Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, October

...Americans Are from Pluto
England and America are two countries separated by a common language.-George Bernard ShawNot since the mid-1980s has it been so respectable-indeed fashionable-to hate Amer- ica. Much of the antipathy is blamed on Americans themselves and the Bush Administration...
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Australia's 13 Biggest Mistakes
Far from the wars of Old Europe, relatively immune to the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century, and endowed with ample land and resources to fit a country many times our population, Australia has had a lot going for it.However, this also means that...
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Civilisation and GIGANTIC Cubes
Civilisation and GIGANTIC cubesJason Briant reviews The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God by George Weigel (Basic Books, 2005, 202 pages)Anyone who takes an interest in foreign policy will know that the relationship between...
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Contains Cheese: Food Labelling and Healthy Eating in Australia
Every week there seems to be a new study claiming some health benefit from food and other studies telling consumers that some foods will cause cancer. The media is full of stories detailing wonder diets, the obesity epidemic, the evils of food advertising...
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Defending the Cause of Liberty during the Great Depression
In October 1929, Sir Robert Gibson, chair of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Bank (the equivalent of the modern Reserve Bank) wrote to E.G. Theodore, Treasurer in the new Federal Labor Government. In the measured words of a mandarin, Gibson...
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From the Editor
'Sprocket Man' is a superhero produced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to provide bicycle safety information. In Sprocket Man's comic we see the superhero become increasingly distressed-and oddly, disembodied-as he watches American children...
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From the Executive Director
John Gray, the British philosopher recently wrote in the New Statesman:In the history of ideas as in history as a whole, our view of the past is prone to a kind of optical illusion in which we mistake what is closest to us for the dominant feature of...
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If Only He Was the Last
If only he was the last...John Roskam reviews Arthur Tange - Last of the mandarins by Peter Edwards (Allen and Unwin, 2006, 336 pages)Australians like to think they live in a democracy and that, in de- mocracies, elected politicians determine what governments...
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In Search of Smith's Legacy
In search of Smith's legacyChris Berg reviews Adam Smith and the pursuit of perfect liberty by James Buchan (Profile Books, 2006, 288 pages)If an economic philosopher is to be judged by his sound bites, then Adam Smith's best lines come not from his...
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Letter to the Editor
Ned Kelly would have been a cool pirate, but he would have had to take off that stupid armourDear editor:I have for some time been aware of the 'curious aspect' of our national culture that Michael Evans mentions (IPA Review, July 2006) - the absence...
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Life Begins at 40; Politics Begins Well Before
Life begins at 40; politics begins well beforeTim Hickman reviews Please Just F* off, It's Our Turn Now by Ryan Heath, (Pluto, 2006, 228 pages)&The Education of a Young Liberal by John Hyde Page (MUP, 2006, 328 pages)Please Just F* Off, It's Our...
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Modern Campaigning and the Federal System
Received a newsletter from your local Federal MP lately?If you have, it was probably full of the MP's 'achievements' in delivering grants to local State schools and funding for local roads. Perhaps it also offered you the chance to complete a survey...
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Strange Times
DEAD MAN DANCINGSix 'zombies' were recently arrested in downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of carrying 'simulated weapons of mass destruction'. The six friends were dressed in tattered clothing, covered in fake blood and were carrying bags with wires...
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The Greenpeace Attack on Development in Papua New Guinea
Economic development remains an awkward and complicated goal for undeveloped nations. But one clear path towards raised living standards remains this: any nation, of whatever size or characteristics, has to be free to utilise whatever natural resources,...
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The International Labour Organisation Finally Faces Reality
Something quite dramatic occurred at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in June this year. For the first time, the peak body of world-wide labour regulators accepted that labour regulations should not interfere in commercial transactions.As...
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The Loss of the Baiji
You have probably never heard of the baiji-the graceful, grey dolphin endemic to the Yangtze River with tiny eyes and a long narrow beak. If you ever visit China, chances are you will never see one.The baiji may be extinct. A survey carried out in March...
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The Origins of American Exceptionalism
The origins of American ExceptionalismAndrew Kemp reviews Revolutionary Characters by Gordon Wood (Penguin, 2006, 304 pages)The sub-heading of Gordon Wood's latest book is 'What made the founders different'. It is a topic that has never ftilly been settled...
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The Public Transport Myth
When US journalist Lincoln Steffens returned from Russia in 1921, he famously declared 'I have seen the future and it works'. As we now know, the future that did actually work was not the socialism he admired but free enterprise and consumer sovereignty....
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What Really Happens When You Ban Smoking
Smoking bans seem to have strong public support and are being rolled out all over the world. In Australia, graphic warnings have been introduced on cigarette packaging, and many States have banned smoking on public transport and at tram, bus and train...
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Who Pays?
Political donations and democratic accountabilityThe old adage is that money is the root of all evil, and common wisdom holds that nowhere is this more true than in election campaigns. All sides of politics share a fear of governments held hostage to...
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