You won’t believe what the ABC is spending your money on…

April 28, 2016

From Matthew Lesh

175 countries signed the Paris climate accord in New York on Friday. Barack Obama has said the agreement will solve the “climate crisis“.

Here’s the actual difference Paris will make, according to Bjorn Lomborg:

Bill Shorten has announced that, if elected, Labor would introduce an ETS. As the IPA’s Brett Hogan said yesterday, when Germany tried to do a similar thing their household electricity prices went up by 78 per cent.

Outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott has told us the ABC needs more money. Can you guess what their latest spending spree was? A new specially designed font, OneABC. Yes, really. At least next time they ask for more money they’ll do it with a fancier font. They even made a video about it:

Before you ask, we have submitted a freedom of information request to find out how much the new design cost. Nevertheless, we do appreciate Mark Scott’s shout out to the IPA in his outgoing interview with Fairfax.

The US president didn’t just weigh in on climate change, he also has an opinion on Brexit – he’s against it. Boris Johnson responded by stating Obama’s “part-Kenyan” heritage may have encouraged an “ancestral dislike of the British empire“. This was too much for students at King’s College London who cancelled a speech by Johnson. Senator James Paterson’s terrific speech in favour of Brexit is making headlines in the UK.

Meanwhile in Britain, a speech against the commemoration of the Holocaust was applauded by a national student union conference, where they also elected a president known for making anti-Semitic comments.

The coddling of Australian children continues. A Victorian primary school has banned hugging to “protect” kids, and a suburban council in Adelaide is looking into forbidding the use of cricket balls in cricket nets.

The Spring edition of City Journal has a terrific 6,000 word article by Myron Magnet on how Alexis de Tocqueville foresaw the end of democracy in America.

The IPA’s Generation Liberty is making waves on the global stage. IPA Campus Coordinator John Hajek was the special guest on the popular Tom Woods Show out of Topeka, Kansas. You can watch John and Simon Breheny’s fiery debate with the Socialist Alternative at the University of Melbourne here.

Tickets are still available for the IPA’s Young members’ event to launch Chris Berg’s latest book, The Libertarian Alternative. If you’re 25 or under and not already a Young member, you can sign up here.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam.

With all the talk of what might happen at the Republican Convention, it’s interesting to recall that Ronald Reagan came within 117 out of 2257 votes from winning the 1976 presidential nomination from Gerald Ford. This is an interesting article that explains what happened, and here is Reagan’s 1976 concession speech that helped make him president four years later:

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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