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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 2, June

Education Agenda: How Successful Are Australian Schools?
Judged by the recently released national literacy and numeracy results, we're doing great. The benchmark tests, carried out during 2000, show that 92.5 per cent of Grade 3 students successfully reached the reading standard and that 92.7 per cent reached...
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Food Police Are at It Again in Victoria
VICTORIAN roadside food sellers and fruit and vegetable markets will soon be squeezed further by ever-increasing regulation. The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) is spearheading an initiative requiring all food businesses to submit a detailed...
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Free_enterprise.com
NEW BUSINESS vs OLD,OR THE DEATH OF MICKEY MOUSE How many times have you heard a news report on the radio about some new bit of technology, closely followed by commentators' remarks that `the law has to catch up'? Or, worse, that the law needs to anticipate...
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From the Editor
In August this year, 40,000 NGO activists will descend upon Johannesburg to attend the World Conference on Sustainable Development, ostensibly to discuss how to advance the wellbeing of people in developing nations. Unfortunately, the Conference plans...
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Globalization Is Not an Ideology
Father Piero Gheddo, of the Pontifical Institute of Foreign Missions, and author of David and Goliath: Catholics and the Challenge of Globalization (St. Paul Publications, 2001), replies to some of the questions addressed by the anti-globalization movement...
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Immigration vs Democracy
ONE of the awkward features of democracy is that some of the stakeholders in a government's decisions do not have votes. They include orphans in institutions, those suffering severe mental disability, foreign nationals, and refugees seeking asylum. It...
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Letter from America
Bush's Trade War During his 2000 Presidential campaign, George W Bush championed free trade and open markets. Yet, in 2002, he signed several highly protectionist measures passed by Congress. First, there was the imposition of higher steel tariffs by...
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Letter from London
You Can't Even Tell a Joke Political correctness is a force in the land these days. A Shadow Agriculture Minister lost her job last month for telling an ethnic joke at a rugby club dinner. You know the kind: an Englishman, a Frenchman, an American and...
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Peter Bauer: The Third World Hero
THE recent nomination of Lord Peter Bauer, the 86-- year-old, Hungarian-born British economist, for the Milton Friedman Prize for advancing liberty is good news to all those who have seen international aid as a danger to Kenya's development. He died...
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Regulating Telecommunications: Trade Practices Overkill
LORD Kelvin described the telephone as `the wonder of wonders' when it was first exhibited in 1876. Despite contemporary cynicism, we still marvel at the endlessly creative wonders of telecommunications. Telecommunications have progressed from one experimental...
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Take the Candle to the Darkest Dark First
As global citizens, is it truly more morally urgent to focus on a thousand desperate asylum-seekers here than on tens of thousands of desperate Kurds overseas? AS hatchet jobs go, it wasn't a bad effort, if belligerent bitchiness impresses you. In the...
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The Blair Files: Let's Talk
There's your founding principle of the United Nations. Of course, in its own version, the UN uses rather more words: 'To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples' etc,...
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The Four Corners of the Reef: Investigative Journalism or Environmental Activism?
ACROSS the world, coral reefs are turning into marine deserts. It's almost unthinkable that Australia's Great Barrier Reef [GBR]-the world's biggest coral edifice, 2000 kilometres long, home to 400 coral and 1500 fish species-could be headed the same...
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The French Malaise
The hard Left, the far Right and the trade unions, unlike in the English-speaking world, constitute a majority in France AFTER the surprise result of the first round of the Presidential election in France, there was a torrent of panic reminiscent of...
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The Ideological War within the West
NEARLY a year before the September 11 attacks, news stories provided a preview of the transnational politics of the future. In October 2000, in preparation for the UN Conference Against Racism, about 50 American nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) called...
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The 'R' File -- Renewable Energy: Chasing Moonbeams, Passing Wind or Basking in the Sun?
ASKING THE QUESTIONS ON CLIMATE CONTROL In relation to combating the supposed global warming trend, environmentalists are fond of saying, `If nuclear is the answer, we are asking the wrong question'. The answers favoured by the greenhouse warriors range...
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Thoughts on the Practice of Bagging Judges
POWER is seldom shared willingly and that there should be some competitive friction between the Courts and the Parliaments-both imperfect institutions-is probably inevitable. When Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock observed that the `courts are finding...
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Unselfish Capitalism
Capitalism has been criticized for centuries for its single-minded pursuit of self-interest. It is often claimed that pastoral and agrarian societies foster social co-operation and sharing, while industrial societies promote materialism and Treed. But...
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What's a Job? A Competition Con Job?
A Competition Con Job? These days, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission seems to be at war with business. The ACCC holds itself up as the champion of the oppressed consumer, firing righteous gunshot at business price-fixers and competition...
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