Category Archives: Australian Story

The university student – 1967

Recently Sinc put up a post to challenge the people who pine for the mythical golden age of universities in times past when the misty-eyed and doddering old farts were students. Speaking with the confidence of a scholar in the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Alistair Crooks Aboriginal slavery in South Australia?

As the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 referendum approaches, and the debate on the Recognition referendum intensifies, it was interesting to read an article in the Australian about ‘myth-making’ (Myths about the 1967 referendum should be discarded) by Sydney University … Continue reading

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Warren Mundine on the Uluru Statement

Warren Mundine had a very thoughtful op-ed on the Uluru Statement  in the AFR yesterday. One is there be “a First Nations Voice enshrined in the constitution”. The statement doesn’t detail what this means but the idea comes from a … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Innovation, Politics | 70 Comments

Breaking: Tom Switzer to head up the CIS

The AFR are reporting: Former journalist with The Australian Financial Review Tom Switzer will be announced as the successor to Greg Lindsay as head of the Sydney-based Centre for Independent Studies. Mr Lindsay founded the influential libertarian think tank in … Continue reading

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Request for information

I have put two requests for information into the ABC: On Q&A guest Lawrence Krauss made the following statement, “You’re more right (sic) likely to be killed by a refrigerator, in the United States, falling on you” in relation to … 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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And yet …

Tony Abbott has an excellent op-ed in The Australian this morning: We read and reread great speeches not just for what they say about other times, but for what they say about ours. Great speeches don’t just speak to their … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Politics | 114 Comments

Trump likes Australian health care which Democrats think is a single-payer system

Australia’s health care system is the best in the world. It happened by accident with Whitlam having introduced Medibank in 1975 and Fraser having been flummoxed about what to do did nothing other than allow a parallel system of private … Continue reading

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The ABC owes Peter Dutton an apology

The ABC has been running this story about a 5-year old and Peter Dutton’s version of events for some time. I haven’t paid too much attention because it looked to me to be one of those he-said she said stories. … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Hypocrisy of progressives, Media, Politics of the Left, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 88 Comments

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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