Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 54, No. 3, September

Court Ruling Clarifies Farmers' Rights
Jim Barns has given private forestry in Australia the allimportant first test case that confirms that a forestry use is intermittent and not abandoned between harvests A landmark Queensland Planning and Environment Court ruling has provided the first...
Dangerous Liaisons
WHEN Prime Minister Howard travelled to Indonesia this year, he was snubbed by a number of leading Indonesian politicians, among them most notably Amien Rais.1 According to media reports, Rais, the influential speaker of Indonesia's People's Consultative...
Education Agenda: Wide Open Guide to Teaching
Education Agenda How do Australian teachers and schools decide what should be taught during the school year? Better still, how do Australian teachers decide whether their teaching is effective as demonstrated by improvements in student learning? Those...
Ethical Investment-Deconstructing the Myth
DO AUSTRALIANS want social engineers to control their investments? Clearly some do-as illustrated by the existence and growth of so-called ethical funds. Judging by the number of advisers jumping on to the ethical bandwagon-including every university...
Free_Enterprise.com
RIGHTEOUSLY WRONG Any serious student of political thought must spend at least part of his or her time puzzling over why so many intelligent people can get so many things so entirely wrong. It's tempting to go for an easy answer: those on the other side...
From the Editor
It is easy to ridicule UN gabfests.They generally achieve nothing other than provide a stage for the unelected to bully governments and corporations into doing their bidding, and at the recently completed Earth Summit in Johannesburg the unelected outnumbered...
Letter from America: Economic McCarthyism
The US economy is going through a difficult period of slow growth, growing unemployment and a weak stockmarket. The result has been increasing pessimism about the short-term future of the economy. Whenever a society or economy has problems, there are...
Letter from London: Crash through or Crash
JOHN NURICK Crash Through or Crash In its first four years, our Labour government kept public spending well under control-better than the Conservatives would have. This was an absolutely deliberate policy, intended to reassure the money markets and the...
No Nuggets Here
No Nuggets Here Stephen Holt reviews Nugget Coombs: A Reforming Life by Tim Rowse Cambridge University Press, 2002 $59.95 (419 pages) Back in 1984, Hugh Stretton, whose word is law in such matters, described Dr H.C. ('Nugget') Coombs as one of Australia's...
On the Trail of Burke and Wills
FOR anyone who hasn't been to the outback in the last few years, there are a few surprises. The idea of isolated and remote regions, with inaccessible towns joined by four-wheeldrive horror roads, rough pubs serving mutton and boiled potatoes, nasty...
Strange Times
Compiled by IPA staff, columnists and consultants ... PROTECTING KANGAROOS' RIGHT TO STARVE In July 2002, the Australian Army base at Puckapunyal was invaded by over 200,000 kangaroos. Somehow, the herd got through the electric fence, consumed all the...
Tasmania's No Tiger, but Why?
OVER the 1980s and 1990s, Tasmania's economic performance has consistently been inferior to that achieved in the rest of Australia. The shortfall in performance is significant and has occurred right across the key indicators of economic performance--...
The 'R' Files-A Ticket to Ride: Melbourne's Privatized Public Transport
Recently, there has been considerable press comment on Melbourne's public transport system. Commentary has tended to bag the system but the facts-and the consumer reaction in terms of patronage levels-- are very different. Because governments insist...
Trade Matters
Trade Matters David Robertson reviews Australia and the Global Trade System: From Havana to Seattle by Ann Capling Cambridge University Press, Victoria, 2001); pb $A39.95 (260 pages) This history of Australia's participation in international trade negotiations...
What Is Sustainable Development?
Sustainable development has been broadened to include issues such as healthcare and education THE term `sustainable development' has been around for about 30 years, but has only recently been popularized. It derives originally from the biological concept...
What's a Job? Myths and Lies
Myths and Lies A number of myths underpin the claim to moral authority of the Australian industrial relations system. Workers are supposed to be all goodness and exploited. Bosses are supposed to be evil at worst and unreasonable at best. The industrial...
What the Economic Rationalists (Dries) Really Believed
Reforms that improve productivity have long lags because they depend so much on new investments in capital and skills ALMOST 20 years after the election of the Hawke Government, with the economy bowling along despite world-wide tendencies, the economic...