Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, November

Be Careful What You Wish For
There is very little in Canberra's new paradigm that we have not seen before. Independents in the House of Representatives are nothing new. As we have been reminded time and time again since it seemed clear the election was likely to result in a hung...
Bourgeois Burdens
Bourgeois burdens Georgia Letten reviews Freedom By Jonathan Franzen (Vivid Publishing, 2010, 240 pages)Rarely is Jonathan Franzen's name mentioned in the absence of fawning praise. Since the critical and commercial hit of 2001's The Corrections , taste-makers...
Caught Short? Let the Market Decide
Scapegoating ?short selling' for the Global Finanical Crisis might be lulling us into a false sense of security, writes Ian Pattison.The second half of 2007 and 2008 was a time of panic, financial meltdown and regulatory opportunism. Control-oriented...
Death by Newspoll
The federal coalition needs to hold its nerve and not fall into the trap of viewing politics through the prism of Newspoll, says Glenn Milne.Every second Monday night during sitting periods of federal parliament, the building, that at its peak operation...
Do Think Tanks Still Work?
NoIf free market think tanks are doing such a great job, why does the size of government keep getting bigger, asks Neville Kennard.The world is littered with free market think tanks, yet they seem to have little effect on government thinking and policy-making....
From the Editor
Friends don't let friends preference the Greens. The Liberal Party's decision to preference the Greens ahead of Labor in the electorate of Melbourne at the last federal election has elevated a left-wing fringe party into a position of significant power....
From the Garden of Eden Tomad Max
FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN TOMAD MAX Andrew McIntyre reviews The Rational Optimist By Matt Ridley (Harper Publishing, 2010, 438 pages)This book should be considered a perfect foil for the pessimism of the Left, and an ideal primer for the economically illiterate....
Good Government Isn't a One-Way Bet
The new Gillard government will be a backward step for good governance says Richard Allsop.Who would have thought that in the post 2010 federal election paradigm, poker machines would be such a decisive issue. How did we get here?For most of the past...
Government Warming to a Carbon Tax
Talk of a carbon tax and the renewed debate on climate change is a setback for consumers and business, argues Alan Moran.Prime Minister Julia Gillard categorically ruled out a carbon tax during the election campaign. Yet, one of her first tasks as the...
Hey. What Did I Miss?
The Institute of Public Affairs' Hey... What did I miss? is Australia's most widely-read weekly e-mail. Featuring the best from the web and the mainstream media in Australia and around the world, Hey... What did I miss? is essential reading.If you're...
In Defence of the Three Year Term
In all of the recent lather over parliamentary reforms and new paradigms, it is curious that more has not been said about one of Australia's hoariest Constitutional reform proposals-the four year term for the House of Representatives.This issue has apparent...
Is There a Spin-Doctor in the House?
Is there a spin-doctor in the house? Tim Wilson reviews Stay on Message By Paul Ritchie (Vivid Publishing, 2010, 240 pages)Being a ?spin doctor' must be among the world's least trusted professions. No one likes ?spin'. It lacks authenticity and is used...
Revolutionary's Road
Revolutionary's Road Gordon Toy reviews Trotsky: A Biography By Robert Service (Belknap Press, 2009, 648 pages)Leon Trotsky is not only an extraordinary historical figure but a continuing political phenomenon. His ideas continue to be read and advanced...
The Mother of All Debt Bubbles
The fall-out from the credit bubble is only just beginning, argues Maurice O'Shannassy."How is the redevelopment going?' I asked a colleague, to which he replied, ?really well'. Almost as an afterthought he added, ?what's strange though is that there...
The Rise and Rise of the Tea Party
The Tea Party movement is reshaping American politics, but its future as a political force relies on the ability of conservative leaders to weld its disparate groups together into a focussed coalition, writes Tom Switzer.When Barack Obama won the White...
Turning Up the Heat on Climate Change Alarmists
Turning up the heat on climate change alarmists John Roskam reviews: Climate: The Counter Consensus By Prof. Bob Carter (Stacey International, 2010, 200 pages)In February this year, Penny Wong, the then climate change minister said: ?Globally, 14 of...
Vote 1 - Voluntary Voting
Research conducted by Newspoll for the Institute of Public Affairs indicates that there is only moderate community support for a change to voluntary voting, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be seriously considered.The poll, which was conducted from...
Why We Love Mad Men
In this age of over-regulation, who are the real Mad Men, asks Alan Anderson.A gorgeous cast, flawlessly recreated settings and styles, and the backdrop of one of the most interesting periods in modern American history: there are many reasons why the...