Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 55, No. 1, March

Abusive Use of the Alien Tort Claims Act
Through an obscure legal loophole, the United States is being turned into the world's catch-all civil claims court to the detriment of the US economy and its interests abroad. The loophole is the Alien Tort Claims Act passed in 1789. The Act gives federal...
After Iraq: Is Sovereignty Dead?
GEORGE Bush, Tony Blair and John Howard have provided many reasons for supporting military action against Iraq. One of those reasons has become known as the 'humanitarian' justification. Put simply, the 'humanitarian' justification for the US-- led invasion...
Aid Detox for PNG
IN psychology, behaviour is defined as irrational if an action continues to be repeated despite its repeated failure to achieve the desired outcome. On this definition, our aid policy towards Papua New Guinea has been irrational. Despite over twelve...
BP-Back to Petroleum
FOR two years, the world's second largest hydrocarbons producer spent beaucoup dollars on a clever public relations and advertising campaign to convince consumers that BP no longer stands for British Petroleum, but for Beyond Petroleum. One advert proclaimed,...
...By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
MY LAST column talked about RMIT's leadership role (as an expensive, government-funded tertiary educational institution) in its support of anti-globalization protests and activist training for its students in agitprop, and its drive to encourage non-rational...
Deceit in the Name of Conservation?
ON 28 January, the Queensland Government released Report on the study of land-sourced pollutants and their impacts on water quality in and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. In the associated media release, the Queensland Premier Peter Beattie said,...
Education Agenda: Private Education Equals Public Good
When it comes to choosing between government and non-government schools, Australian parents are 'voting with their feet'. As shown by recent ABS figures (Schools Australia 2002), over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in non-government...
Free_enterprise.com
UNITED OR DIVIDED? I write just hours after US President George W Bush has delivered his ultimatum to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or be removed. By the time this appears before your eyes, you will know whether Hussein has...
From the Editor
`The most important challenge to individual freedom today is not the ideology of egalitarianism but the ideology of stasis: the notion that the good society is one of stability, predictability, and control. The role of the state, in this view, is not...
Irreconcilable Differences
IN his speech to the National Press Club on the prospect of war with Iraq and the case for disarmament, Prime Minister Howard stated that Australia will play a significant humanitarian role in Iraq. If so, the Howard Government needs to evaluate carefully...
Letter from America: Which Way for the Democrats?
The 2002 mid-term elections were a dramatic victory for President George W. Bush and the Republicans. Instead of the historical norm of the party controlling the White House losing, Bush's party gained seats in the Senate, House, Governors' races and...
Letter from London: Trusting Tony
Frankly, it's all just too depressing. The economy's heading for trouble. Business confidence is low: investment in 2002 was 9.2 per cent lower than the previous year, and manufacturing investment was nearly 18 per cent down. The budget deficit is spiralling...
Petroleum Refining: Rationalization or Atrophy?
DESPITE the obsessive public attention to prices at the petrol pump, the petroleum-refining sector rarely registers on the media radar screen. This is unfortunate as the sector fuels most movement of people and goods in our economy and society. And it...
Restoring the Rule of Law in the Construction Industry
As this issue of the IPA Review was at the press, we were alerted to the delivery of the following speech by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. The paper marks a seminal change in the government's approach to systemic corruption in...
Shewering the Dogma
Skewering the Dogma Stephen Dawson reviews The Blank Slate:The Modern Denial of Human Nature by Steven Pinker (Allen Lane, 2002, $29,95) When I was a lad at school, my English teacher defined for the class the meaning of 'dogmatic'. By way of illustration...
Strange Times
FARM NANNYS Last month, Great Britain enacted a new European Union law that forces hog farmers to give their animals 'environmental enrichment', under penalty of stiff fines and three months in jail. A British spokesman told the Times of London: 'We...
The Good Reputation Index 2002: A Tale of Two Strategies
OR three years, Reputation Measurement Ltd and The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have been trying to impose their political agendas on Australia's top 100 corporations. They think that Australia's corporations should be good citizens, and that by...
The Past Is the Key to the Present: Greenhouse and Icehouse over Time
IN THE LONG AGO Planet Earth condensed 4,550 million years ago (Ma) from recycled stardust. Since that time, the continents have been enlarging, Earth materials have been constantly recycled and the Earth and all associated systems have been dynamically...
The 'R'files: Private Property Rights: The Key to Achieving Efficiency in Rural Water Use
Private property rights: the key to achieving efficiency in rural water use WATER IN AUSTRALIA Water has always been a defining issue in Australia's prosperity. And in recent decades irrigation has grown rapidly. Even so, the proportion of Australia...
Tomorrow's Reform
ALPH Waldo Emerson told us that 'a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, philosophers and divines' and enjoined us `to speak what we think today in words as hard as canon balls and tomorrow speak what tomorrow...
War against Fur: Canada Hastens Decline of Environment
The unintended consequences of the war against fur have hurt the livelihoods of thousands of Canadian Indians, and have enticed them to replace their lost incomes by welcoming into unspoiled areas the oil, gas and mining interests they once opposed....
What's a Job?: Building Choices
Recently, a friend was silly enough to think she could renovate her house without the use of a builder. Bravely she set out to organize all the tradespeople needed. She required separate skilled tradespeople for carpentry, plumbing, electrical work,...
Why Aid to Poor Countries Has Failed
Gary Johns reviews The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (The MIT Press, Cambridge Mass, 2002) William Easterly is an American economist from the World Bank. In this book, he reflects on the mistakes made...
Why Did We Allow Australia to Burn?
On 11 March 2003, the IPA held a conference about the lessons to be learnt from the bushfires which swept Eastern Australia in the first quarter of 2003. This article presents a synopsis of the major themes and findings from that conference. Copies of...