Recent publications in IPA Review article

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We have IDEAS!

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

In a democracy everyone has ideas for new public policy initiatives. But not every idea has equal merit. This is particularly the case when the ideas are solely marketed as coming from a certain group in society, as they are in a recent spate of...

A real education revolution will need (yes, you guessed it...) vouchers

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The big education talk started before the 2007 federal election. The opposition, led by Kevin Rudd, said in a discussion paper: ‘Australia needs nothing less than a revolution in education.' Certainly, since November 2007 the Rudd government...

Where's ABC?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Malcolm Colless

The Federal Government's reappointments to the board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation put a political showpiece ahead of corporate commonsense. In an attempt to demonstrate that it could go where no other government had gone...

Wayne Swan vs. The Wall Street Journal

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Wayne Swan's second budget speech was magnificent in its rhetoric. The budget had been ‘forged in the fire' of economic crisis and Australians were ‘too strong, too resilient, and too united to be overwhelmed'. He told of how Australia...

Sinking into debt

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The past few months have shown just how fragile the perceived orthodoxy of government financial management has been. Seemingly gone are the days when Australians could rely on their governments to deliver budget surpluses without mortgaging the...

Personal tragedies under Stalin

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Chris Berg reviews The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia by Orlando Figes (Metropolitan Books, 2008, 740 pages) It has taken historians in both Russia and the West a long time to get their minds around Stalinism. Anne Applebaum's 2003...

The danger of forgetting again

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Julie Novak reviews The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes (HarperCollins, 2007, 480 pages) The quick deterioration in the economic fortunes of western countries seems to have taken many by surprise. The latest...

Pearson's long consistency

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Richard Allsop reviews Up From The Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson (Black Inc, 2009, 416 pages) On a personal level, Noel Pearson loses me on page 336. It is at this fairly late stage in this collection of his essays that he expresses a...

The third world's underground education economy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brendan Duong

Brendan Duong reviews The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into how the World's Poorest People are Educating Themselves by James Tooley (Cato Institute, 2009, 268 pages) Are private schools for just for the rich? James Tooley is a professor of...

The (confused) Future of (a) Liberalism

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

Andrew Kemp reviews The Future of Liberalism by Alan Wolfe (Random House, 2009, 352 pages) Delivering a paper to the University of Oxford in 1958, Isaiah Berlin talked of two concepts of freedom-‘negative' liberty, the absence of restraints,...

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