The WHO are telling porkies

October 29, 2015

From James Bolt | Thursday, 29 October 2015

Union membership is at a record low, according to ABS figures released on Tuesday:

Here’s the IPA’s view on these figures and what they mean for Australia. In this major report from July, we identified how unions are stopping reform.

The great Matt Ridley has a new book out this week – The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge. Read his fascinating 2,400 word essay in The Wall Street Journal on Saturday on how the technological revolution will never end.

The New York Times had this revealing interview with Matt Ridley two weeks ago. You can also watch his speech to the IPA in 2013 on why he will always be optimistic for humanity’s future.

Someone who’s not optimistic for the future is Bill Gates. He says only big government can save us from climate change. It’s strange how free markets can so richly reward people who have no idea how they work.

But it’s never too late to change your mind about capitalism. You now have to pay a fee to visit Karl Marx’s grave. You should still go if you want to; you have nothing to lose but your change.

The Washington Examiner on Friday revealed how Ben Carson, running for the Republican nomination, raises US$600,000 a week through Facebook.

If you ever thought taxpayer-funded modern art looked rubbish, you will sympathise with these Italian cleaners – they threw out an installation thinking it was the aftermath of a party. The IPA’s Jason Potts in September argued that the arts no longer need taxpayer funding.

Last week, Starbucks and Fiat were ordered to pay 20-30 million Euros in unpaid taxes after the EU ruled that corporate tax breaks are effectively illegal state subsidies. Since when does the EU ban subsidies?

This week the World Health Organisation warned that processed meat causes cancer. On Monday, Christopher Snowdon explained why salami lovers don’t need to panic just yet. On FreedomWatch, I pointed out that a longer life without bacon is not a life worth living.

The IPA has two exciting events coming up in Melbourne. On 2 November, the IPA will be hosting the launch of Professor Ian Plimer’s new book Heaven and Hell. RSVP here.

And on 26 November, the IPA is proud to be hosting the launch of Peter Reith’s new book, The Reith Papers. You can RSVP here.

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Greenpeace still don’t care about poor people

October 22, 2015

From Peter Gregory

The winning idea at Wyatt Roy’s “hackathon for innovative policies” on the weekend was to encourage kids to open lemonade stands. We think that’s a great idea. All a child would need to do to start a homemade lemonade stand in Victoria is:

Oh, and I hope no-one’s planning a stall for this afternoon – a Statement of Trade must be lodged at least five working days before opening. And don’t even think about selling anything as dangerous as custard.

No wonder entrepreneurship in Australia is declining, as the IPA’s Brett Hogan explained in this factsheet earlier this month.

Malcolm Turnbull’s comments regarding section 18C on Tuesday are concerning. Read John Roskam’s response in The Sydney Morning Herald here.

Remember when I said in Hey that Greenpeace didn’t care about poor people? On Monday the Scientific American had this piece about Greenpeace’s failed attempt to provide an Indian village with renewable electricity. Brett Hogan had this FreedomWatch post about Greenpeace’s awful response when it failed and how the village is now connected to India’s national grid, powered by coal.

Meanwhile, France’s top weatherman was sacked for his views on climate change.

Speaking of being sacked for your views on climate change, Bjorn Lomborg’s research centre has been cancelled by the government. In The Australian today, John Roskam explained why this was a “victory for censorship“.

Here are two important pieces to send to your friends who don’t read Hey. Last Friday, the Foundation for Economic Education assured Bernie Sanders that the poor are in fact getting richer, not poorer. On Monday, Dan Hannan argued that poverty isn’t caused by wealth in CapX.

Irwin Schiff – the controversial campaigner who argued that income tax was unconstitutional in the US – died on Friday. Read Reason’s obituary here.

The Conservative Party of Canada lost power on Monday. Read Mark Steyn’s take on it here.

The IPA is proud to be hosting the launch of Professor Ian Plimer’s new book Heaven and Hell on Monday 2 November in Melbourne. Details and bookings here.

If you’re 25 or under, enter the Generation Liberty Writing Competition. First prize is $100 and an IPA Young Membership. Details here.

