Bigger schnitzels, less spending

July 28, 2016

From Matthew Lesh

Australia’s government debt is growing because of increasing government spending – not general economic conditions. A new report from the former head of the IMF’s budget division has found that the Australian government has been performing worse than any other advanced G20 country:

This makes our debt control the worst in the G20, as Adam Creighton wrote in The Australian on Wednesday.

The IPA’s Daniel Wild hit out at red tape in the Daily Telegraph on Monday – it takes 847 hours and up to almost $10,000 to become a hairdresser in NSW.

Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for the US presidency by the Democratic Party last night. Oren Cass writes in City Journal her policies reflect the worst of modern identity politics. Despite Clinton and Donald Trump being equally unpopular, statistician Nate Silver is predicting a Donald Trump presidency if an election were held today.

Marketing expert Mike Hind outlines on LinkedIn why the anti-Brexit campaign lost – they used inferior language, failed on presentation and lacked a communications strategy.

This is not a joke — Adelaide City Council is considering regulating the size of schnitzels. No wonder South Australia is on track to become the nation’s worst performing economy.

Here’s a great article to send to a stubborn lefty friend – economic freedom is raising incomes, alleviating poverty and increasing life-expectancy in Africa.

Being on the opposite side to Oliver Stone means I must be doing something right! Stone thinks Pokémon Go is “totalitarianism“. A few weeks ago I wrote that Pokémon Go is good for humanity.

This week’s long read is an 8,400 word piece in The Atlantic by Jonathan Rauch, who outlines how and why American politics has fallen into chaos, and controversially argues for a return of the establishment to strengthen political institutions and policy-making.

If you’re young and in Perth next Thursday join me and Simon Breheny for a chat about threats to our essential liberty, freedom of speech – click here to RSVP.

Article of the week

Last Friday billionaire libertarian Charles Koch wrote this fantastic piece in The Wall Street Journal arguing that the best way to improve lives is to have a free and open society.

IPA Staff Pick

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

American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks explains in this insightful 8 minute video why not eating your pet dog helps us understand the moral case for economic freedom. You absolutely have to watch it:

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The only Trump endorsement you need

July 21, 2016

From Morgan Begg

New research from the McKinsey Global Institute released this month helps to explain Brexit and the rise of Trump. In its analysis of 25 advanced economies, including Australia, the MGI found that:

This is why it is so important to tackle Australia’s $176bn of red tape to unleash prosperity. Visit the IPA’s new Cut Red Tape Project website to find out more.

This is what happens when wind farms power your economy:


Energy prices have skyrocketed in South Australia, after the state government pushed so hard for unreliable wind power. As Judith Sloan wrote in The Australian on Tuesday, this goes to the heart of the folly of renewables.

When the legendary Dr Arthur Laffer says Trump will win in a “Reagan-like landslide” this election, you should listen. You can watch the address on the Lessons from the Reagan Revolution Dr Laffer gave to the IPA in Melbourne in 2015.

The long read this week is a fascinating 4,600 word piece in The American Interest this month from moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, which examines when and why nationalism beats globalism.

Our Sydney launch of Andrew Bolt’s new book – Worth Fighting For – last Friday was a hit! If you weren’t one of the more than 400 attendees, you can watch the video on the A-Pac site, featuring Andrew, John Roskam, Janet Albrechtsen and Rowan Dean:

Article of the week

The fantastic Matt Ridley in The Times on Monday details how government intervention worsens inequality and entrenches wealth and privilege.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Brett Hogan 

In this 1992 article from Jonathan Rauch, which first coined the term “demosclerosis“, he describes the “inevitable process as democracies age” which eventually leads to government smothering adaptation, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is just as powerful and relevant now as it was 24 years ago.

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Gotta catch ’em all

July 14, 2016

From James Bolt

Young Australians are entrepreneurial. That’s one of the main findings from our forthcoming reportGrowing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians:

Young people want to start their own business, but will they be able to? In March, we showed how red tape is ensuring that the rate of new businesses starting in Australia continues falling:

You can read our report on what falling business rates mean for Australia here. In December last year, John Roskam explained how Australia’s red tape problem is so bad that kids can’t even run lemonade stands anymore.

The great Wolfgang Kasper has just released The Role of Entrepreneurs and Government in Australia, a tour de force analysis on what needs to happen to secure Australia’s future prosperity.

On Wednesday, The Telegraph in the UK published this profile of Theresa May, the next Prime Minister of Great Britain. They also called her the next Iron Lady. Spiked aren’t convinced, publishing this article on Monday saying she is “a grave threat to freedom“. This is why Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the race, leaving May as the only remaining candidate.

Today in the Herald Sun, the IPA’s Georgina Downer outlined the challenges Theresa May will face as PM, and how she can meet them.

On Tuesday Peter Kurdi from the Centre for Independent Studies released The Democratic Deficit: How Minority Fundamentalism Threatens Liberty in Australia, an important paper on how freedom of speech is being shut down in the name of equality. Miranda Devine covered the report in her article about how ideological fanaticism shut down the NSW greyhound racing industry.

I’m impressed you’ve made it this far in the email without reopening Pokémon Go! The app is sweeping the world, and the IPA’s Matthew Lesh wrote in the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday that Pokémon Go is making more people fit than the Nanny State ever could.

