December 15, 2016
From Morgan Begg
The only way to “fix” section 18C is to repeal it entirely. That’s the message of the IPA’s new report, which was featured on page 2 of The Australian on Tuesday:
To read the IPA’s definitive 142-page report on section 18C, The case for the repeal of section 18C, click here.
This is the final Hey for the year. Our 20,871 subscribers have together received 935,528 emails and clicked on 173,265 links.
Here’s what you really liked in 2016:
- 1,052 of you took Charles Murray’s quiz to find out whether you live in a bubble
- 997 of you read Brendan O’Neill’s post-election piece at The Spectator explaining how sneering progressives drove voters to Trump
- And 906 of you clicked to sign Senator Cory Bernardi’s petition to reform section 18C.
But try as we might, we couldn’t convince you to click on these:
- Robert McCrum’s list at The Guardian of the 10 ways that Shakespeare changed the world – only 11 clicked on that link
- Our staff pick from May recommending people check out the book Legislating Instability, which only 13 people followed
- And Robert McCrum – again – at The Guardian on Isaiah Berlin’s book, The Hedgehog and the Fox, attracted only 14 clicks.
We know you guys don’t like The Guardian, but it’s fair to say that Robert McCrum has had a pretty tough year!
My pick of the year was Dilbert creator Scott Adams’ fantastic blog, which we introduced to Hey readers in March. Adams is still going strong – his post on the problem of non-experts and climate change science is brilliant.
One of my favourite things to see is politicians who say ‘I don’t often agree with the IPA but…’. The latest is from Labor Senator Sam Dastyari who this week got himself into trouble with colleague Doug Cameron for praising the IPA’s report, The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions.
And while I’m wrapping up the year, my favourite Doug Cameron moment in 2016 came in September when he mentioned the IPA 14 times in a 10 minute Senate speech – watch our supercut here.
The IPA is continuing to grow and with your support we will be able to make an even bigger difference to the future of Australia. I hope you will consider making a tax deductible donation to the IPA’s 2016 Christmas Appeal.
Hey will be back in February. From me and everyone at the IPA, please have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and restful New Year.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Matthew Lesh, Censorship, trigger warnings and “free speech”: The National Union of Students meets – The Spectator Australia
- Simon Breheny, Will 18C be repealed? – PVO News Day, Sky News
- Michael Husek, Young family’s aspiration held hostage by red tape – IPA Cut Red Tape Blog
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