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Articles from Vol. 53, No. 4, December

Australians' Attitudes to Migration
SINCE the early 1970s, a majority of Australians have favoured a reduction in Australia's immigration programme or no increase. Through most of this period the largest group was those who wanted to see a reduction. The latest opinion poll on the question...
Education Agenda
Public Education and the SKODA Imagine a country where all the cars are government-made and millions of taxpayers' dollars are spent every year providing lucky customers with cars that have been 'benchmarked' against world's best. Imagine thousands of...
Electorate Wins Battle, Elites Winning War
FOLLOWING the Federal election, the former ALP pollster, Rod Cameron, remarked that in the contest between the electorate and the elites, the elites always win. He was clearly wrong on illegal immigration. The electorate chose a Prime Minister to reflect...
Family and Work
Liability Phobia Or, How WorkSafe Makes Work for WorkSafe, Infantilizes the Population and Allows Citizens to Divest Themselves of any Alertness or Responsibility The boss has a lot to think about in his job. He has his demanding clients, he has his...
From the Editor
The food-processing industry should be booming, but it isn't and is not going to be until there are changes in our workplace culture. As the special report in this edition makes clear (pages 17-24 below), while there are some very real success stories...
How the Anti-Sweatshop Movement Hurts the People It Claims to Help
AUSTRALIAN NGOs are increasingly active in opposing 'sweatshops' in the Asia-Pacific region. For instance, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad has a' NikeWatch' campaign which aims to `persuade Nike and other transnational corporations to respect workers' basic...
Keep Is Simple, Stupid-The New Tax Reform
The GST on its own was a massive undertaking. Adding so much more on to the agenda was inviting system bum-out IT seems that everyone has had enough of tax reform-and no wonder! The most visible signs fram car new reformed tax system include: * an administrative...
Letter from London
Just a Little Bit of Democracy: How to Reform the House of Lords The Blair Government is famous for `news management'-although these days the fame is earned less by its success than by the outrage it provokes. The best example is an e-mail a ministerial...
Letter on America
Touching the Third Rail While public attention is focused on the war against terrorism, the work of government on other issues continues barely noticed. One of the most significant is the Presidential Commission to Strengthen Social Security, which is...
Reinvention-It's as Simple as ABC
The ABC needs to develop strategies that bring the warring factions in the organization together, once and for all THE ABC is important to Australia, it is highly regarded, and it represents a clear, inclusive way to bring our continental community together...
Scientists, Statisticians and the Prophets of Doom
IN The Unnatural Nature of Science (1992), Lewis Wolpert, FRS, Professor of Biology at University College, London, concluded that `Science is one of humankind's greatest and most beautiful achievements and for its continuation, free and critical discussion,...
Strange Times
Compiled by IPA staff, columnists and consultants ... VIVE LA BIOTECH! And now for some good news. It turns out that genetically modified foods are actually safer than Mother Nature's version. Says who? The biotech-squeamish Europeans, no less. Over...
Take Away Take-Away
The Self-Induced Destruction of the Australian Food Manufacturing Industry Heinz and Its Former Dandenong Plant Barry Callebaut and Its Non-plant Saizeriya and Its Vacant Block of Land Arnott's at Burwood, the Neutering of Management, and Time to Close...
Trade Laws and Pharmaceuticals
TRADE-RELATED ASPECTS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS (TRIPS) While 11 September generally marked a loss of innocence of the Elysian Western world, one threatening upshot has had little recognition. This was the US Government's forcing down the price...
War
Having been born in the second half of the twentieth century, I have been lucky enough to avoid any experience of total war. Still, smaller ones have popped up from time to time through the course of my life. The latest in this long line is that in Afghanistan....
What's a Job?
The Entitlement Con During 2001, Australia has witnessed immense agitation over lost worker entitlements from failed businesses, with Ansett being the glaring example. Anger has been directed at the Federal Government and unethical bosses, and the issue...
Why We Weren't Told
Public discussion of Aboriginal issues has undergone a major shift over the past couple of years. Commentators who would never identify themselves as being from the 'right' now talk about the catastrophic social conditions that exist in many Aboriginal...