Lucky Bill Leak didn’t draw a cartoon of a canoe

November 3, 2016

From Morgan Begg

The case against cartoonist Bill Leak shows everything that’s wrong with section 18C. Watch the IPA’s new video about the case:

18c IPA Video

The Australian featured two excellent pieces on the Leak case and 18C on Wednesday: IPA board member Janet Albrechtsen on the “cult of taking offence” stifling freedom of expression, and Indigenous commentator Kerryn Pholi wrote how insulting it is that public servants need to deal with offensive pictures on her behalf, and that 18C was an “unjust, spiteful, wasteful and foolish” law.

Australia’s debt is $30.9billion more than was forecast by the government in late 2015. That’s from the Parliamentary Budget Office’s National Fiscal Outlook, published on Wednesday, which estimated that net debt will surge to $428.5 billion – or 22.6% of GDP – by 2018-19:

IPA Graph

Time published on Monday an article that literally everyone else would be too embarrassed to publish: The argument that the FBI’s investigations into Hillary Clinton is “an attack on women“. As Victor Davis Hanson explained at National Review on Tuesday, the Clintons have brought this on themselves with their Aristotelian greed and lust for power.

By this time next week, the US will have elected a new President: In March, I agreed with Dilbert creator Scott Adams who said Trump would win – and I stand by it. On Wednesday, Adams scored the two campaigns for their persuasion techniques, concluding Trump will win “in a landslide”.

Have we finally hit peak campus stupidity? A professor at the University of Victoria in Canada claimed that canoes are racist and can be a symbol of genocide. At the University of Redlands in California, student efforts to hold a funeral for Halloween as a protest against political correctness were blocked because other students could find the event triggering. So, no chance for a funeral for the funeral then?

Check out this hilarious list of headlines from the past decade about the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predictions of major hurricane seasons – none of which came true. It’s just another example of fear-mongering, as Jennifer Marohasy writes in this article at her blog about “remodelled” CSIRO/BoM data.

With data manipulation like this going on, is it any wonder that a recent UN poll of people around the world found that climate change was the least of their concerns? If you want to contribute to us talking about the facts of climate change, you can donate to the IPA’s upcoming book, Climate Change: The Facts 2017, featuring contributions from Clive James, Matt Ridley and Bjørn Lomborg.

Canadian climatologist Dr Tim Ball and author of the new book The Biggest Deception in History will be speaking at the Australian Environment Foundation’s inaugural Robert Carter Commemorative Lecture at CQ Functions, 113 Queen St, Melbourne, at 5:30pm for 6pm on 9 November. The entry fee is $25 and is payable at the door.

Article of the week

If “populism” is the new credo of the Republican Party in the US, what does that even mean? Joseph Salerno’s article at Mises Wire is an important reminder that populism is not an ideology, but for libertarians should be celebrated, as an effective strategy for rolling back the welfare state.

IPA Staff Pick

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

The High Court is enormously powerful, yet it receives little scrutiny and its members would be unknown to most Australians. With Chief Justice Robert French due to retire early next year, it is time for the Government to consider his replacement – and a good start would be to consider the work of originalist US Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas, whose commitment to the cause of liberty has not wavered over 25 years on the bench.

In October, Justice Thomas sat down with Bill Kristol to reflect on the US Supreme Court and his approach to the law:

IPA Video

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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