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Articles from Vol. 58, No. 2, July

Academics Keep Left
Last August, Treasurer Peter Costello sparked outrage by suggesting that Australia's high school history teachers peddled anti-American sentiment. In a subsequent interview with John Laws, he pointed to a left-wing bias in our universities, commenting...
Against Scientific Nationalism
Against Scientific Nationalism Tom Quirk reviews The Australian Miracle by Thomas Barlow (Picador Australia, 2006, 288 pages)One of the canards of Australian industry policy that survived the dismantling of the protectionist policies of the mid-twentieth...
Bureaucratic Ego and Aboriginal Unemployment
In the 1970s, the Australian band Skyhooks was riding high in the charts and few could forget their classic hit 'Ego Is Not A Dirty Word'. This is not the case in Aboriginal policy in Australia.Wave after wave of non-Indigenous bureaucrats and politicians...
From the Editor
Mariah Carey never said this:When I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean, I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.It was lifted from a satirical Web publication...
From the Executive Director: Putting Plato into Practice
There's a big difference between governments giving people what people actually want, and governments giving people what governments believe people want. Similarly, there's a big difference between writing books about how people really behave, compared...
Island-Consciousness and Australian Strategic Culture
One of the most curious aspects of Australian national culture is the absence of a significant maritime tradition. This is a striking paradox in that, as an island-continent dependent on sea communications, trade and alliances, Australia should be the...
Lessons We Can Draw from Mad Max
Western civilisation had no monopoly over notions of property rights, freedom to trade and the rule of lawMad Max and its sequels are some of the most popular films ever set in Australia. While its central theme showed a brooding Mel Gibson making his...
Loving the Corporation, 50 Years On
'Peter Drucker is probably the best-known writer in the world on the philosophical and practical aspects of industrial management.'So wrote the editor of the IPA Review in 1956 when introducing a piece written by Drucker for the IPA on The Management...
Macchiato Myths: The Dubious Benefits of Fair Trade Coffee
The debate on the benefits of market liberalisation has shifted enormously in the past 20 years. Gone are the days when anyone seriously argues that free trade brings poverty or that socialism brings equality-based prosperity. The benefits of trade have...
Orwell's Curse
Orwell's Curse Chris Berg reviews Privacy without Principle: The Use and Abuse of Privacy in Australian Law and Public Policy by Brett Mason (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2006, 228 pages)Privacy is a strange concept. Few debates over new technologies,...
'Parental Socialism': Regulators Tiptoe into the Candy Store
Only the government is capable of making this judgementTo a large great extent, the end of the Cold War effectively signalled the vindication of classical liberal philosophy's view that economies and societies organised on socialist principles are incapable...
Polar Bear Politics: Underestimating the Survival Capacity of One Popular Bear
Are polar bears really threatened by global warming? Or are they being opportunistically exploited by scientists and activists to sell a particularly bleak and brittle story because of their iconic status?A History of Polar BearsA couple of years ago,...
Public Transport Debates More Substance, Less Gimmicks
In a market economy, decisions about travel choices are ultimately made by individuals deciding the optimal mode of transport for their needs. However, with the vast majority of infrastructure for both private car transport and public transport provided...
Scandinavian Idol
Since William Lane's disastrous attempt in the mid-1890s to create a socialist Australia in Paraguay, Australian social-democrats have looked offshore for their idols. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the trade union mission to Scandinavian...
Strange Times
IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM...The Swedish tax department has been outsourcing work to its low-taxing neighbours in order to avoid its own high tax rates. The Swedish tax authority has admitted it produced a television advertisement encouraging taxpayers to...
The Classless Cobbett
The classless Cobbett Andrew Kemp reviews The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett by Richard lngrams (HarperCollins, 2005, 456 pages)'Every now and then someone asks as a sort of parlour game, "Who do you think is the greatest Englishman?" I have...
The GST: Good Try, but No Banana
It has been six years since the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax-the tax that was to revolutionise the Australian tax system and state-federal relations in a single bound.And the prognosis is not good. Indeed, Peter Costello's claim to have...
The Reformist's Decade
The reformist's decade Andrew McIntyre reviews The Longest Decade by George Megalogenis (Scribe, 2006, 352 pages)This book is an engaging and refreshing analysis of two of the most influential Australian politicians in Australia's economic reform and...
Top 20 Books You Must Read before You Die* *Only the Free-Market Ones
The IPA Review ranks the books that deserve to be the most influential.20 David FriedmanThe Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism (1973)David D. Friedman is the son of Milton Freidman, and holds similar political views, but in a more radical...
Xenotourism: Will Your Next Trip Overseas Be for a New Kidney?
Sick patients travelling overseas for revolutionary new medical treatments in countries such as Russia, China and Mexico. This isn't the plot line of the latest Michael Crichton science fiction thriller. Instead, it is the stark reality for a growing...