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.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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