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Greenhouse follies must end

In The Australian today: “The carbon tax may have gone, but the players have not moved on. For the Greens, its resurrection is only a matter of time. Labor, ever reluctant to face realities, pretends to maintain the rage, much … Continue reading

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Guest post: Booknotes by Michael James

Peter Mair, Ruling the Void: The Hollowing-out of Western Democracy. London: Verso, 2013 The title of this book boldly evokes the gulf of alienation and contempt that in many Western democracies divides people from politicians these days. For political scientist … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm, guest post on electronic cigarettes

This was a column in The Financial Review It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What’s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking the bureaucrat for permission, because if bureaucrats … Continue reading

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I’m not sorry

Every now and then I get asked if I regret supporting the Iraq war. I always say “No”. This is why: I have absolutely no problem with the use of of force in progressing civilisation: Militant group Islamic State has … Continue reading

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Unions Create a Shadow

(From today’s Herald Sun) The recently concluded B20 meeting in Sydney was addressed by Australia’s top politicians and the cream of Australian business chiefs, including Rupert Murdoch, BHP’s Andrew Mackenzie, and Energy Australia’s Catherine Tanna. It also brought to Australia … Continue reading

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Simon Chapman – hide the increase

The anti-smoking lobby are much like the carbon tax crowd – they’ll say anything any time to support their cause. Here is Simon Chapman in The Drum today: A tobacco-loving English blogger noticed that in the 12-17 year age group … Continue reading

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So how’s The New Daily going?

Recall the kerfuffle about AustralianSuper, Cbus and some others ‘investing’ in a new website, The New Daily.  AustralianSuper is using funds from the service fee that all members must pay to finance this highly dubious venture. Recall also that The New … Continue reading

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Smoking Wars again

This morning the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released results for the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey. The anti-smoking lobby is crowing that the results support the tobacco plain packaging policy “This is the biggest drop I’ve ever … Continue reading

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End of the carbon bubble

Just to add to the material on the greatest moral challenge of our time, the following piece of mine was published in the AFR this morning. In the UK political satire The Thick of It, Peter Mannion MP speaks for … Continue reading

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Make the most of your troubles, Tony

In The Australian today: “Defeat can be turned into opportunity if it is properly managed. With budget measure after budget measure risking rejection in the Senate, the government should use the threat it faces to improve the measures, strengthen public … Continue reading

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