Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 3, September

As Relevant as Ever
IT'S BEEN 50 YEARS SINCE ITWAS FIRST PUBLISHED, BUT SINCLAIRDAVIDSONARGUESTHFCONSTITUTIONOFL/ßFRrVISSTILL.Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Friedrich Hayek's The Constitution of Liberty. This event went unremarked here in Australia...
Blame Big Government
Blame big government Tim Wilson reviews Great Crises of capital, By Peter Jo nson (Connor Court, 2011, 319 pages]It has taken a few years for the global financial crisis that led to Kevin Rudd's essay in The Monthly, blaming neoliberal institutions such...
Classical Liberalism's Future
Classical liberalism's future Julie Novak reviews Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy By Mark Pennington (Edward Elgar Pub, 2011, 302 pages)It is a curious fact that one of the most compelling new works in classical...
Education and Federalism: The Last Line of Defence
The only way the national curriculum can be scuppered now is through the High Court, writes Byron Hodkinson.One of federalism's great virtues is that it provides a means to smaller government. Demarcated power limits the spending excesses of individual...
End the Policy-Free Zone
Sooner or later, Tony Abbott will need some policy- for his sake and for ours.He was able to wing it at the last election. Labor had given him an almighty gift, underlining its own inability to govern properly, let alone sell a policy, by panicking and...
Freedom Drought
Individuals are bearing the brunt of government failure, argues Asher Judah.For most Australians, recreational water use rests at the heart of our unique culture. As a key sustainer of life, a facilitator of social activity, and an important input for...
From the Editor
Are the Greens scary, or just unserious? Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Take just two of Bob Brown's recent interventions.At the National Press Club on the 29 th of June, Brown used his opportunity to talk about a 'global parliament'. It could be...
Hey. What Did I Miss?
The Institute of Public Affairs' Hey... What did I miss? is Australia's most widely-read weekly email. 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...
How Much Do We Owe?
Trained carbon-accountant (yes, there is such a thing!) Tim Wilson tallies the IPA's carbon tax bill.In preparation for Australia's efforts to tax itself into prosperity, the IPA has completed a carbon audit of its activities to calculate how much it...
Julia Gillard vs Gough Whitlam
BRAWL FOR BIGGEST GOVERNMENTHEAD to HEADTAX & SPENDJames Paterson asks, is Gillard really worse than Whitlam?In April 201 1 Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivered the first annual Gough Whitlam oration at the Whitlam Institute at the University of...
Let Kids Be Kids
Overprotecting them will do them no good, says Cassandra Wilkinson.An absurd overprotectiveness of our children is being encouraged by our media, culture and government.Our outdoor lifestyle, rugged country and self-reliant mindset served our elders...
Libertarian Escapism
Ben Hourigan asks, does the popularity of TV anti-heroes point to a latent libertarianism?Are you depressed by smoking cigarettes from a brown packet? Upset that the cops gave your teenage daughter a fine for not wearing a bike helmet? Try television!...
Overlooked Atrocities
Overlooked atrocities Hadleigh Fischer reviews Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin By Timothy Snyder (Basic Books, 2010, 524 pages)Does the world really need another book on the mass killings and crimes of the Second World War? After reading...
Relax Baby!
RELAX BABY! Richard Allsop reviews Selfish Reasons To Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think By Bryan Caplan (Basic Books, 2011, 228 pages)This book is targeted at a very specific demographic.It is not aimed...
The Gay Marriage Debate
Marriage must remain a hetrosexual institution to protect the rights of children, says David van Gend.There are some matters which are beyond the authority of any political party to tamper with.Marriage is not a political or social invention, but a social...
The Mining Tax Debacle
Sinclair Davidson on what we now know about the Resource Super Profits Tax.In mid-2010 Australia was transfixed by a tax debate that quickly evolved into a tax revolt. It started in May when the federal government announced that it would introduce a...
Things Have Bin Better
You might think this is a picture of the place where people who don't recycle go when they die. A 'bin-hell' for wicked souls who put aluminium cans in the general rubbish bin, where it is bin night every night. However, it's actually from Newcastle-under-lyme...
Towards True Transparency
Technology may help end wasteful government spending, says Tim Andrews.In recent years, Australian politics has been dominated by calls for greater transparency and accountability. Advances in online technology such as the rise of social networking and...
WhyIncreasingtheTax-Free Threshold Is a Bad Idea
Most taxpayers will pay more, says Michael Williams.In an attempt to compensate Australian households for the proposed carbon tax, the Gillard government has proposed increasing the tax-free threshold in Australia's personal income tax system.This proposal...
Why the West Is Better Than the Rest
Why the West is better than the rest Richard Allsop reviews Civilization: The West an the Rest By Niall Ferguson (Allen Lane, 2011, 402 pages)In 2009, the Institute of Public Affairs established its Foundations of Western Civilisation program to defend...