February 9, 2017
From James Bolt
Maybe my generation isn’t terrible after all. 60% of young Australians want to start their own business:
And 66% of young Australians think cutting government spending will help the economy, while only 22% think it will hurt:
That’s from our report Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians, which we released in December.
Young Australians wanting to start their own business should follow the money and get into construction. As featured on News.com.au last week, IPA research found that construction costs in Melbourne is the second highest in the world – trailing only New York. The Project featured our report in this insightful segment on Friday, which interviewed the report’s author IPA Adjunct Fellow Gideon Rozner.
Australia needs to follow Donald Trump’s example on red tape – for every new piece of red tape introduced, two others need to be removed. Watch IPA Policy Director Simon Breheny explain how this idea would revolutionise the Australian economy on Sky News Politics HQ on Sunday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists used unverified data in a “blatant attempt to intensify the impact” of a landmark report on climate change issued just before the Paris Climate Conference in 2015. On Sunday, Dr John Bates, who led NOAA’s climate-data records program for 10 years, revealed these explosive truths in The Daily Mail.
Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos to education secretary is the major political story in America this week. Read this 1,500 word article by Nick Gillespie on Reason from Tuesday on why the issue isn’t Betsy DeVos – it’s that school choice and charter schools are on the rise in America and Democrats can’t suppress it any longer. Back in 2012, the IPA’s Peter Gregory explained in the IPA Review the many benefits of charter schools.
Fuelling the outrage at DeVos’ appointment is this fake news story against her. It is number 7 on this list The Federalist compiled on Monday of 16 fake news stories about Donald Trump and his team since the election.
It’s only February but the Greens have given us our favourite compliment of the year. Senator Nick McKim (Grn-Tas) said to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights “if the IPA and The Australian did not exist I do not think anyone would have heard of 18C“. Watch our highlights package of our Facebook Live broadcast of the IPA’s Simon Breheny and Chris Berg’s appearance at the Committee hearing in Melbourne on Tuesday last week.
This is being shared all over Facebook – you have to watch it. Former progressive Dave Rubin explains that progressives no longer support free speech, freedom of religion and equality in this fantastic new short film called ‘Why I left the Left‘ from PragerU on Monday.
Every year I take the day off to watch the Super Bowl, and this year’s was the best NFL match I have ever seen (honestly, this catch…) – but everyone at the IPA office just asks me about the ads. Here’s a list of the seven best ads and the three worst. Their pick for the worst one did more damage to the US-Australia friendship than any phone call ever could.
Article of the week:
As that Daily Mail story about the NOAA shows, science is mixing with politics to a dangerous degree. The great Matt Ridley in The Times on Monday explains why Dr John Bates’ revelations are so damaging, and why politics and science must be kept separate.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell.
One of the most compelling, and controversial, articles written in defence of Donald Trump’s candidature was the 4,200 word essay, ‘The Flight 93 Election‘ from the Claremont Review of Books in September. The article argues how the stakes of the election were nothing less than the survival of the United States and Western Civilisation itself. The essay is being revisited this week after it was revealed the pseudonymous author is now a staffer in the Trump administration.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Dr Bella d’Abrera, What #ChangeTheDate reveals about identity politics – The Spectator Australia
- Morgan Begg, Revealed: How your taxes fund the 18C fan club – The Spectator Australia
- Andrew Shearer, Trump’s artless deals will deeply disturb allies after Turnbull call – The Australian Financial Review
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