IPA Review

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 1, 1995

An Election Budget?
SOME sections of the Australian media hailed Ralph Willis's 1995-96 Budget as an 'election Budget'. They did so mainly on the basis that the Government estimated a surplus for 1995-96 and the following three years. Even though the estimated surplus for...
Appointing the Governor-General
A short time ago, two prominent individuals separately made suggestions touching the appointment of the next Governor-General. Sir David Smith, in a letter to the press, and Sir Zelman Cowen, during the course of a public debate, took up the Prime Minister...
Choosing a President
EVER since Prime Minister Paul Keating actively took up the republican cause there have been numerous calls for his government to provide some specific proposals as to how the Constitution would be changed. On 7 June he finally stated his government's...
Domestic Violence Survey Provokes a ROW
"{Domestic violence is} behaviour by the man, adopted to control his victim, which results in physical, sexual and/or psychological damage, forced social isolation or economic deprivation, or behaviour which leaves a woman living in fear"Office of the...
Education without Enterprise
SHOULD schools, and education in general, be used to promote a positive enterprise culture? According to the recently released Karpin Report, otherwise known as Enterprising Nation: Renewing Australia's Managers to Meet the Challenges of the Asia-Pacific...
Legislative Mumbo Jumbo
THE American State of Pennsylvania has a 'plain English' law For its own statutes, requiring an average word length of less than 1.55 syllables, an average sentence length of less than 22 words, and an average paragraph length of less than 75 words....
Obsolete Feminism
The New Victoriansby Rene DenfeldAllen & Unwin"CONSERVATIVES are not going to align themselves with me," says Rene Denfeld. Despite this warning from the author, conservatives will indeed find much common ground with Denfeld's The New Victorians.The...
Policy from the People
MOST Australians have some familiarity with the American experience of direct democracy as expressed through citizen-initiated referenda (CIR), which have become a regular feature of Federal and State elections in the United States. Less familiar is...
Rock around the Taxpayers' Clock
EVEN as we sit here there undoubtedly exists, mouldering in the innards of some Dawkins-created borstal, a PhD candidate hard at work on the doctoral thesis Rock Music Imagery As A Factor In Mid-1990s State And Federal Politics. Such a candidate will...
The AIDS Sceptics
"Experience does not ever err; it is only your judgment that errs in promising itself results which are not caused by your experiments."LEONARDO DA VINCI"Everyone who eats a tomato dies."ANONACCORDING to a Commonwealth Department of Community Services...
The Case for Mediation
FEW would quarrel with the former Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, W. Burger, when he said: "The obligation of(the legal) profession is, or has been thought to be, to serve as healers of human conflict. To fulfil our traditional obligation...
The Greenhouse Panic
IT seems to be accepted by many that 'the greenhouse effect' necessitates major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, lest dire climatic changes occur to all our detriment. The alarmist prejudices of insecure people have...
Timely Critique
The Killing of Historyby Keith WindschuttleMacleay Press, SydneyWHO would have thought that this book would have been written by old Windy? Keith Windschuttle has delivered a handsomely produced hardback decrying the influence of the fashionable literary...
Why Training Isn't Working
THE best form of social welfare any nation can deliver to its people is sustainable work. When unemployment is high, the plethora of government-funded and charitable programs directed to the poor can at best only provide a patch-up service: the real...