Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 59, No. 4, January

A Revolution in Healthcare
Medicine meets the marketplaceAre we seeing a repeat of what happened to the media industry in healthcare? A wave of media-literate consumers, using a host of new Internet tools, powered a dismantling of the big media monopoly on public opinion. Healthcare...
Awkward Problems in Social Policy
Women and welfare after HowardUtopias are easy to imagine.Far more difficult is the task of imagining what a new liberalism movement would look like if some attention needs to be paid to electability. In the case of social policy (policies about human...
Christianity and the Market
How church leaders ignore the Christian tradition of economic libertyWhen it comes to the social sciences, many consider that economics wins the prize for having the most materialistic view of human beings. One should not be surprised, then, that some...
Competition and the Cartel Crusade
At the heart of the Trade Practices Act is section 45. Over some 20 pages, this section explains the illegality of businesses conspiring to fix prices or otherwise diminish competition in a market. Issues concerning combines, or cartels of firms which...
Confusion and Logic in the Nuclear Power Debate
Should we spurn nuclear energy, despite the need for alternative energy sources that will enable us to cut greenhouse gas emissions? Ian Lowe, president of the Australian Conservation Foundation, argues that we should in the latest of Black Ines Quarterly...
Council Regulations Crash Street Parties
So, you have taken it upon yourself to throw a street party for your neighbours over the holidays. It wouldn't be a bad idea-you would be doing your part to promote social interaction in your community.But plan ahead. Navigating the bureaucratic hurdles...
Cyclones, Rainfalls and Temperature: Does Australia Have a Climate Crisis?
In November 2007, the United Nations (UN) released the last of its much publicised fourth series of expert reports on climate change, with a comment from Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that the report's findings are more terrifying than the worst-case...
Everything's Changed?
The Liberals have locked in conservative governmentThe other day, I received a call from an aspiring opinion page contributor and former Australian diplomat who declared, in a voice that oozed a certain sort of metropolitan smugness: 'Now that everything's...
Fighting the Last War
The construction reforms-not WorkChoices-were the real industrial relations issues in the 2007 campaign.For the last century, it has been assumed that conservative parties represent the bosses, and the Labor Party represents the workers. The political...
Four Points on Federalism
Why 'passing the buck' could make good public policy and good political strategy1) National security and the economy are traditional areas of Commonwealth responsibility. The provision of services such as health, education, transport and infrastructure...
Freedom in the Nanny State
Freedom in the nanny state Louise Staley reviews Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America into a Nation of Children by David Horsanyi (Broadway, 2007,304 pages)Booze,...
From the Editor
It's not too often that we can look enviously at the political state of a country buried deep in the European Union. Brussels is not just the capital of Belgium, but it is also the de facto capital of the EU, hosting the European Commission, the Council...
From the Executive Director
John Howard got the big things right. At the domestic level, he understood the importance of responsible economic management. At the international level, he knew that September 11 was an attack not only against the United States-it was an attack against...
Howard Forgot to Govern for Individuals
Margaret Thatcher has been vilified time and time again for her comment 'There is no such thing as society', yet it is a statement of the obvious.There is no one great mass in politics. There are competing interest groups with which individuals identify...
In Harm's Way
How 'health promotion' has damaged the relationship between doctor and patientA great deal of scrutiny has recendy been given to the problem presented to medical practitioners (and less recently to nurses) by violent patients. Clearly, something has...
Ironic Title Not Ironic Enough
Ironic title not ironic enough Scott Hargreaves reviews The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much III and So Little Good by William Easterly (Penguin, 2006,448 pages)When you are the new kid on the block, the swiftest...
Is Transport Welfare?
Is transport welfare? Richard Allsop reviews No Way To Go: Transport and Social Disadvantage in Australian Communities Edited by Graham Currie, Janet Stanley and John Stanley (Monash University ePress, 2007)Transport policy wars are usually fought on...
John Howard, Environmentalist
The story of John Howard the environmentalist is a story of deference to professed expertise. Prime Minister John Howard sought the advice of high profile scientists and activists on environmental issues. Many of these advisors had impressive qualifications,...
Liberalism after 2007
A blueprint for leadershipWe have reached a point of paradox in Australian politics.On the one hand the history of the twentieth century and of the first part of the twenty-first century has witnessed the triumph of the ideas of liberalism. This is so...
Liberalism after the Howard Government
Chris Berg: 'When change the government; argued Jonn Howard in the last few days before the election, 'you do change the direction of the country'.Paul Keating's clarion call proved to be just as ineffectual the second time round. That could perhaps...
Liberalism Must Evolve to Match Generational Shifts
The Liberal Party's loss at the Federal election provides an opportunity for Australian liberalism to evolve. But this does not mean, as many will likely argue, that liberalism has to 'go soft'. Liberals will not do themselves any good simply by abandoning...
Status Quo Conservatism
The Coalition's taxing and spending recordAs a number of commentators pointed out in the lead-up to the election, at both the Federal and State levels, Labor has moved closer to the political centre. As a result, there seem to be fewer important differences...
Strange Times
PSYCHIC POLICE TO BAN POTENTIAL DRUNKSAuthorities in England and Wales have clearly decided that prevention is better than the cure when it comes to thwarting drunken shenanigans.Police will now have the audiority to ban citizens from city centres for...
The Clearest in the West: Australia's Happy Warriors
According to my Oz-watching pals in Britain and America, John Howard is not a failure but a victim of his own success. He made Australia safe for the Labor Party-or, at any rate, safe enough that a small but sufficient number of bored electors were willing...
Theft? What Has Been Stolen?
Sinclair Davidson, Alex Robson & Chris TextorCartels are theft, usually by well dressed thieves.- ACCC Chairman Graeme Samuel, Inside Business, ABC TV, 4 November 2007.The defining characteristic of theft is that it is a non-voluntary transfer of...
The History of Food Hints at Its Future
The history of food hints at its future Jennifer Marohasy reviews Australian Agriculture: Its History and Challenges byTedHenzell (CSIRO Publishing, 2007, 308 pages)Agriculture began in Australia with the arrival of the first European setders in 1788....
University Research
The need for paying customersJames Buchanan-the founder of the Public Choice School in economics-has recendy re-released his autobiography. First published in 1992, Better than plowing and other personal essays related the story of how a poor farm boy...
What's the Appeal of "Totalitarian Chic"?
In politics there have been many powerful symbols, but few have crossed over from politics into popular culture like Albert Korda's photograph of the 'heroic guenilla', Che Guevara. The image sells and has been emblazoned on a diverse range of objects...