Author Archives: Rafe Champion

David Leyonhjelm guest post on nuclear necessity

Deputy NSW Premier John Barilaro is in the headlines for acknowledging a simple fact, that nuclear energy is inevitable in Australia. Hysterical opposition from those with little knowledge about nuclear power has already begun. The problem with any discussion on … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post on motorists

Australians love their cars. It’s not hard to see why; cars can be comfortable, convenient and liberating. Yet our governments seem intent on making life for motorists more difficult. First, there are the taxes on new cars. There’s a 5 … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Taxation | 55 Comments

Jobs in the USA

A nuanced examination by our Dan in DC. As usual nothing is as simple as you would like it to be. Commenting on a talk about rethinking the unemployment rate: As far as I’m concerned, the key factoid is near … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Rafe, Socialism | 15 Comments

Roundup April 3

Tom Switzer in the Sydney Morning Herald on Peter Reith and the dockside drama of 1998. On the same theme, the myths that sustain the Labor tradition of trashing human rights, employment and productivity for the benefit of “the bloody … Continue reading

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Multimillionaire moochers

An important link tuned up on the Dupert Darwall thread courtesy of Empire 5.5. The green aristocracy exists at the pleasure of green nobility and there is currently no greater green noble hypocrite than Tom Steyer. Steyer is positioning for … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 6 Comments

Rupert Darwall on the Climate Industrial Complex

A half hour interview with the author of Green Tyranny: Exposing the Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex. He notes the role of Sweden as the pioneer of environmental alarmism, the rise of the Greens in the aftermath of the … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 18 Comments

Ideas at the Centre for Independent Studies

Three papers. Labor MP Andrew Leigh’s study on data around effective company tax rates and employment shows incomplete analysis that mistakes correlation for causation. Jennifer Buckingham on the flight from mathematics. Jeremy Sammut on the need for universities to have … Continue reading

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Climate science on trial

Keep an eye on the Federal Court in San Francisco where Judge William Alsup is presiding over a confrontation between climate alarmists and Big Oil. Tony Thomas reporting on Quadrant on Line. The big excitement last week was the so-called … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 19 Comments

Is this a dream or just a hallucination?

It seems that someone just said that it is too expensive to go for reliable power. We should aim for cheaper power. Can someone explain this? Australia should focus on lowering energy costs rather than guaranteeing reliability, Australian Competition & … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 36 Comments

Never mind the Deep State, look at regulation

Dan Mitchell on the Deep Administration State in Washington DC. We have our own swamp as well of course. What’s the greatest threat to liberty in America? …the enormous rogue beast known as the administrative state. Sometimes called the regulatory … Continue reading

Posted in Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 13 Comments