But that hasn’t stopped Nanny Staters from trying to shut Pokémon Go down – Reason published this roundup of all the Nanny State panic the game has caused.

Standpoint this week published a 3,600 word article on how the upcoming US election has the chance to bring libertarianism into the mainstream. The Libertarian Party released this great ad for their US Presidential campaign last month.

And to end Hey on a positive – for the first time in world history, less than 10% of people are living in extreme poverty.

Article of the week

The great Dan Hannan – who was a guest of the IPA in 2012 – nails the issue in this brilliant piece for The Washington Examiner on Monday exposing the divide between “The Working Classes v The Smirking Classes“.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Matthew Lesh

While Boris Johnson’s The Churchill Factor explores the life and career of the legendary Winston Churchill, it also highlights the similarities between Churchill and Johnson: both spectacular orators, prolific writers, and Conservatives widely considered lightweights.

After becoming Britain’s Foreign Secretary overnight, the question for Johnson is: where do the similarities end? Checkout this presentation by Johnson to the Churchill Centre on his book:

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The future is bright

July 7, 2016

From Matthew Lesh | Thursday, 7 July 2016

A majority of young Australians believe cutting taxes would help the economy, according to the IPA’s forthcoming report Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians:

So why did every major party go to the election proposing tax increases?

John Roskam wrote in the Australian Financial Review on Monday that the proposed superannuation tax grab was bad policy and bad politics. The IPA’s Simon Breheny said in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday that the Coalition lacked a real plan to cut taxes, reduce spending and grow the economy. The IPA’s Chris Berg wrote in The Drum on Tuesday that Turnbull went off track on budget night.

With the possibility of a hung parliament on the cards, the IPA’s Mikayla Novak has called for the Parliamentary Budget Office to scrutinise concessions to crossbenchers to ensure we don’t lose our triple-A credit rating – losing that would cost $1 billion a year in increased interest payments.

Is there a connection between the rise of Trump and Brexit? Ross Douthat said there is in the New York Times on Saturday. Joel Kotkin wrote on the Daily Beast on Sunday that the world is rebelling against ‘experts’. Maurice Newman argues in The Australian today that people are fed up with the system.

The Guardian has an interesting 6,000 word long read on why the Remain campaign lost the Brexit vote.

The race to find David Cameron’s successor is heating up – here’s how it works. Last week our resident King Midas Morgan Begg said he wanted Boris Johnson to win only for Boris to pull out a few hours later. The Telegraph explained why this happened on Friday.

Meanwhile, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, fresh from the news that three-quarters of his MPs want him gone, has sparked an anti-Semitism row by comparing Israel to ISIS… at Labour’s anti-Semitism inquiry.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has resigned, announcing that now he’s got his country back, he wants his life back. James Delingpole calls Farage the greatest British politician since Margaret Thatcher. Check out IJReview‘s 29 photos that prove Farage is the most British man to ever live.

Melbourne fast-food chain Mr Burger was threatened with legal action by the Victorian government for offering to give free burgers for life to any person who legally changes their surname to Burger. Meanwhile, over 100 Nobel laureates have signed a letter urging Greenpeace to end its opposition to genetically modified food. The IPA’s Jennifer Marohasy wrote in 2004 about the benefits of GM foods.

Police were called to a New Jersey elementary school after a student made a harmless ‘brownies’ remark. Even a Young Labor national executive member, Guy Wilcock, writes that political correctness is insidiously evil and downright destructive on the IPA’s Generation Liberty blog.

We may have reached peak hipster. A fashion profile in the Sunday Age has gone viral after a 24-year-old Melbourne man described his style as “bucolic socialist with improvised elements (like jazz)”. I think this may be exactly what Johnny Oleksinski was talking about when he wrote “I’m a millennial and my generation sucks” in the New York Post on Monday.

Holocaust survivor, humanitarian and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel died aged 87 on the weekend. Wiesel wrote Night, his personal story of loss of faith in humanity as he watches his father die in a Nazi concentration camp. Wiesel spent the rest of his life speaking out for deprived and disenfranchised, writes Stefan Kanfer in City Journal. Alan Dershowitz also pays tribute to humanity’s teacher.

Tickets are still available for the launch of Andrew Bolt’s new book in Sydney (15 July) and Melbourne (22 July) that we are hosting with The Spectator Australia. We are also hosting an Adelaide event on 29 July with the Conservative Leadership Foundation.

Article of the week

Nicolò Bragazza argued in CapX on Wednesday that Brexit wasn’t about populism – it was actually a rejection of French-style continental bureaucracy in favour of British law and liberty.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Nick Religa

I’ve been reading The Histories by Polybius, the Ancient Greek historian, which covers the rise of the Roman Republic. The Histories is remembered for its in-depth analysis of the Roman Republic’s constitution, and how the resulting make-up of the Republic’s government enabled it to respond swiftly and competently to the shifting geopolitical circumstances of the day, whilst still regarding the will of its people.

It is a great read for those who wish to explore the origins of modern-day governance. For a taste, watch Brian MgGing of Trinity College in Dublin introduce The Histories here.

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