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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 2, June

Are Koalas in Decline?
When I want to know how many sheep there are, I just look up the Australian Commodity Statistics. There were 174.3 million sheep in 1970, 118.6 million at the turn of the century (year 2000) and 99.3 million in 2003-obviously a species in decline. But...
Conservation at Any Cost
In the name of 'conservation', Australia offsets hardships imposed upon timber communities with the reassurance that, after all, it is for the greater good.When the wet tropical rainforests of north Queensland were inscribed within the World Heritage...
Federalism, National Competition Policy and the Way Forward
Federalism is an inherently messy system. Indeed it is designed to be so.By design, it disperses the powers of government across multiple jurisdictions. The USA has over 11,000 separate jurisdictions including city, schools board, county, state, territory...
From the Editor
The challenges aheadOver the last ten years it has been my good fortune to be Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs and publisher of the /RA Review. After this issue I will pass the magazine and the Institute over to able leadership of...
Getting Real: Reforming International Law Governing the Detention of Terrorist Suspects
The US response to the September 11 attacks has been nothing if not controversial. President Bush's decision to designate detained Al-Qaeda suspects as 'unlawful combatants' evoked a chorus of dissent from proponents of international law. Yet amidst...
Governing the Reserve Bank
The Reserve Bank (RBA) is Australia's central bank. It is responsible for Australia's monetary policy-the setting of short-term official interest rates-and for the overall stability of the financial system. When the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority...
How Efficiently Is Your Charitable Donation Spent?
For the vast majority of Australians and people around the world, NGO transparency and accountability comes down to the basic issue about how well their charitable dollar is being spent.This is where the IPA's NGO Project's advocacy has had salience...
In Defence of a Liberal Education
What is the purpose of education? Much of the education debate, especially during the recent federal election, has focused on issues such as accountability, academic standards and funding to government and non-government schools.Since the election, the...
Is the UN's Birthday Really Worth Celebrating?
It is now 60 years since diplomats convened in San Francisco for the conference that in due course gave birth to the United Nations. The horrors of the second World War had led statesmen from countries great and small to devise a council of nations to...
Letter from London
LETTER FROM LONDONIn the election on 5 May, I was for the first time a truly floating voter. All three major parties seemed equally unattractive: Labour's cynical manipulation, authoritarianism and increasing regulation; the Conservatives' small-mindedness;...
Myths of the Corporate Media
Conventional wisdom places the print and broadcast media on a knife's edge between two mutually exclusive requirements-the requirement to provide citizens with a challenging, informative and independent media, versus a desire to express the interests...
The Capacity to Manage Index Report 6: Industrial Awards
Capacity to Manage Index: The Index is now well known. It studies Australian industrial relations agreements, rating the extent to which the agreements affect the formal capacity of managers to manage their businesses. All Capacity to Manage studies...
The Culture Wars, Yes ... but Whose Culture?
As a son of the privileged Jamaican plantocracy, Michael Manley, Prime Minister of that country for eight years until 1980 and at the time charismatic head of the non-aligned nations, was wont to listen to Beethoven string quartets and cultivate roses,...
The Economics of Nuclear Power
DIFFERENT ELECTRICITY POWER SOURCESCan nuclear power make a comeback after 20 years, during which time hardly a single new plant has been commissioned among the developed world's countries?In the absence of any government action, the answer depends on...
The NGO Project: Why We Care
Fewer than 60 delegates and observers attended both days of the 2004 annual conference of the Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC). This, despite the fact that the NSW and Federal Governments fund their programmes, 'which among other things, support...
The Nuclear Power Debate: The Politics of Nuclear Power
Mike Nahan on the politics of nuclear powerAlan Moran on the economics of nuclear powerTom Quirk on the safe disposal of wasteWhen I was a young boy, nuclear power was widely seen as the energy of the future-clean, cheap, flexible and abundant. Even...
The Rise and Rise of the Self-Employed
For the first time in Australian history there are now more people who are self-employed than are members of a trade union, according to official new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.1.9 million Australians are self-employed compared...
The Safe Disposal of Nuclear Waste
The most significant practical issue in nuclear electricity generation is the issue of nuclear waste. Regardless of the political or economic factors in the debate over nuclear power, the question of waste disposal is a legitimate and timely one. A safe,...
The Shape of Things to Come
THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COMEA new column of conjecture and speculationIt is one of the peculiarities of human life that the people responsible for doing the greatest good for their fellow humans are frequently considered to be at best engaged in trivia,...
What's A Job?
WHO'D BE A COWBOY?Imagine the scene. It's Melbourne's international tennis stadium on a mild autumn Saturday night. Red clay covers centre court. Ten thousand folk crowd the stands, most wearing tight jeans with big silver buckles, many with broad-brimmed...
While You Were Asleep
While You Were AsleepThe World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Centuryby Thomas L. Friedman (Farrer, Straus and Ciroux, NY, 2005, 488 pages)Apart from his columns in The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman is particularly known for his redefining...
Why Do Drug Dealers Live with Their Mums?
Why do drug dealers live with their mums?Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingBy Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. (William Morrow, NY, 2005, 242 pages)One day in 1989, at the behest of his graduate advisor, Sudhir...