Tasmania needs Obama

November 19, 2015

From Peter Gregory

The IPA were one of 6 finalists for the Templeton Freedom Award – liberty’s ‘Nobel Prize’ – awarded in New York last Thursday. We didn’t win the $100,000 prize – the Acton Institute did for their impressive documentary movie, Poverty, Inc. View the trailer here.

One of the outstanding finalists was the Free Market Foundation in South Africa for their work helping black South Africans get property rights. Watch their inspirational video here

I talked about the importance of property rights in Cape Town’s The Cape Times last year.  

Last week we told you about the latest PC totalitarianism emerging on American college campuses. Now the Dean of Students of Claremont McKenna College in California has been forced out for PC crimes. Mark Steyn had this take last Friday and the IPA’s Chris Berg wrote this piece in The Drum on Tuesday. 

And for what must be the third time in a few weeks, we are giving Obama a pat on the back – he called the attack on free speech on American campuses a “recipe for dogmatism” last Thursday.  

I wish Obama was the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner (I never expected to write those words). The Commissioner has decided to hear the case against Archbishop Julian Porteous for the crime of disseminating Catholic teachings to Catholics. Read the IPA’s Simon Breheny’s press release here. The IPA’s Morgan Begg’s FreedomWatch post on Dominic Perrottet’s speech on the issue is here.

Read Niall Ferguson’s take on Paris in The Boston Globe on Monday. And there is this now famous 13,000-word long piece on what ISIS really wants from a few months ago in The Atlantic.

This piece in National Review on Tuesday from Kevin D. Williamson is a fascinating insight into why the GOP will win the next Presidential election. 

The IPA is hosting the launch of The Reith Papers, Peter Reith’s new book. You can register for the event in Melbourne on Thursday 26 November here

The HR Nicholls Society XXXVI Conference is on Saturday 28 November. Details and registration here.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Tax Reform Symposium featuring the IPA’s Professor Sinclair Davidson is on in Sydney tonight. Details and tickets here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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