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Retain our privacy, not our data

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 25th February, 2015

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris told an audience at the weekend that "those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear"....

Politically charged English website puts students on the wrong path

Education | Stephanie Forrest
The Australian 23rd February, 2015

"Living with trash". "Protest". "Save one island, save them all". The headings sound like they might have come from some progressive "social...

Sub decision should be divorced from industry policy as choice presents taxpayer risks

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 22nd February, 2015

The latest submarine controversy illustrates that the vital task of equipping our defence force is fraught with very great risk to the taxpayer....

The jobs promise that pollies cannot make

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 20th February, 2015

An interesting pastime is pondering what politicians would ask for if they were granted one wish. The practical ones would want to be president for...

Australia is not a country of rorters: our tax system is sound

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 19th February, 2015

The Henry Tax Review identified 125 taxes within Australia levied by all levels of government. Of those 125 taxes, just 10 taxes raised 90% of all...

You can't blame foreigners for high house prices

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th February, 2015

On Friday Daily Telegraph readers learnt an "elite audit and compliance unit" of the Commonwealth Treasury has been tasked to hunt down foreign...

Abbott's strategy just a blast from the past

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th February, 2015

Here's the problem. Yes, Tony Abbott survived the spill. But that majority vote of support in the Prime Minister was not in spite of his public...

Why MOOCs will fail - they're not dating sites

Education | Jason Potts
The Conversation 10th February, 2015

One of my Phd students is studying how parents make decisions about education for their children (you can participate in his survey here). We...

Time for discriminatory minimum wage to be abolished

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 7th February, 2015

Advocates for the Australian minimum wage system must contend not only with its harmful effects today, but with the burden of its unpalatable...

Economic reform is alive and well, but it isn't easy

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 6th February, 2015

Tony Shepherd, the former president of the Business Council of Australia, could have been talking about the election result in either Queensland or...

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