Author Archives: Guest Author

A message from John Roskam on 18C

Today Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the Coalition was abandoning its promise to repeal section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, the law that sent Andrew Bolt to court. Back in February last year I wrote to IPA members about something Chris, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Dover_Beach – What is Marriage? II

Some people criticizing aspects of the argument of my last post don’t seem to appreciate the flow of the argument re marriage. Let me outline it. Firstly, the argument begins with an attempt to distinguish marriage from other types of relationship … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Dover_Beach – What is Marriage? A Reply to David Leyonhjelm

In the Australian Financial Review (13/7/14) – you can find a copy of his essay here – DL outlined his argument for removing the qualification that marriage is exhaustively a relationship between the sexes. What is his argument? Well, it is actually difficult to … Continue reading

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Simon Breheny on 18c

On 12 March this year The Conversation published this report on a federal member of parliament who said: “But not one person has contacted me arguing for abolition. It shows the feeling is very strong the other way.”  It wasn’t a member of the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Noodle – Senator Elect Muir’s First Logroll?

In their classic treatise The Calculus of Consent, Buchanan and Tullock analyse logrolling: Logrolling seems to occur in many of the institutions of political choice-making in Western democracies… Under the rules within which such assemblies operate, exchanges of votes are easy to arrange and to … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Fisky – Was Thatcher a pinko*

Right-wing governments are falling into the austerity trap of raising taxes to cut their predecessors’ deficits, harming growth and jobs. What is really needed is a growth-first, supply-side solution and a resounding ‘No!’ to the politics of austerity. Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Natural Instinct – Bias on ABC Insiders; Do the numbers lie?

Who actually appears as a Panellist on the ABC Insiders program, and how often do they appear?  This started as a little project for over the Xmas / New Year period, and then ran into difficulties, as I will explain … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Sanjeev Sabhlok – What do Indian elections mean for Australia?

Voting for India’s 16th parliament commenced on 7 April, with votes to be counted from 16 May. The process takes over a month because Indian security forces have to move from place to place to prevent any outbreaks of electoral … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Brad Emery – Greens still living in a clean energy fantasy world

A young woman rides her bicycle into an inner city polling booth to vote in the 2013 Federal Election.  She tosses her mane of matted dreadlocks over her shoulder as she dismounts and fetches a bottle of organic prune juice … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Global warming and climate change policy, Hypocrisy of progressives, Uncategorized | 76 Comments

Guest Post: Driftforge – A proposal for Senate reform

In the wake of the recent federal election, and the follow up by-election in Western Australia, the need for reform to the Australian Senate is widely recognised — specifically to the voting process, but also the structure of the senate … Continue reading

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