Don’t tell the EU about Tim Wilson

September 1, 2016

From Morgan Begg

Australia is at the wrong end of this graph. And as the IPA’s Chris Berg said in June, the ALP wants to keep us there:

Former IPA Director of Policy Tim Wilson gave his maiden speech to parliament last night, where he called for the company tax, income tax and tax on consumption to be at a flat rate of 20%.

If ever you needed another reason to support Brexit, this is it. Brussels is now arguing that taxes that are “too low” are actually a “subsidy”. You must read this devastating Wall Street Journal editorial from Tuesday on the EU’s absurd directive to the Irish government to collect €13bn in tax revenue from Apple it never wanted in the first place.

We’re getting closer to restoring free speech. In an unprecedented move, 20 senators gave their support to a motion to introduce Senator Cory Bernardi’s private members bill to remove “offend” and “insult” from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Even Senator Nick Xenophon has called for an inquiry into 18C – read our media release here.

John Roskam wrote in his Australian Financial Review column on Friday that if a country is to be judged by the quality of its roads rather than its commitment to freedom, then we are no different to North Korea. HR Nicholls Society executive director John Slater wrote an excellent article in this week’s Spectator Australia on why entrusting the legal system to arbitrate hurt feelings sets society backwards.

The IPA’s Simon Breheny sat down with Spiked editor Brendan O’Neill to discuss section 18C and what must be done to protect freedom of speech in Australia. Watch the 6 minute clip here:

The federal Liberal party is not alone in struggling with liberal values. As Gregory Melleuish, associate professor at the University of Wollongong and friend of the IPA, explained in a great piece for The Conversation on Tuesday, the greyhound racing ban and local council amalgamations are completely illiberal. Professor Melleuish was also the author of the IPA’s 2012 book Is the West Special? World History and Western Civilisation.

Parliament is only a few days old, and the IPA is already dominating national debate. ALP Senator Doug Cameron credited the IPA for its commitment to economic freedom – see the Hansard transcript here, and watch the compilation of all 14 times he mentioned us in his 10 minute speech.

In his 1961 book An Experiment in Criticism, CS Lewis attempted to answer the question “what makes a great book”. Brenton Dickieson has collected every literary reference from Lewis’ Experiment to create the ultimate reading list for those interested in preserving Western traditions that are in danger of being forgotten.

Scott Alexander at Slate Star Codex on Monday wrote a brilliant rebuttal to calls for the heavily regulated US pharmaceutical industry to be even more regulated. Last year, the IPA’s Mikayla Novak wrote in the Canberra Times how regulations in Australian mean we are paying more for generic drugs than our New Zealand and British counterparts.

The National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition “Degas: A New Vision“, a comprehensive collection of works by French “impressionist” sculptor and painter Edgar Degas, ends this month. The IPA’s Bella d’Abrera commented on Generation Liberty that Degas actually rejected impressionism, and was hostile to the leftism of his bohemian colleagues.

Generation Liberty is running a writing competition, asking entrants to explain in 250 words “Why is free speech important?“. The winner will win $200 and all submissions received before 10 September will win a copy of Richard Allsop’s 2014 book, Liberalism: A Short History. Enter here.

Article of the week

After the University of Chicago told new students not to expect any “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” in this fantastic letter, UoC President Robert Zimmer penned this excellent piece for the Wall Street Journal on Friday, explaining why free speech and being exposed to uncomfortable ideas is so important to receiving a true education.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell

Literature isn’t taught properly anymore. As Gary Saul Morson explains in this excellent 4,500 word article at Commentary Magazine, great works like Huckleberry Finn and Anna Karenina are being subjected to a political programme of deconstruction and anachronistic moral judgements, and being treated as mere documentary evidence of earlier, less enlightened times.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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