Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 51, No. 1, March

Black and White
MR Howard's election-night announcement that he would make Aboriginal reconciliation a priority, and his subsequent acceptance that reconciliation would also involve a formal document, holds many risks. One hopes that he has thought everything through,...
Business Tax Review: Tinkering with a Broken System
Business Tax Review: Tinkering with a Broken System THE business tax system has serious weaknesses. The hard question is: how can we fix them? Unfortunately, the Business Tax Review-the Ralph Committee-- which issued its second and most important report...
Codes of Conduct Are Good for NGOs Too
Those who seek improvement in others should remember that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. THE defensive nature of the response in the Melbourne Age ( 18 August 1998) by the Executive Director of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA)...
Deja Vu Again
Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade by Douglas A. Irwin Princeton University Press, 1996, US$16.95 When I first read Hancock's Australia, it seemed that Australia had not so much had eight full decades of federal public policy as...
From the Editor
SOME wit once remarked that the Soviet Union was the only country with an unpredictable past. Since the Soviet Union was the culmination of history (doesn't this all seem remarkably bizarre now?), the whole path of history had to, of course, support...
Knowing Our Place in the World
WHAT is the population of Jordan? With the extraordinary media coverage both in Australia and overseas devoted to King Hussein's death' in February, and with presidents past and present, and other world leaders flocking to his funeral, one might imagine...
Labor's Class of '98
More than a quarter of the Federal ALP Caucus are new members.What does this mean for the alternative government? THE October 1998 election delivered 29 new recruits to Labor's 95-member Caucus. Is it a new guard or the old one in new clothes? Of the...
Letter from London
Welfare reform? What welfare reform? TONY Blair's first action on welfare reform, immediately after the 1997 election, was to appoint Frank Field Minister of State in the Department of Social Security with special responsibility for welfare reform, telling...
Opinion Polls and Baseball Bats: What Really Went on the Queensland State Election
IT should tell astute observers much about the divided nature of modem Australia that most of the commentaries about the rise of One Nation and, indeed, almost all the latest tome on the subject (Two Nations) have been written by people outside of Queensland--...
Rational Figuring
John Wiley & Sons, 1996, 1998, 383 pages, $24.95 I was originally introduced to economics by the writings of John Kenneth Galbraith. I have come to disagree with Galbraith on many things, but his practical demonstration that the ideas of economics...
Reforming Economic Reform
It is about fairness and morality-so reformers should say so. MY host had barely accomplished the usual pleasantries when he opened what might have been a vigorous conversation with `What price economic rationalism now?' I had only started to protest...
Review: Free_Enterprise.com
A MILITARY NETWORK ... The Internet is an odd creature. A bastion of individualistic thought and creativity, its parent was the United States Government, in particular its military arm. With the Cold War seemingly in place forever, and nuclear arsenals...
Slave Labour
If we are so concerned about youth unemployment, why do we impose it? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair...We had everything...
Strange Times
PINOCHET The arrest of Senator Augusto Pinochet in Britain, to the great excitement and satisfaction of the Allende groupies in the Blair Government, has brought into focus once again how much the mainstream media has a particular brand of selective...
Tasmania's Green Disease
Going Green is a great way to end up in the red. A look at the decay of the island State. TASMANIA is chronically ill from the Green virus, and wasting away. According to the Australian Statistician, Tasmania is the only State or Territory whose population...
Tax Reform in New Zealand: The Shape of Things to Come in Australia?
New Zealand had preceded us down the path of tax reform. We can learn from its experience. OVER a decade ago, New Zealand undertook many of the tax reforms that Australia is currently contemplating. As a result, it gives us first-hand evidence of the...
The 'R' Files
Energy and the Environment: Nuclear Power in Australia THE CITY OF CHURCHES ASA MARKET FORA NUCLEAR FACILITY February of this year marked both the death of Don Dunstan and the letting of a contract by the South Australian Government for a new gas-fuelled...
Used Anglicans: The Australian Education Union and the Anglican Synod Report
It is not only when supping with the Devil that one needs a long spoon We ask members to wear a blue ribbon as a symbol of public education. It will be an important sign of our resolve to fight for the survival of public education in this country. Let...
Xenaphobia: The Great Local Content Myths
Recent agitation by Australian media pressure groups over New Zealand content on our TV screens represents a mish-mash of rancorous chauvinism, historical ignorance and double standards. THE scene: Jacobean England, circa 1610. The place: Ye Olde Worlde...