IPA Review

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 3, 1995

A Nice Drop on the Rise
OTHER primary industries have attempted--and often failed at--large-scale downstream processing, but the wine industry has triumphed due to a rare combination of commercial initiative, research and innovation in both processing and growing, and so far...
A Personal Touch
Elisabeth Murdoch, Two Lives. by John Monks MacMillan, AustraliaDAME ELISABETH Murdoch speaks of her 'two lives'. The first is of youth: prior to her marriage to Keith Murdoch and their years together. The second is of age, following his death in 1952....
Boom & Bust
THE national accounts published on 30 November reveal an economy growing at the rapid rate of 1.3 per cent in real terms in the September quarter and, perhaps more meaningfully, at a rate of 6.4 per cent over the past 12 months. On the face of it, that...
Conservatives Converted
Thinking the Unthinkable by Richard Cockett HarperCollinsTHIS IS the tale of how Britain, or more precisely the ruling faction in the Conservative Party, was converted from collectivism to economic liberalism between the 1930s and 1980s. The unthinkable...
Consultation & the Capture of Government
IT seems no longer possible for an Australian government to take an uncompromised decision on any matter of moment; a decision which is not diluted, adulterated or otherwise impaired by negotiation. And this despite the fact that the taking of just such...
Do We Need an Imported Bill of Rights?
IN 1973 and 1986 the Federal Government of the day introduced but abandoned a Human Rights Bill based on the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It now seems likely that there will be an implementation of bits and pieces...
Health Insurance in Need of a Remedy
RECENT announcements by the Federal Minister for Health, Dr Carmen Lawrence, foreshadow still further changes to the Australian health-delivery and health-insurance systems.Politicians from both sides of the fence in Australia have long shown little...
Keynes & the Lure of Soviet Communism
JUST as the true boundaries of the 18th century are said to extend from 1688 to 1789, and those of the 19th century from 1815 to 1914, so future historians may nominate 1914 and 1991 as the opening and close of the 20th century. That interval has a unity...
Moore Economics
THE 1993-94 annual report of the Industry Commission (IC), which runs to a massive 416 pages, devotes a chapter and three appendices to the economic implications of existing Federal-State arrangements. The Commission does not directly pursue the standard...
No Ticket No Research
WORKSAFE Australia is an arm of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, set up under the Occupational Health and Safety Commission Act 1985. Its role is to enhance health and safety in the workplace. Entailed in that role is the allocation...
Symbols & Sounding Brass
DR Johnson, I think, commented to the effect that it was difficult to express a preference between a flea and a louse. Similar difficulties arise when considering the Government's recently-released Creative Nation and the Opposition's 1994 policy statement,...
The Forgotten Children
IS the nuclear family still the norm in our society? Is it ideal in some sense and, if so, would it follow that sole parents and their children must be deemed to be members of deficient families? Is it okay for homosexual couples to form families, either...
The Great Leader
GREAT leaders, like interesting times, are a curse, from which Australia has been not entirely spared. Great leaders are men of vision, who set out to transform their countries to conform with their idea.Most leaders profess to be idealists. Most, fortunately,...
Troubled Waters at CSIRO
LAST September the Chief Executive Officer of CSIRO, Dr John Stocker, announced that he would not be taking up an offer of a second five-year term as head of Australia's scientific flagship. He joined in 1990 and soon won the hearts and minds of the...
Unbreakable China
China: The Next Economic Superpower by William H. Overholt Weidenfeld & NicholsonTHERE ARE 18,000 Avon ladies successfully selling Western-style cosmetics door-to-door in China's Guangdong province. According to this relentlessly upbeat book, the...
What They Don't Teach You in Australian History Class
The Australian Nation: Its British and Irish Roots by Geoffrey Partington Australian Scholarly PublishingAT LAST those Australians whom banana-republicanism leaves sick with fear have begun to observe that, barring for the nonce a total Rwanda-type hell,...
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