Review - Institute of Public Affairs

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Articles from Vol. 63, No. 4, December

20 Environmentalist Alarms
1 POPULATION GROWTH AND FAMINE, 1798Based on Benjamin Franklin's observation that animals and plants reproduce until they exhaust resources then starve and die, Malthus extrapolated that humans would share this fate as a result of geometric population...
21 ^Sup St^ Century McEwenism
Black Jack McEwen is out of his grave and stalking the corridors of Canberra. McEwen, the Country Party leader who served as trade minister in the Menzies government and later as Deputy Prime Minister under Harold Holt, is regarded by many as a key architect...
A Drag on Productivity
Labour market reform is essential for Australia's future prosperity, says John Lloyd.Decent work is a fundamental human right. However, access to decent work is not guaranteed. Unemployment and underemployment are features of every economy in the world....
A History of Scientific Alarms
Dr Kesten Green lists the 20 most unscientific scares.There is a long and dismal history of alarming forecasts that were literally too bad to be true. But many people believed these predictions that human actions would harm the environment and thereby...
A Little Less Conversation
James Paterson says academics should blame their crap ideas for their failure to influence public policy.t has long been the lament of academics that their self-evidently brilliant ideas and advice are seldom heeded in the 'real' world. Nowhere is this...
A New Deal for Indigenous Australians
Liberal MP Alan Tudge says we need a new approach to dealing with remote Indigenous disadvantage.There is a tacit deal for remote indigenous Australians that is not working.Indigenous Australians have been supported for the last 40 years just to exist...
A Voice from Stage Right
A voice from stage rightDavid Mamet's defection to the right says a lot about the left, argues Simon Morgan.Simon Morgan reviews: The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet Sentinel, 2011, 242 pagesDuring 2008, just as...
Bolt Case Highlights Hypocrisy
Perhaps the most concerning aspect of the Andrew Bolt case has been the complete abandonment by the left in Australia of the once-cherished right of freedom of speech. Left wing lawyers, writers and activists who had previously spoken out in favour of...
Economics for the Real World
Economics for the real world Julie Novak reviews the textbook for free-marketeers. Julie Novak reviews: Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader by Steven Kates Edward Elgar Publishing, 201 1, 352 pagesEconomic concepts have assumed...
Ideology, Not Science
Public health academic Dr Michael Keane argues the Nanny State policy solutions designed by his colleagues have little sound basis in science.The notion that freedom can be usurped under the guise of public health arouses great antipathy in many; often...
Individualism and Art
Individualism and art Tim Wilson explores the intellectual foundations of the art of Vienna. Tim Wilson reviews: The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig Pushkin Press, 2009, 505 pagesCombined with Stefan Zweigs narrative of Viennese life in the late Nineteenth...
Life after War
Life after war Richard Allsop reviews: Return of the Gallipoli Legend Jacka VC by Michael Lawriwsky Mira Books, 201 0, 455 pagesAlbert Jacka won a Victoria Cross at Gallipoli and many considered him unlucky not to win a second one on the Western Front....
Newsflash, PM: Europe's on the Brink
It was surreal to see the contrast between the two biggest stories filling the newspapers and television on November 8, the day the carbon tax passed the Senate.The first story involved members of the government celebrating at having introduced one of...
No Longer Alone
No longer aloneMark Steyn offers little hope for the future of Western Civilisation, says Alan Moran.Alan Moran reviews: After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn Regnery, 2011, 400 pagesAs a modern day Cassandra, in After America, Mark Steyn...
Obituary: Roger Kerr
Alan Moran remembers a giant of free market advocacy.I first met Roger Kerr over 30 years ago when we were each on our respective government teams negotiating the Australia-New Zealand 'Closer Economic Relations' treaty. We shared a comity of views that...
Occupy Melbourne: Getting Things Done
Just what goes on at an Occupy Melbourne meeting? Quite a bit, it would seem, given that the 99% boasts a grand total of 19 working groups, committees and discussion groups. Fortunately for us, Occupy posts the minutes from all its meetings on its website....
Quotas: Just Say No
Julie Novak says deregulation, not increased regulation, is what has empowered women in the workplace.Over the past twelve months gender equity issues have again emerged as a field for active commonwealth policy intervention.The federal government is...
The Assault on Freedom of Speech
The Andrew Bolt case is just the latest example of the worrying campaign against free expression, says Chris Berg.In the first editorial of the earliest independent newspaper The Australian (no relation to the current iteration), barrister turned media...
The Forgotten Man
The Forgotten Man A new biography of Joseph Lyons sheds important light on his role in Australian history, says Tony Smith. Tony Smith MP reviews: Joseph Lyons: The People's Prime Minister by Anne Henderson New South Books, 201 1, 480 pagesIf the life...
They Just Don't Get It
The federal government's decision to ban live cattle exports shows why they don't understand rural Australia, says Louise Staley.As a sovereign nation, Indonesia has the right to run its domestic policy as it sees fit. As a democratic country with a...
Unmet Ambition
Unmet ambitionTed Lapkin says Francis Fukuyama's grand project falls short.Ted Lapkin reviews: The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama Straus and Giroux 2011, 608 pagesFrancis Fukuyama is nothing if not ambitious. He first rose to public prominence...
What's the Matter with Australian History?
The teaching of Australian History is in decline nationwide, but nowhere more than at the University of Melbourne. Greg Melleuish investigates.It appears that the once mighty Department of History at the University of Melbourne is in trouble. A recent...