IPA is wrecking our democracy


The history of the IPA is curious. Many of the key players in its early years are either still around, or their children are. Its ideas haven't really evolved much, but if you want to characterise them, they are crudely elitist, ideologically stunted, narrow minded, science-phobic, greedy and in most cases, fully imported. For a … Continue reading IPA is wrecking our democracy

Morrison needs to finish the job


Scott Morrison has, in many ways, been 'saved' by the coronavirus. At the end of February and heading into March, his public standing was at rock-bottom. Scotty from Marketing was jeered at every time he went out in public, and journalists were daily questioning his honesty, and his competence. What went wrong for Morrison? He … Continue reading Morrison needs to finish the job

The ABC is the latest target


New book with old ideas published In 2018 two researchers from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) wrote a book, entitled Why We Should Privatise the ABC and How to Do It. The main thesis of the book, and the "How to Do It" part, is that the Turnbull Government should privatise the ABC, by … Continue reading The ABC is the latest target

Australia is on the right track


Sweden chose the wrong strategy Considering how almost universally admired the Nordic countries are, Sweden has broken ranks with its neighbours, in the manner in which it has responded to the pandemic. The country has dealt with the Covid-19 virus very badly, and the proof that this is so, is its current death rate. It … Continue reading Australia is on the right track

Morrison handles the crisis


Scott Morrison has had a good month Australia has also had a good month. There have been mis-steps, and mixed messages, and the occasional catastrophic blunder (the Ruby Princess springs to mind), but in a global pandemic we have, along with our cousins across the Tasman, apparently slowed the progress of the virus. It is … Continue reading Morrison handles the crisis

We can do this


The 'Spanish Flu' pandemic of 1918-1920 bears a strong resemblance to the current pandemic. Although the actual virus causing the disease is different, the result of the infection is similar. It causes pneumonia, and people die, in large numbers. There is no vaccine, so it needs to be managed. We can starve the virus, by … Continue reading We can do this

Meet John Roskam, our real Prime Minister


I confess that I feel like a complete fool. I had heard bits and pieces about the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) for years, but I had always associated them with tired old culture warriors, like Gerard Henderson, maybe Bob Santamaria. What were the 75 ideas about? But then I came across a couple of … Continue reading Meet John Roskam, our real Prime Minister

Over-run by Bible Bashers


This country is constitutionally secular. Not atheist, but secular. S116 of the Constitution reads thus: "The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or … Continue reading Over-run by Bible Bashers