Author Archives: Poor Old Rafe

Rafe’s Roundup 11 April

Philosophy in the Blue Mountains. On the theme of Turncoats, Keith Windschuttle will talk about his experience and another talk will cover David Horowitz. Keep up to date with the Shaken and Stirred Events! Industrial Relations. Gerard Henderson on The … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. Marijuana’s time has come

From The Financial Review last week. Few still believe the old myth that smoking marijuana leads to a spiral of drug dependence and dissipation. Some claim prolonged use can adversely affect the mental health of certain individuals, and it certainly … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: The Fatal Conceit of the Illegal Logging Regulations

The Regulations to the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act come into force this November. Importers of wooden furniture, timber, cardboard and paper products will be required to demonstrate and document that their imports are of low risk of containing illegally logged … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 28 March

World news. Tulip Fanciers Trodden into Turf. Dutch courage? Records. Cuviers beaked whale breaks the deep diving record. Late addition. Could be filed under Art. Humour provided by Barry Williams. Local. The PM talks to one of the old press … Continue reading

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Thought Brokers event: Speaking out in an intellectual ghetto

Speaking out in an intellectual ghetto The legacy of Helen Hughes and the future of indigenous affairs in Australia The Hon Alan Tudge MP in conversation with Kerryn Pholi Tuesday 1 April 2014 Indigenous affairs in Australia has been divided … Continue reading

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IPCC flips over biofuels

Growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, IPCC admits in dramatic U-turn. The United Nations will officially warn that growing crops to make “green” biofuel harms the environment and drives up food prices, … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on welfare for the states

David’s op. ed. The Financial Review Most Australians support some degree of welfare for the needy, where a taxpayer effectively transfers money to a non-taxpayer. But many do not realise there is a bizarre welfare system sitting on top of … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 21 March: Culture Special

A bit of culture to break the monotony of politics and world news. Historical feature. Another historical reminder, Quadrant XXIX number 1-2 January-February 1985 double issue. It takes a long time to load [save our NBN] and it is worth … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 14 March

Breaking news. This morning I am having coffee with the Thought Brokers. Who are the Thought Brokers? Leonie Phillips and Parnell Palme McGuinness. World News. Interesting moves in China. The most interesting messages are reserved for China’s political and business … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm: Tasmania – a province of Victoria

Published as an op ed in The Financial Review. Having once lived there, I know Tasmania is a pleasant place to live. But so is Greece. And if Tasmania was an independent country, it would be in more trouble than … Continue reading

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