Archived publication for 1999
A contributor take some recent IPA publications a little further.
When politicians choose populism over good policy, they are rightly criticized. When they support good policy over populism they are accused of ignoring the 'will of the people'. This is the dilemma surrounding forest issues.
The popular rejection of the republic proposal will probably confirm many members of Australian elites in their horror of citizen-initiated referendums (CIR). They will take it as further proof that you can't trust the people.
In the long history of blatantly protectionist decisions on the media, the Howards Government's decision on digital broadcasting takes the prize.
No less a green haven than Canada has dealt the Dutch-based environmentalist group Greenpeace a massive blow to its credibility and fundraising effots by denying it the charitable status it had sought for a decade.
In this year's Budget, the Commonwealth Government announced the introduction of 'Lifetime Health Cover'. Like the 30 per cent rebate scheme, it is aimed at slowing or reversing the decline in private health insurance.
Despite its many successes at home and abroad...the Australian film and television production industry is immensely paranoid about changes to quotas for Australian television content.
All the great and good told us that the national gun laws were a great idea. Just like the Republic. But what are the facts?
Whether we like it or not, we've already got it!
Western societies are not 'layer cakes' where the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. They are more like roller-coasters: people go up and down.