Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 52, No. 2, July

Can Genetically Engineered Crops Feed a Hungry World?
FOOD companies thinking about banning genetically modified grain from their products should consider what happened to Frito-Lay when the company decided to cave in to anti-biotech activists, who have nothing but fear-mongering and pseudo-science to support...
Cultural Wars
Missing the Message on Mandatory Sentencing The continuing outcry over Western Australian and Northern Territory laws on mandatory imprisonment typifies the sad state of debate about public policy in this country. Reasoned discussion invariably takes...
Education Agenda
Size Doesn't Matter Is spending more money the best way to improve educational outcomes and to raise standards? If one accepts the claims of the Victorian Labor Government, the federal opposition and their trade union ally, the Australian Education Union...
Free_Enterprise.com
WELFARE REFORM Though few realized it at the time, the welfare state was doomed from its beginnings. The reasons were twofold. First, it established a de facto `principle' that, through government, there is such a thing as a free lunch ... and that lunch...
From the Editor: Welfare Reform
Welfare Reform THE Howard Government has embarked on another most important journeythe reform of the welfare state. Because the welfare system is unsustainable, the need for reform, as outlined by Michael Warby (Making Welfare Sustainable, page 13),...
Further Afield
THE COUNTRY CLUB VOTE The Economist (20 May 2000) tells us that never in the history of human wealth-creation has so much been pocketed so quickly by so many. The United States now boasts 300 billionaires and 5 million millionaires, with Silicon Valley...
'It's Deja Vu All over Again': Behind the Eye's Collapse
NO-ONE who chooses the heartbreaking, bank-manager-defying, ulcer-inducing, addictive task of creating a periodical gloats over rivals' flops. To such a person, a variant of Donne's aphorism applies: `Every magazine's death diminishes me.' And yet to...
Letter from London: Smoke, Mirrors and Artificial Limbs
Suppose you're a government spending $30 billion a year on drains and sewers. You decide to increase spending by $1 billion per year for three years, starting next financial year. What do you tell the voters? You can play it straight, or you can play...
Letter on America: Globalphobia in America
THE USA portrays itself as promoting an open, global, free trading system. Both Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore proclaim themselves free trade internationalists. A major coalition of interests opposed to globalization, however, threatens...
Making Welfare Sustainable
THERE is nothing mysterious about what is driving welfare reform. The general trends are easily identifiable from budget papers and national account data-the IPA Backgrounder From Workfare State to Transfer States sets them out. The welfare state, and...
Multicultural Blues
Multicultural Blues Michael James reviews After Multiculturalism by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown The Foreign Policy Centre, London, 2000; ISBN: 0-9535598-8-2, 88 + x pages, L9.95 Multiculturalism has never achieved the same currency and salience in Britain as...
Reconciliation: Where to Now?
THE debate on reconciliation in recent months has left many thoughtful Australians aghast. How is it that we can have a relatively intelligent public debate on taxation or economics or foreign policy or social security reform, but when it comes to indigenous...
Strange Times
Compiled by IPA staff, columnists and consultants ... HEALTH FASCISM AND TAXES The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is pushing policymakers to take nutritionists' war on fat one step further. Health advocates at CSPI are urging that soft...
The Dangers of Secret Treaty-Making: The Biosafety Protocol as a Case Study
OF all the public processes involving government, treaty-making and the treaty process are perhaps the most open to abuse because they are usually hidden from public view. This problem is of utmost importance, because the implications of international...
The 'R' Files: Regulation of Childcare Services
DEVELOPMENTS IN PROVISION AND COSTS OF CHILDCARE Over the past dozen years, there have been three very significant directional changes in the provision of childcare. The first of these has been a shift to have the Government pay a greater share of costs....
The Stolen Generations
THE transnational human rights industry appears to be setting up Australia as the next international white pariah, the South Africa of the new century. As we approach the Sydney Olympic Games in September, with the possibility of Aboriginal demonstrations...
The Third and Fourth Ways
THE Third Way: new public policy in a global economy, new thinking, new demands on old political parties, and all of the rest of the hyperbole raises the thought that, if there is a third way, then there must be a fourth. The two-party system dominates...
Two Chinas? Why Not More?
AS every worldly wise Australian knows, over the last 60 years our international relations have moved through four broad stages: distant British nephew, remote American cousin, then the 1980s and 1990s as the uncle eagerly strived to be accepted as `Asian'....
Welfare Reform
THE dismantling of the Commonwealth Employment Service and the reconstruction of government employment services around the contractual undertakings of the Job Network represent an initial phase of a revolution in welfare service delivery in Australia....
Welfare: The Next Frontier
JOHN Howard is a leader (tax) and a policy wimp (digital TV) by turns. Nevertheless, there is more reform in him than is sometimes credited. His `social coalition', somewhat in abeyance while the GST beds down, is an attempt to change attitudes to dependency...