Author Archives: Rafe Champion

The Governance of Science

One of the interesting features of the climate science debate is the way the academies of science and the professional associations of scientists have mostly backed the official line. Do they all really think that the science is settled and … Continue reading

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Posthumous guest post from 1985. The Austrian Key

By Leo Dunbar, Age Monthly Review, 1985. The economic affairs of many countries and the dismal science itself are in a very sorry state. The Keynesian revolution has delivered the twin spectres of inflation and unemployment. People search for solutions … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post: The NBN is a mess

In the time before Kevin Rudd, what customers were willing to pay determined our internet speeds, the technologies employed and the companies that wanted our business. Then we had Kevin 07. He promised fast, affordable internet speeds for everyone, delivered … Continue reading

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On the road in the Middle Kingdom

In China there is access to The Australian and Catallaxy but not Andrew Bolt, Google or Facebook. Baidu is the local search engine and WeChat is for communication of all kinds. I am here with my Chinese friend Amy to … Continue reading

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Sinc Libertarian of the Year

Reading John Roskam’s letter to the troops last Saturday I find that Sinc was voted libertarian of the year at the Friedman Conference the weekend before. I don’t recall seeing this announced on the Cat last week. Belated congratulations!! Be … Continue reading

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Guest post on Agenda 21

The original file contains dozens of links which I don’t have time to insert at present. RC, Xian China AUSTRALIA SURRENDERS ITS DEMOCRACY, SOVEREIGNTY, & INDEPENDENCE An Introduction & Chronology of Agenda 21 in Australia Graham Williamson Agenda 21, or … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm: Alternative Budget 2017-18

There is an old joke about a tourist in Ireland who asks a local for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies: ‘Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here’. Treasurer Morrison could find some insight from that … Continue reading

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Hayek in Australia

A reminder of times past. Dusting off this paper for a talk to the History of Economic Thought conference in September. The paper mentions the abuse that economic rationalists copped from both sides of the House in this days. Some … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on wages and penalties

There are around 524,000 Australians currently looking for full-time jobs, plus a further 224,000 looking for part-time work. As many of these people know only too well, the unemployment benefit for those over 22 is $535.60 a fortnight for singles … Continue reading

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Marching for science?

Hurry to reserve a good place! Please contact us ([email protected]) if you would like to reserve a place at the front for clear viewing. Send in the clowns! A nice commentary by Roger Franklin. Raining on the parade, a gory … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 37 Comments