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Rafe’s Roundup 1 Nov

History. Samuel Gregg (ex CIS and now Acton Institute) reminds us that Oct 31 is the date of the Australian cavalry charge at Beersheba. Not quite the centenary, it was in 1917. This footage appears to be very inaccurate, it … Continue reading

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Over-reliance on monetary policy risks adverse unintended consequences

In The Australian today: “The decision by the US Federal Reserve to end quantitative easing does not close the era of easy money in the world’s largest ­economy. “

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Public Service Announcement

Ebola is not a serious risk to the west. Hysteria is a serious risk to civilised society. It makes people do stupid and irrational things. Peter Phelps. This is a few days old but worth watching:

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Social democratic peers in Europe and Canada achieved more than Gough Whitlam

In The Australian today: “To have lived through the late 1960s and early 70s is to have experienced an unforgettable sense of exuberance. From Stockholm to Ottawa, Bonn to Canberra, a tidal wave of social ­upheaval resulted in far-reaching political … Continue reading

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Industry policy, shmindustry policy

The Abbott Government has established a plethora of reviews covering a multitude of issues. Off the cuff they include Energy, Renewable Energy, Education, Defence, Competition, industry and yesterday we had a Green Paper on Agriculture released.   Some of the … Continue reading

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Are emails different?

We’ve all be assuming that our employer can read our emails, but a good friend has just phoned to ask the question, “How is an email any different from any other act of communication?” I’m not sure. The Australian Postal … Continue reading

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Private views create no public harm

In The Australian today: “The Barry Spurr affair is terrifying in the shoddy treatment of Spurr; in what it says about our universities; and in the lack of outrage that either has evoked. “

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Australian Labor Party has trapped itself in a shrinking pool of ideas

Today in The Australian ‘What a difference five years make. In 2009, Kevin Rudd called competitive neutrality “essential”; now, according to Labor senator Stephen Conroy, the Keating-era requirement that publicly owned businesses not be artificially ­advantaged is a “right-wing ideology” … Continue reading

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House prices, land use regulations and negative gearing

I have a piece in the Herald Sun this morning which argues that we should not abolish negative gearing on house investments as this would treat that form of investment differently from all others, and lead to higher rents. House … Continue reading

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What about peak oil then? And biofuel mania in NSW.

Keeping in touch with world news on the 2GB Power Wireless we find that Jarryd Hayne is walking away from rugby league, following Ben Graham of the Geelong cats who played in a Super Bowl and the price of oil … Continue reading

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