Category Archives: Rafe

David Leyonhjelm guest post. We are not all Charlie

From The Fin Review. I hate to break it to you, but we are not all Charlie. The reason is simple: Charlie Hebdo was consistent in its support for freedom of speech. Its editors were not just targeted by Islamists: … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 24 Jan

Who is worried about climate change? Greece still a threat to the EU Greece is actually in the driver’s seat. It is currently running a primary surplus, historical evidence shows that once a country reaches such a situation it is … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Jan 15

You are not all Charlie. A bit of realism on the cost of the NDIS The NDIS 0.5 per cent Medicare surcharge is intended to fund the scheme and according to the feds this will raise $20.4bn between 2014 and … Continue reading

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Guest post. David Leyonhjelm “Standing up to the anti-smoking bullies”

Published today in The Daily Telegraph. It is becoming less and less socially acceptable to bully people nowadays. Picking on people because of their physical appearance, opinions or intelligence is frowned upon. But there are some people who remain fair … Continue reading

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Mixed messages from Winston Churchill

A liberty quite from the Cat today – “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” Winston Churchill … Continue reading

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Guest post. David Leyonhjelm “Give nuclear a chance”

Published recently in The Australian. Barack Obama’s former energy adviser, Steven Chu, recently referred to Australia’s stance on nuclear power as terribly strange. It’s not surprising. If any country in the world should embrace nuclear power, it is Australia. We … Continue reading

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We are all culture warriors now

Robert Tracinski calls it. We are all culture warriors now. He was reluctant to join in because he didn’t really fit into either of the two opposing camps. As an atheist, I’m not longing for a return to traditional religious … Continue reading

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Guest post. David Leyonhjelm “A nation of victims”

Published recently in The SMH. Legally, Australians have a right to self-defence. What we don’t have is the practical ability to exercise that right. Owning any object for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence. Those … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 18 Dec

This is all essentially trivia in relation to the main events of the week and I will not attempt to compete with the saturation coverage of those events elsewhere. Is God a libertarian?. Climate change facts. The new money: College … Continue reading

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Guest post: David Leyonhjelm on Coastal Shipping

From the Fin Review. Just before it lost office, Labor did a sweetheart deal with maritime unions on coastal shipping. It passed the Coastal Trading Act, which was meant to revitalise the shipping industry by protecting coastal trade for Australian … Continue reading

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