The census should have a section on the Nanny State

August 4, 2016

From James Bolt

What will Obama’s legacy be? Here’s one answer from Zero Hedge – he’s the only President in American history to never have a year of 3% GDP growth:

Depressingly, Trump has promised to spend more than half a trillion dollars on infrastructure and Clinton promised in her DNC speech that she would oversee the “biggest investment in new, good paying jobs since World War II“.

New IPA report Have Australia’s Red Tape Reduction Programs Worked? by Dr Mikayla Novak has found that 10 years of red tape reduction policies have done nothing to ease Australia’s red tape burden. IPA research has found that red tape costs the Australian economy $176b per year. The Australian covered the report this morning.

The ABS has been hacked 14 times since 2013, and IBM says a hack of our census is “inevitable“, but still the ABS tells us not to worry! In March, the IPA’s Chris Berg wrote in The Drum that “there is no such thing as 100 per cent safely secured information”.

Some things never change. In 1986, Ian Spry QC wrote in the IPA Review that Bob Hawke’s Australia Card would give complete dossiers on all Australians to the government.

IPA members Senator Bob Day (Family First, SA) and Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP, NSW) have been re-elected to the Senate. Both Senator Day and Senator Leyonhjelm are two of the over a dozen senators committed to repealing section 18C. The IPA will be well represented in the Senate – watch returning Senator James Paterson explain on Sky News on Wednesday why we shouldn’t have a Treaty.

Bathurst Sportsground in NSW have been told by the council to stop selling sausages at junior footy events due to public health concerns. This is exactly what happened to 11-year-old Chelsea-lee Downes who tried to start a lemonade stand in Western Australia but was shut down by the council before she even got a chance to sell anything. John Roskam wrote about this in 2015.

We’ve also told you how comedians in the United States now won’t perform on college campuses because of political correctness. This week Reason released their feature-length documentary filmCan We Take A Joke?, which is now available to download here.

Stand-up comedy has always fought back against political correctness. Read this great article from Doug Linder of the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2003 on how 1950s comedian Lenny Bruce used to perform while police were on hand to arrest him for being obscene.

This week’s long read is from the latest edition of Standpoint. It’s a 5,700 word essay from a speech delivered by its founding editor Daniel Johnson in Jerusalem on why the West and its ideas will prevail.

Our friends at The Spectator Australia have opened submissions for the prestigious Thawley Prize. The winning essay on the topic of ‘Australia in 10 years time’ receives a prize of $5,000.

The 2016 Annual Conference of the Samuel Griffith Society is in Adelaide next weekend – 12-14 August. The brilliant line up of speakers includes the Chief Justice of the High Court Robert French AC, the Hon. Ian Callinan AC, Brendan O’Neill, Margaret Cunneen SC, Professor James Allan, and the IPA’s John Roskam. Tony Abbott is the special guest speaker at the Friday night dinner on the topic – ‘Our present discontents’. Book for the dinner or the whole conference here.

Article of the week

The great Matt Ridley explains in The Times on Sunday on why anyone can predict the future with more success than those who call themselves experts on it.

IPA Staff Pick

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

In July, the fantastic PragerU released this must-see video – already with nearly 600,000 views – explaining why the old argument “97% of climate scientists agree that me” is completely wrong.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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