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Day: May 12, 2020

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Opinion

Roads, Rorts and Rubbish

The City of Perth scandal was a high-profile illustration of how cavalier governance can lead local administrations astray. New research published by the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, however, uncovers how the issues which plague local

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 31: Premier Mark McGowan arrives wearing a mandatory face mask to Dumas House Press Room on January 31, 2021 in Perth, Australia. Premier Mark McGowan has announced a five day lockdown across the Perth, Peel and South West regions of Western Australia, effective from 6pm local time on Sunday 21 January. The lockdown measures come following the discovery of a positive COVID-19 case in a worker at a quarantine hotel. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)
Opinion

Restrictions mask post-election hard truths

COVID-19 has been beneficial for incumbents who have exercised strong and decisive leadership. Indeed, in Western Australia, the McGowan-led ALP Government’s approval rating reached record highs in 2020. But ahead of the election, the question

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was jesus a socialist
Book Review

Was Jesus a Socialist?

Was Jesus a Socialist? Lawrence W. Reed explores not only the answer the titular question, but also what socialism is and whether it is compatible with the “Golden Rule.” Jesus’s teachings on economics, the rich,

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Mates for Mining

What is keeping Australia afloat?

Mates for Mining On Friday November 20, 2020, Mannkal hosted the fast-growing “Mates for Mining” morning tea. This simple idea is to recognise those in the sector, especially those who are literally on the coal

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worker safety
Opinion

Workers to pay for industrial manslaughter laws

The intent underpinning Western Australia’s recently passed Work Health and Safety Bill is well placed. Yet goodwill does not necessarily translate to good policy. Judging by the official statements, legislators expect the Bill to create

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ben wyatt
Opinion

The billions in debt behind WA’s black ink budget

Behind the headline black ink in Ben Wyatt’s 2020 state budget is an indulgent and self-interested fiscal stimulus. Ben Wyatt’s $1.2-billion budget surplus this year comes off the back of higher-than-forecast iron ore prices, which

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September eFocus Shane blog
eFocus

A show of resilience in Busselton

In a world of disruption, automation and change, versatility and resilience are key. The workforce our next generation faces is a vastly different landscape to its predecessors. Stability is out, dynamism in. Some of yesterday’s

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A Road to Somewhere Op-Ed
News

A Road to Somewhere – Discussion Paper Release

WA infrastructure needs long-term reform, not short-sighted stimulus Most economists understand the role of infrastructure is quite simple; it connects markets and decreases transaction costs. Citizens may recognise this as reduced road congestion and travel

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eFocus

How to Fix Australia?

Australia is one of the world’s greatest countries. Decades of ambition and innovation have resulted in the prosperous, multiethnic and progressive liberal democracy that is modern day Australia. Over recent decades, Western Australia has been

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Real Heroes

Ron Manners AO

It is fitting that Mannkal’s Chairman, Ron Manners, was included on the Queen’s Birthday list (2020) and made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The citation for his award

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