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Articles from Vol. 60, No. 2, May

A Hatchet Job and the Holocaust
A hatchet job and the HolocaustDespite Irene Nemirovsky, author of Suite Francaise, having died in Auschwitz, the left have turned her into a self-hating Jew.Nemirovsky had been arrested in France in 1942, being a foreign Jew, and deported to Auschwitz...
Australian History's Forgotten Capitalists
Australian history's forgotten capitalists Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy by Peter Cochrane (Melbourne University Press, 2006, 600 pages)John Roskam reviewsMelbourne University's strategy for marketing Peter Cochrane's Colonial...
Baby Bonus Rise Bad for Babies
Social policySometimes a policy is so irredeemably bad that nothing short of abolition is the appropriate course. Unfortunately, sometimes the awful policy is a political superstar, beloved by all but the worst curmudgeon. The baby bonus is such a policy.Set...
Breaking through Medical Myths
Lifting the veil of health 'stakeholders'Earlier this year, the new Minister for Health referred to the need to 'rebuild health services after the last decade of neglect' as only 73.4 per cent of all Medicare services were being bulk-billed. Apparently,...
Budget Holidays Matter, of Course
Canberra local politics barely registers outside the ACT, but Liberals around the country may be taught some rude realpolitik by a group of local party dissidents.While Western Australia could go to the polls from late June, the next scheduled election...
Can Government Be Restrained?
Making the state small is a huge taskThe 2007 election illustrated clearly how at both the federal and state levels the Labor Party has moved further away from socialism towards the centre of the political stream. In that sense the coalition parties...
Can Regulation Be Reduced?
Numerically, Australia now has more regulations than at any time since federation. If we are to pare back government interference in the economy, we need to attack more than just the national income share of government, but also the regulatory web which...
Can We Starve the Government Beast?
'This reckless spending has got to stop". With those words Kevin Rudd out-flanked John Howard's economic policy from the right. Australia's traditional centre-left party won the 2007 election with smaller government rhetoric than the traditional centre-right...
Castro's Retirement Brings out the Narcissism of the Western Left
After half a century in power Fidel Castro resigned in March this year. The opportunity for Cubans to get the political, social and economic freedom they desperately need has never been greater.But who cares? Certainly not the left wing media. Castro's...
Fear of School Profit Holding Quality Back
EducationIn Australia, schools are operated either by the government or by not-for-profit private organisations. It is prohibited to run a school to make a financial profit.In the United States there is no such prohibition. And a recent study published...
From the Editor
Seriously? Australian diplomatic strategy was unable to endure the withering onslaught of four disapproving columnists?It's always interesting to see how newly elected leaders respond to stimuli. And Kevin Rudd gave a dear indication of his tolerance...
From the Executive Director
Kevin Rudd might have learned a thing or two from Louis XIV. The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648-1815 is a magisterial new history by Tim Blanning, Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge. In The Pursuit of Glory, Blanning examines...
'God Is Love': The Politics of Bills of Rights
'God is love': the politics of bills of rights Bills of Rights and Decolonization by Charles O.H. Parkinson (Oxford University Press, 2007, 299 pages)Eddy Gisonda reviewsIn 1988, Sir Anthony Mason stood before the Bicentennial Conference of the Australian...
How Many Football Teams Should There Be?
Football economicsCompetition is good for consumers-it leads to lower prices and better quality, with less efficient firms exiting the industry. Sports, apparently, are an exception to that rule. Consumers are better off when teams compete on the playing...
How the Left Made Sport the New Battlefield in the Culture Wars
Anybody who thought the election of the Rudd government meant the end of the culture wars was not looking closely enough at the summers cricket.While many in the community had strong views about the rights and wrongs of the behaviour of both the Australian...
John Stuart Mill's Odd Combination: Philosopher Kings & Laissez Faire
John Stuart Mill's odd combination: philosopher kings & laissez faire John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand by Richard Reeves (Reeves Atlantic Books, 2007, 616 pages)Andrew Kemp reviewsTo many, John Stuart Mill was the greatest 'public intellectual'...
Kevin Rudd's Asia Hypocrisy
Contrast and compare the grandstanding of the Rudd government over Japanese whaling to its relative quiescence on the human rights crackdown in Tibet.Consider it from the viewpoint of Tokyo, and you begin to understand why there might be rising anxiety,...
Labor Flirting with Neo-Protectionism in Trade Policy
Free tradeIt is only early days, but the Rudd government's pro-growth reform credentials are already being put to the test. Since the 1980s, both major parties have favoured free trade. At the last federal election, then Shadow, now Minister for Trade,...
Microtrends May Be Small, but That Doesn't Mean They Are Important
Microtrends may be small, but that doesn't mean they are important Microtrends: The small forces behind today's big changes by Mark J Penn with E Kinney Zalesne (Penguin, 2007, 448 pages)Tim Wilson reviewsOn January 20, 2009 it will be clear whether...
Misbehaving Models and Missing Mammals
Misbehaving models and missing mammals Science and Public Policy: The Virtuous Corruption of Virtual Environmental Science by Aynsley Kellow (Edward Elgar, 2007, 218 pages)Jennifer Marohasy reviewsIn 2000 the International Union for the Conservation...
News Flash: War Exciting, Federation Dull
News flash: war exciting, federation dull History's children: History wars in the classroom by Anna Clark (University of New South Wales Press, 2008, 178 pages)Richard Allsop reviewsThis would be an easy book to ridicule. Manning dark's granddaughter...
Parking beyond the Pale of Planners
Urban transportIt took a car users group to blow the whistle on the stupidity of public transport planners restricting the potential growth in public transport.A recent NRMA report found that a critical shortage of commuter car parking at railway stations...
Reflections on the 'Howard Project'
John Howard's former speechwriter on the successes and failures of the Howard messageDid John Howard have a specific Vision' for Australia during the eleven and a half years he was Prime Minister?I would say: 'No'. For those who believe that governments...
Rudd's Summit Misses the Point of Policy
Kevin Rudd's government was inspired early into its term to call upon Australia's One-thousand most intelligent people' to nominate themselves to be invited to a talkfest in Canberra to harvest ideas. Leading opposition politicians quickly approved.The...
Strange Times
Ground breaking gay rightsAn Israeli politician, of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Shas party has blamed a recent stint of earthquakes on parliament's passing of legislation concerning homosexuals. The politician claims that earthquakes could be simply avoided...
The Left Needs to Get Social Capital Right, Read IPA Review
'Social capital' is the most important social theory idea over the past two decades. In opposition and now in government, the federal Labor Party has spent a lot of time talking about social capital.Labor believes that social capital is created by government,...
The Republic: Has Labor Got the Perfect Wedge?
Liberal Party politicians probably only have two or three years to decide what to do about the republic issue before the federal government puts it firmly on the agenda. If they want to avoid being completely alienated from their support base, they will...
Voting for the Leader Is Next Step for Liberal Reform
In 2007, the Australian Labor Party successfully created a narrative that the Howard government had lost touch with working Australians. Issues such as climate change and industrial relations reinforced this narrative. During the campaign, this perception...
Why Smart People Believe Stupid Things
In February this year I organised a colloquium on what we called 'Weird History'. It focused on some of the strange and downright preposterous versions of history that are currently floating around. These included Gavin Menzies' fiction masquerading...