Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 60, No. 5, November

Big Fat Beat Up
The obesity industry has diagnosed the wrong problem, and proposed the wrong solution, argues Louise Staley.Arnold Schwarzenegger is obese. He's been ooese his entire adult life, including the seven times he won the Mr Olympia bodybuilding title. Despite...
Biotechnology Is Bioterrific, Not Bioterrifying
Biotechnology is bioterrific, not bioterrifying Louise Staley reviews Edging Towards BioUtopia by Richard Hindmarsh (UWA Press, 2008, 330 pages)Near the beginning of Richard Hindmarsh's Edging Towards BioUtopia he provides, apparently un-selfconsciously,...
Cops, Not Liquor Regulations, Reduce Street Violence
The emphasis on lockouts and alcohol laws is a distraction from tackling late night violence, argues Tim WilsonOn one of its websites, the Queensland Government is remarkably honest about its attitude towards law-abiding businesses - 'the ability to...
Did Global Warming Send Lehman Brothers Broke?
The failed firm should have spent less time on climate change alarmism, and more on prudent risk management, writes John Roskam.There's much debate about the causes of the global economic crisis. According to the popular media some of the chief suspects...
Fantasies of 'Free Market' Finance Failure
Financial crisisKevin Rudd, writing in The Australian in October, blamed the financial crisis on 'extreme free-market ideologues' who have 'resisted the regulation of financial markets.' The Prime Minister is trotting out the widespread belief that the...
From the Editor
One could be forgiven for believing that the era of small government is over, if only we could remember when it had started.Isn't it great when events confirm your political prejudices?If Kevin Rudd's widely reported speech in early October is any indication,...
Hitler's Grotesque Economics
Hitler's grotesque economics Sinclair Davidson reviews The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam Tooze (Allen Lane, 2007, 799 pages)In the acclaimed television series Band of Brothers the Webstet character abuses a...
How Labor Factions Broke New South Wales
NSW's conservative ALP was good at fending off communism, but now it can't seem to do anything else, writes Richard Allsop.In the six months following the 1975 defeat of the Whitlam Government, Australia's two most populous states held elections.In Victoria,...
Imposing Our Preferences on Whaling Cultures
Restrictions on environmental resource use and sustainability should be based on science, not emotion, writes Jennifer MarohasyFew issues illustrate how subjective beliefs about morality distorts environmental debate more than the issue of whaling.Many...
Not Every Journo Can Be Hunter S. Thompson
Objective journalism is being undermined by journalists with literary ambitions, writes Noel Bushnell.A long time ago on a newspaper far, far away, the [insert own adjective here, e.g. crusty, then-famous] editor marched up to his sub-editors table with...
Press Hypocrisy on Google Street View
PrivacyThe August launch of Google's 'Street View' - an online service that allows web users to see still photographs of locations along Australian roads was greeted with predictable handwringing by eager columnists and activists who claimed that taking...
Public's Priorities Warped for International Affairs
Foreign policyIt's a good thing Australia's foreign policy isn't decided by public surveys. Results from a recent Lowy Institute survey show Australians have questionable judgement of what is in the national interest.First, Australian's think protecting...
Sporting Prowess Obscured by the History Warriors
Sporting prowess obscured by the history warriors Richard Allsop reviews Tom Wills: His Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall by Greg de Moore (Allen & Unwin, 2008, 336 pages)The 150th anniversary of the first game of Australian Football in 1858 has not...
Strange Times
The never ending fight against cough syrupNext time you travel to the United States, be careful-recklessly buying cough syrup could put you in court. In March this yeat, Iowan 47-year-old Gary Schinagel was arrested for buying too much of the common...
Surely Funding Isn't That Hard to Understand
EducationIn what passes these days as the schools debate, there is a need to know who is responsible for funding what part of the system.The amount of ignorance seems close to reaching the point of no return, with the NSW Education Minister, Verity Firth,...
The Brave New World of Lifestyle Capitalism
The brave new world of lifestyle capitalism Benjamin Hourigan reviews The 4-hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss (Vermillion, 2008, 308 pages)'I believe that life exists to be enjoyed and that the most...
The Dark Mind of the Copywriter
The dark mind of the copywriter Chris Berg reviews Novels in Three Lines by Felix Fénéon (NYRB Classics, 2007, 176 pages)Ernest Hemingway once said that his best story was his shortest story, deliberately limited to just six words-'For sale: baby shoes,...
The Ideological Baggage of Old Europe
The ideological baggage of Old Europe John Roskam reviews The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648 to 1815 by Tim Blanning (Penguin, 2007, 736 pages)On the television show Blitz, household gardens are designed and built in a couple of hours. In Britain in the...
The Iraq Factor
Barack Obama may have lost control of his own foreign policy, writes Tony Parkinson.Stripped to the rawest of logic, Barack Obama's gameplan was to win the White House on the back of defeat in Iraq.Heading into the presidential election campaign, the...
The Machinery of the 2007 Federal Election
The machinery of the 2007 federal election John Shipp reviews Inside Kevin07: The People, The Plan, The Prize by Christine Jackman (Melbourne University Press, 2008, 320 pages)If you are looking for hard-hitting political analysis of the Kevin07 campaign...
The 'Mining Boom' Myth
The 'mining boom' is nothing more than the latest excuse for government interventionism, argues Sinclair DavidsonMining isn't the be-all and end-all of the Australian economy. If the 'mining boom ends', as widely predicted by politicians and other interventionists,...
Why Keating Makes Kevin Look Bad
The reform boldness of Paul Keating contrasts poorly with the timidity of Kevin Rudd, writes Greg Barns.Kevin Rudd stood on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin on a fresh Canberra morning in early September and told popular breakfast presenter Melissa...
Your Child Is a Wuss
When Belgian Gardens, a Townsville state primary school, banned cartwheels and handstands in August, it ignited a media frenzy. But as bizarre as it is, the handstand ban is only one incidence of a widespread trend affecting all Australian schools.Carlton...