Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 3, September

Are Video Games Conservative?
Through July and early August 2005, controversy has dominated the world of videogame journalism. In the United States, discovery of a hidden sex scene in this year's Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas brought Senator Hillary Clinton, among others, to reiterate...
Australia's 'Nirvana' Economy
Surely it doesn't get any better than this? Inflation at 2.5 per cent in the June quarter was firmly in the middle of the Reserve Bank's target range, rocketing export prices are making Australia wealthier, equity markets are booming, housing markets...
Baby Boom or Baby Bonus?
Baby boom or baby bonus?Margaret Fitzherbert reviewsWhat, no baby? Why women are losing the freedom to mother, and how they can get it backBy Leslie Cannold.(Curtin University Books, 2005, 336 pages)"There is never a convenient time to have a baby',...
Can We Remove the Ban on Mobiles in Planes without Killing Each Other?
Police in Warwick, Rhode Island, earlier this year reported that a driver, fed up with being stuck behind another driver who was chatting away on his mobile phone, got out of his car, called the other driver a punk, and promptly punched him in the face.It's...
Dancing on the Grave of Employment
Dancing on the grave of employmentChris Berg reviewsIndependence and the Death of EmploymentBy Ken Phillips.(Voltan, 2005,207 pages)William is a 24-year-old shearer from Queensland.I've worked on shearing teams which are staunch in their observance of...
Driving a Star Picket through Conservation
Last week I had a call from our local supplier of fencing material. Did we want to buy ironbark fence posts, because they were going out of production immediately, owing to the imminent closure of forests?It set me thinking. Ironbark fence posts are...
Dutch Masters: The Modern Realism of the Reformation
Dutch Masters: The modern realism of the ReformationThe Dutch Masters Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria is the most comprehensive display of seventeenth-century Dutch art ever seen in Australia. An extraordinary naturalism and an almost...
Friedman at 93
At 93, most would be well into their retirement. Not Milton Friedman. He remains as active as he has been throughout the Twentieth Century, regularly contributing to television documentaries on the benefits of a tight monetary policy and fundraising...
From the Editor
'I don't apologise for being a conservative. I remember when the word "conservative" and the word "mother" were nice words'.-Barry Goldwater, 1963What help is conservatism in an era of 1980s' retro clothing? The conservative movement has to deal with...
Governments Gone Wild
The ACT Government recently spent $1.8 million in an unsuccessful attempt to disqualify its own coroner from overseeing an inquiry into the January 2003 bushfires. Issues of alleged bias were cited by Jon Stanhope, ACT's Chief Minister and Attorney-General....
I'm Sad Because You Have a Red Ferrari
I'm sad because you have a red FerrariJohn Roskam reviewsHappiness: Lessons from a New ScienceBy Richard Layard.(Alan Lane, 2005, 310 pages)Seven hundred and fifty actors and actresses have ever been nominated for an Academy Award-those who won an Oscar...
Industrial Relations and the Failure of Federalism
Which is more important: States' rights or individual rights? Can the Australian Labor Party act in the public interest on industrial relations? Can reform of the labour market be locked in so that the potential for future policy regression is minimized?These...
Prices and Planning: The State of the Housing Industry
House prices vary according to:* The pressure of demand on the existing stock, which at any one time is unlikely to be able to be expanded by more than a few per cent.* The cost of expanding supply, which in turn depends on:* the efficiency of the supply...
Strife amid Plenty: Aboriginal Policy after Land Rights
Standing at "The Burrup', the island off Dampier, Western Australia, looking out to sea, it is impossible to escape the fact that much of Australia's future is wedded to its resources. Gas is piped in, processed and piped or shipped out, iron ore is...
Taking the Plunge
As part of the IPA's ongoing exploration of Self Reliance, we are continuing to uncover surprising trends in and out of the workplace, both at home and abroad.People are taking control of their lives like never before. And it touches all parts of their...
The Future Challenges for Australian Conservatism
The state of Australian conservatism is, in a number of respects, probably the healthiest it has been for many decades. We have a conservative federal government closing in on its tenth year in power. Union membership is in decline and, for the first...
The Shape of Things to Come
Nanotechnology has the potential to shift the world economy from a manufacturing to an IT baseOf all the exciting things that are happening in science, nanotechnology is perhaps the hardest to get a handle on, mostly because it has, as yet, yielded very...
The Strange Allure of Cruel Dictatorships
The strange allure of cruel dictatorshipsAndrew McIntyre reviewsMao: The Unknown StoryBy Jung Chang and Jon Halliday.(Jonathan Cape, 2005, 814 pages)To much fanfare and international recognition, Jung Chang, author of the all-time best selling non-fiction...
Uncovering the Truth about Markets
Uncovering the truth about marketsTom Quirk reviewsThe Truth about Markets: Why some nations are rich but most remain poorBy John Kay.(Penguin UK, 2004, 496 pages)For someone untutored in economics, it is easy to be perplexed by the question: how did...
Welcome to the Industrial Relations Masquerade Ball!
Industrial relations is not what it appears to be on the surface, where most people think it's about unions and bosses having the occasional spat over wages and conditions. That is an obvious aspect of the game-but it's not what it's really about.Industrial...
What Remains of Conservative Thought?
What does conservatism mean in Australia, a country often portrayed as not possessing much to conserve and running madly along the tracks of progress? And yet settler societies, such as Australia, are often decidedly conservative as their members wish...
What's a Job?
REMARKETING POLITICSQuite recently, many of Australia's major daily newspapers extended their battle for readership by beefing up their business sections. Most newspapers have added or expanded small business and business opinion sections and have repositioned...
Where Have All the Conservatives Gone?
The two great political traditions of liberalism and conservatism have underpinned the expansion of human freedom.With its emphasis on individual rights, personal choice and limited government, liberalism is rightly regarded as the philosophy which provided...
Why Is Reform Such a Challenge?
Everybody agrees that economic reform is A Good Thing.'Standing still is always riskier for Australia than going the extra mile on economic reform', the Prime Minister said last month in a major speech explaining his industrial relations proposals.'Economic...