Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 56, No. 4, December

A Capital Document
A Capital Document Conversations with the Constitution: Not just a piece of paper by Greg Craven (UNSW Press, 2004, 250 pages $34.95)'Most books about the Australian Constitution are as dense as the more impenetrable physical elements, and contain about...
Biz-War and Socially Responsible Investing
SOCIALLY responsible investing (SRI) is all the rage these days, and who could quarrel with the impetus to channel investment funds toward pro-social applications and away from antisocial ones? It is a movement that, by its very name, has an inherent...
Blind to Innovation: The CSIRO in the 21st Century
THE Howard Government's impending control of the Senate invites new thinking about reform of even the most cantankerous dinosaurs. Surely one of the deserving objects for reform should be Australia's failing 'innovation' icon, the CSIRO. It has everything...
Business Environment Conservation
ONE of the regular penpherals' or election campaigns featured again in 2004. The major parties both recognized the need for a strong business sector for the continuing vitality of the Australian economy-particularly small business. But unlike the natural...
Democracy's Trojan Horse
JUST before the new century began, Marc Plattner, co-editor of the influential Journal of Democracy, wrote of the brave new globalized world coming into existence:A borderless world is unlikely to be a democratic one. For while the idea of 'world citizenship'...
Education Agenda
Latham Needs to Rediscover the BasicsEducation is generally considered a plus for the ALP, and commentators during the recent election campaign reinforced the point that, while the Howard Government was strong on economic management, Latham's schools...
Election Lessons
The 2004 Federal Election has proven to be a godsend, not just for its result, but for the lessons being learnt.The Coalition's surprise victory in the Senate, starting 1 July 2005, removes the main impediment to reform and increased prosperity. It provides...
Free_Enterprise.com
I well recall how, on the first day of the serious, large scale, televised bit of Gulf War 2, I watched ... the unfolding story on BBC News 24 and on nothing else. At first I was uncomfortable, as the allied forces were sucked forwards from catastrophe...
Letter from London
Bush's Victory is Bad News for ToriesWell, I was wrong last time. Tony Blair decided against a snap election. Instead, straight after the Labour Party's annual conference in October he announced that he would serve a full third term as Prime Minister...
Liberalism's Ambitions
There is a certain attitude in the world, by some, that says that it's a waste of time to try to promote free societies in parts of the world ... I just strongly disagree with those who do not see the wisdom of trying to promote free societies around...
NGOs Undermining Democracy
OVER the last decade or more, official aid agencies have increasingly been plying non-government organizations (NGOs) with money and influence in the belief that they would provide a route around corruption and towards democracy.Arguably, nowhere has...
Strange Times
MANNE FOR ALL SEASONSRobert 'Change-Agent' Manne was the winner of The Bulletin Magazine's 'Smart 100' in the 'society' category. The judging panellists couldn't look past Manne when selecting a winner because, they said, 'his writings and advocacy have...
Strengthening Failing States
Strengthening Failing States State Building: Governance and World Order in the Twenty-First Century by Francis Fukuyama (Profile Book, 2004, 194 pages)In recent times, there has been a trend to weaken overly powerful states, either because these states...
The Foccacia
How the process of industrial relations deal-making works in a café latte society.TIME and excuses are fast running out for those supposedly in charge of Australian workplaces. It has been one thing for business in Australia to call for industrial relations...
The Inevitability of the Global
The Inevitability of the Global Why Globalization Works by Martin Wolf (Yale University Press, 2004; 400 pages; $56.95)Anyone who has enjoyed and been stimulated by Martin Wolf's incisive analyses of international economic events in The Financial Times...
The Revolution in Telecommunications
ALTOUGH a strong telecommunications policy was not judged by any political party to be a powerful electoral strategy, the resounding Coalition victory has put Telstra strongly back into the spotlight. The privatization of Telstra, for so long a backburner...
The 'R' Files
Lenin's Rope-Selling CapitalistsLenin is reported to have said that the capitalist would sell the rope to his own hangman. We see proof of his insights every day with firms in alliance with, and even funding, radical anti-business non-government organizations....
Time to Redefine Environmentalism
Change is real. Our purposes and our values are not things that have always existed, and will always exist, somewhere beyond space and time. They have come into existence as a consequence of our own activities, and those of our ancestors. They have been...
Vegetation Management in Queensland: A Case of Constitutional Vandalism
AUSTRALIA is called the Lucky Country, bu luck has played only a small part in the country's success. The conversion of resources into wealth requires capital, technology, enterprise and hard work. People do not invest in wealth-creating activity when...
What's A Job?
Business and the ALPWhy was it that in the federal election the ALP found itself confronted by open business opposition to its industrial relations policies when the ALP claimed that those policies were 'light touch'?The reason was simple. A study of...