December 8, 2016
From James Bolt
Australia’s prison population has ballooned by 40 per cent over the past 10 years, and now costs us $3.8 billion per year. That’s from the IPA’s new report The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions.
There are better and cheaper ways of punishing non-violent offenders than prison. Here is the IPA’s opening statement to the senate hearing into white collar crime on Tuesday from Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen and here is The Australian’s reporting of the IPA’s report last Friday.
Italians have rejected the wishes of the European Union. Read this article in The Telegraph on Monday for everything you need to know about the Italian referendum. Brendan O’Neill called the vote the “latest ballot-box revolt against the new managerial elites” in this article in The Spectator on Tuesday.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key has announced he will resign after eight years in office. On Tuesday, John Roskam and Andrew Bushnell wrote in The Australian Financial Review that Key proved “it is possible to stand on principle and build widespread popular support for economic reform.”
Where is the next great invention coming from? You must read this important article in The Wall Street Journal why America is in an innovation slump.
Read Professor Augusto Zimmerman’s brilliant article on FreedomWatch on why “history will condemn Castro for the terrible destruction of a once prosperous and beautiful nation.” City Journal this week re-posted this fascinating 4,000 word article from 2014 on the Havana tourists were never allowed to see. But some of the best commentary on Castro this week came from your boy big Snoop Dogg.
Do you think To Kill A Mockingbird was a stirring anti-racism novel? Or that Huckleberry Finn was a novel decades ahead of its time on social commentary about race? Well, you’re wrong and apparently racist yourself. This week a Virginia school district banned both books for containing racial slurs.
This is your opportunity to have your say on section 18C. Click here to join the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance campaign and send your own submission directly to the senate inquiry into removing 18C.
The left are experts at corporate boycotts. But what happens when the shoe’s on the other foot? Here’s an explainer of what’s behind Breitbart’s boycott of Kellogg’s.
Article of the week
A fundamental problem with the concept of a European Union is that Europe is more successful when there is competition between nations. As Matt Ridley explains in The Australian, legal uniformity across Europe only ends up holding Europe back.
IPA Staff Pick
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Morgan Begg
Back in June I accused Niall Ferguson of selling out to the EU for his article in The Boston Globe warning against the Brexit vote. Well, I’m happy to say he’s back on the side of the angels, as Fraser Nelson explained in The Spectator on Wednesday.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- John Roskam, Democracy is not populism – Australian Financial Review
- Father James Grant, Green-left legerdemain doesn’t make religion relevant – The Spectator Australia
- John Roskam, Why we don’t need Australian of the Year – Sunrise, Channel 7
- John Roskam, Are Australians racist? – Luke Grant, 2GB
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