA Deputy Executive Director James Paterson pointed out in this clip from the National Reform Summit in Sydney yesterday, the bottom 50% of individual taxpayers pay 12.4% of net income tax whilst the top 1% paid 16.01%. We’re sure that’s the form of inequality they’ve been talking about so much in Parliament.

James’ press release from yesterday afternoon is here. He says much better ideas for reform are contained in the IPA’s 75 radical ideas (and the follow-up additional 25 radical ideas) than came out of the Summit.

Sinc had this take-down of the speech Treasurer Joe Hockey made on Monday. But, as only Mikayla noticed in all the discussion about the speech, the Treasurer ominously left the door open to applying the GST to healthcare.

Sinc’s been busy. Remember the first time he caught Treasury generating dodgy numbers? Remember the second time? Well, he’s done it again. In the Cat last week, Sinc explained how the Department of Health is telling porkies on plain packaging.

Forget Greece. China is the most important economic story at the moment. Read this piece from The Spectator earlier this month to find out what’s really going on.

We’ve heard lots of amusing reasons why climate change is a problem, but this is the best yet – it supposedly makes it harder for Hollywood to shoot films. Won’t someone think of the mega-rich movie stars?

Speaking of mega-rich movie stars, Russell Brand has quietly announced to his 1.1 million followers that he’s “tired of being the story” and is axing his YouTube show.

Everyone’s been talking about ‘entryism’ in the British Labour party leadership vote. The Guardian this morning tells the story of a 17 year-old receiving an email from Labour HQ asking for covert information on whether his friends are really Labour supporters.

For your long reading – a 3,700 word review of a new book on the Wright brothers in The New York Review of Books earlier this month.

And if you’re in Melbourne in October, come along to a new rock musical: Jacka VC Legend of Gallipoli based on the novel Hard Jacka by Michael Lawriwsky (who spoke at the IPA’s Genius of Western Civilisation Symposium in 2011). Details and bookings here.

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Shock of the century: Russell Brand is on Team Corbyn

August 20, 2015

From James Paterson

New research from the IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak shows the significant and increasing burden of income taxes on Australian households. Download this IPA Factsheet to learn what’s really hurting the family budget:

And here you can read Mikayla’s full report, Income Tax: Weighing Down the Australian Family Budget.

If you’re unhappy about economic policymaking for the last 30 years there’s one university you definitely shouldn’t blame – the University of Chicago. As the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson explains on Catallaxy Files, these are the real culprits.

Voting is now open in British Labour’s leadership election. If “unreconstructed Trotskyite” Jeremy Corbyn does the impossible, Boris Johnson knows the people to blame for sending the party back to the 1790s – starting with Ed Miliband. And John Roskam’s column in the Australian Financial Review tomorrow says that Corbyn has already changed Britain – whether he gets elected or not. You’ll be shocked to learn Russell Brand is on Team Corbyn.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison must be a Hey-reader. This week the NFL player returned his sons’ participation trophies to their school because he doesn’t think just turning up deserves a prize. Last year John Roskam wrote about getting in trouble for telling his son’s under-8s cricket team who was winning.

And don’t look now – but Hillary Clinton might be in trouble, as Charles Cooke explained in the National Review yesterday. Joe Biden, your party needs you.

Last week we told you about this brilliant essay in The Atlantic on the stifling political correctness on campus. But don’t worry – The Atlantic’s not coming over to the dark side. This is the same publication that dissed Shakespeare last year for being too conservative.

There are some great events coming up around Australia that you might like to attend:

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UK Labour is the party for everyone…especially Greens and Tories

August 13, 2015

From James Bolt

Next time someone tells you renewable energy is cheap, show them this graph. The full analysis, released last week, is here.

Or, to get them even angrier, send them this important post on Catallaxy Files by Professor Ian Plimer.

The Atlantic magazine next month features this outstanding 7,000 word cover story ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’ on how political correctness and ‘trigger warnings’ are a disaster for education.

Here is Roger Kimball’s review in The New York Times from 1987 of the original The Closing of the American Mind. And here is John Roskam’s take on the closing of the Australian mind from The AFR in May this year.

Looks like we were wrong when we assured you Jeremy Corbyn won’t be the next British Labour Party leader. He is currently way out in front. He’s helped by a system where anyone can pay three pounds and call themselves a ‘registered supporter‘ of the Labour Party to vote for the next leader.

Amazingly…this has not worked out as planned. I guess the Labour Party elite didn’t foresee ‘registered supporters’ including Greens and a former Tory Minister. It started to get out of hand after The Telegraph encouraged its readers to vote for Corbyn “to consign Labour to electoral oblivion“. But at least Corbyn’s good on the EU.

It’s gotten so dire for Labour that Tony Blair has begged Guardian readers ‘don’t vote for Corbyn, even if you hate me‘.

Laurence Tribe spent years as Barack Obama’s confidant. Now he is fighting against Obama’s carbon emission regulations in court. New York Magazine published a fascinating profile of him last month.

The English Premier League season started last week, read the IPA’s Peter Gregory in The Roar today on how billionaires are saving English football.

Australia is in need of workplace relations reform. The IPA’s Brett Hogan published this submission to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption yesterday, calling for unions and employer bodies to be regulated like companies. You can read our media release here.

You can still RSVP for the IPA’s Brisbane launch of Greg Sheridan’s new book When We Were Young and Foolish on 24 August, and for our final Magna Carta event in Perth on 8 September. If you’re 25 or under register for our Young Members event with entrepreneur Ruslan Kogan in Melbourne on Tuesday 18 August.

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Raise the minimum wage? What could go wrong?

August 6, 2015

From Peter Gregory

Sally Young, Associate Professor of political science at the University of Melbourne, wrote in The Age on Tuesday that the Abbott government is the worst government ever. Why? Because the Abbott government has passed the least amount of legislation of any government since the late 60s.

We are looking forward to Young’s follow up piece about how Malcolm Fraser was a better Prime Minister than Gough Whitlam.

Of course, as the IPA’s Chris Berg said in this video, increasing the number of pages of legislation passed by the federal government is nothing to be proud of:

Robert Conquest, the pre-eminent Western historian who chronicled the horrors of Soviet rule, died on Monday. Here are the three best pieces you should read on Conquest:

The Guardian also published this obituary on Conquest today. It contained the suggestion that he criticized communism “a few times more than was strictly necessary”. I suppose you can ‘go on a bit’ about an ideology responsible for the deaths of 100 million people.

The IPA was delighted to launch Greg Sheridan’s new book, When We Were Young and Foolish, in Melbourne on Monday. You can watch Greg’s speech here:

Other videos from the event featuring John Roskam and Michael Kroger are available here. Book here for Greg’s launch in Brisbane on Monday 24 August. And here for his launch in Canberra on Wednesday 12 August.

James Delingpole in Breitbart on Monday was upset about the Seattle CEO who decided to pay everyone in his organisation a minimum wage of $70,000. Apparently he’s fallen on hard times.

What would Ayn Rand say about that? On Monday Reason asked why famous people recant their admiration for her.

You’ll be relieved to know that a court in the US has ruled against an animal rights group, and found that Hercules and Leo the chimpanzees are not ‘legal persons‘.

Last Wednesday The Week featured this fascinating 5,000 word long piece about the first American to join China’s Communist Party.

The wonderful Connor Court Publishing is holding its 10 year anniversary dinner on Monday 14 September. John Roskam, Professor Ian Plimer and Michael Kroger will be speaking. Details and bookings here.

You can still book for the IPA’s remaining Magna Carta events in Hobart, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth.

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