The HR Nicholls Society XXXVI Conference is in Melbourne on Saturday 28 November. Details and bookings here.

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The ACTU not awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics

October 15, 2015

From James Paterson

Last week the Productivity Commission admitted that Australia is in fact a high-taxing country, when you make an apples with apples comparison that includes Australia’s compulsory superannuation as well as European social security taxes:

Sound familiar? Maybe because the IPA has been arguing this for years. Like in Dr Mikayla Novak’s December 2014 report:

Someone should tell Ged Kearney from the ACTU. Oh wait – IPA Executive Director John Roskam already did:

Ged won’t be winning a Nobel Prize for Economics any time soon – but this guy did: Angus Deaton, a Professor at Princeton University and the 2015 Nobel laureate for economics, won the prize for his work on measuring consumption. Pleasingly, his sceptical views on foreign aid are very similar to the IPA’s. On FreedomWatch, Mikayla highlights his work on poverty.

Good news in the ongoing fight to fix section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. After debate in the Senate today, there are now 13 Senators on the record backing Family First Senator Bob Day’s bill to amend the act. You can watch Senator Day’s excellent speech here. The IPA’s Simon Breheny explained in this media release yesterday why the Turnbull government should support the bill.

Here’s one for the Nanny State to take on – the disturbing rise of electric-car-fuelled violence in California.

US Senator (and Republican Presidential candidate) Ted Cruz had this incredible exchange earlier this month in a Senate hearing with the president of the environmental organisation the Sierra Club. It deserves its 564,883 views. On FreedomWatch, the IPA’s Brett Hogan argues this is yet more evidence why scientific debate should never be ‘settled’.

On Thursday 29 October I’ll be joining Fred McMahon from Canada’s Fraser Institute and our friends at the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Perth for the Australian launch of the 2015 Economic Freedom of the World Index. RSVP here.

On Thursday 26 November the IPA is proud to be hosting the Melbourne launch of Peter Reith’s new book, The Reith Papers. Peter will join Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and John Roskam for a discussion about his diaries from the first five years of the Howard government. Click here to secure your place at the launch.

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Bono, Obama and the World Bank all agree the IPA is right

October 8, 2015

From James Bolt

Next week is Anti-Poverty Week. Let’s all reach the same conclusion Bono has:

Maybe Bono saw our Facebook page yesterday:

That comes from Wednesday’s Australian Financial Review ($) editorial. Here’s another graph showing how 138,000 people have been lifted out of poverty every day over the last 25 years.

These graphs are based on the World Bank’s landmark report Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity, released last Sunday. The IPA’s Dr Mikayla Novak explained the report and outlined what’s needed to further reduce poverty on FreedomWatch.

In Hey last week, we showed you how free markets are changing lives in Cambodia. Watch our short documentary presented by the IPA’s Peter Gregory here. You can visit our new website dedicated to teaching students about the transformative power of free markets here.

Peter had this article on Tuesday in The Ethics Centre on how free markets, not the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, are the solution to poverty.

The IPA is delighted to be releasing an international edition of Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty with a contribution from Mark Steyn. You can order an autographed copy from Mark Steyn here.

The TPP deal was struck this week. The Wall Street Journal explained the 11 things you need to know about it. The White House released this video on Tuesday explaining how the TPP affects the spread of free trade. (We’ve now praised Obama twice in three weeks – that’s a bigger turnaround than Bono). 

In June, the IPA’s Chris Berg wrote in The Drum that the TPP is nothing to be afraid of.

Melbourne City Council has given $30,000 to poets, musicians and comedians to convince people to stop smoking. The IPA’s Simon Breheny wrote about it in FreedomWatch on Monday. For no monetary prize whatsoever, Hey readers are encouraged to send me a poem explaining why the plan is ridiculous.

In Hey two weeks ago, we told you how zero-tolerance policies in America’s schools led to Ahmed being arrested for making a clock. Now Reason reports that a 12 year old boy has been suspended for having a staring contest

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson gave this important speech to Cato last Thursday on why property rights are one of the most foundational human rights we have. 

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