The John Hyde Archives

Historic archive of articles and newspaper columns written by former Australian politician John Hyde.

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Investment: Where will it come from?

Economics 

  • If private savings and investments are to increase, then the people must reduce their consumption. However, there is a danger that households might maintain their current living standards and savings levels might decrease.
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The Darwin Water Front

Industrial Relations 

  • Militant trade unionism is not the only reason for our declining living standards and the difficulties of balance of payments but there is no doubt that both would be improve without it.
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The Rules of The Game

Politics  Economics 

  • Economic necessity is forcing the individual to accept change and in the long run good procedures in support of good principles should generate good outcomes.
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Testing the Heroes: Liberalism Under Fire

Politics  Economics 

  • The importance of Menzies, Locke & Co for our current problems whether their insights and actions will enable us to think more effective about solving our current situation.
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Senator Walsh

Politics  Monopoly 

  • Senator Walsh made a case that a private monopoly is superior to a public monopoly.
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Corporatism and the ACTU

Industrial Relations 

  • Corporatism with its concentration arbitrary power is an evil system and Italian Fascism is the best example of that.
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World Trade

Trade  Economics  Politics 

  • Everything in an economy relates to everything else. One industry's protection is always another's cost.
  • International trade is always governed by domestic politics.
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The Budget

Fiscal Policy  Taxation  Budget 

  • The government has already implemented all the tax cuts it can afford and avoiding the real issue of expenditure. A good budget that does not achieve surplus of a billion without new taxes is a bad budget
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Government and The Arts

Politics  Fiscal Policy 

  • Governments are more interested in social messages than in evaluation and revelation when it comes to funding the arts.
  • Another reason why the average man who isn't interested in the arts is forced to subsidise the arts is that civil servants and politicians fancy themselves to be part of the elite.
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Replying to the ACTU

Industrial Relations  Individual Rights 

  • In Australia, a small wage restraint was bought by offering more power to the ACTU and the unions.
  • In Australia, the only basic human right not respected is the right to sell one's labour.
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At the Bottom of Our Troubles Is Misinformation

Budget  Politics 

  • Informed evaluation of issues by a free and competent press is central to democracy.
  • There was no excuse for the media to not report the budget's weakness before it was pointed out by Senator Walsh.
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The Children's Services Program

Subsidies  Welfare 

  • Should child welfare payments be directly to single parents to be self-sufficient, most taxpayers would be happy for it to be so. However, the resources are being urged to be diverted by militant feminists to schemes that will increase the child care costs per child.
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That Political Pay Rise

Politics 

  • It is unclear that countries such America with expensive politicians are always the best governed.
  • Centralised wage fixing will not work effectively.
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The Stock Market and History

Politics  Economics  Monetary Policy 

  • The cause of the Great Depression was not the stock market collapse but the result of poor government policies. The politicians should allow the markets to adjust accordingly instead of intervening and making things worse.
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The Family

Welfare 

  • Today, most people believe that the state has prime responsibility for lesser familial services such as education, childcare and providing financially for the aged.
  • Most families that do meet the welfare needs of their members succeed far better than those that don't.
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Of Fiduciary Responsibility

Cronyism 

  • The state bails out those that are in financial difficulties and are close to the government.
  • Governmental authority should not be used to dole out favours for a selected few but for the public interest.
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Philip Ayres on Fraser

Politics  Regulation 

  • Malcolm Fraser was a regulator when he was in office while John Howard was a deregulator.
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Private Correspondence

Economics  Regulation  Budget 

  • By deregulating our economy, we will be able to pay our public debts.
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A Deregulation LED Recovery

Regulation  Economics 

  • Deregulating will do more for the economy than getting the people to reduce their living standards.
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Confessions of A Multiculturalist

Immigration 

  • The best thing that government can do for multiculturalism is to not interfere with people's lives.
  • Natural multiculturalism and cultural changes offers Australia the best hope of economic recovery.
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Senator John Stone

Politics 

  • Public debate is essential but if Senator Stone alienates his colleagues, they can make him irrelevant and the public won't listen to him.
  • If he does not want to be made irrelevant, then he must accept that no one can be a shadow minister or otherwise without making concessions to cabinet solidarity.
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The Eternal Nanny

Politics  Cronyism 

  • A nanny government needs a big stick and thick skin.
  • The behaviour of the nanny state benefits vested interests.
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What Happened to Charity?

Welfare 

  • The reason why welfare fails is that the middle class are taxed and its recipients. Welfare does not get to the poor.
  • Largesse that places no obligation on the recipient spoils them.
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The Bicentenary

Politics 

  • Too many Australians deplore a lack of political leadership, we need to tell our leaders to follow the best worldwide examples and accept that we will need to modify our behaviour accordingly.
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The Source of Union Power

Industrial Relations 

  • The power of the unions is both political and industrial.
  • A monopoly is only as effective as the barrier that holds out competitors.
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Wheat Marketing: A Case Study of Monopoly

Protectionism  Cronyism  Monopoly 

  • Monopolists argue that increasing size will allow for economies of scale but without competition that is no onus to pass on the benefits.
  • Wheat growers that keep silent about their lack of choice allow their impoverishment.
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Tax Avoidance & Civil Disobedience

Taxation 

  • Some level of tax is needed to preserve society and payments should be made to the needy.
  • When levels of taxation are high enough, the people will feel unfairly imposed upon and thus will avoid them.
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How We Talk About Aborigines

Property Rights 

  • Due to the cultural differences and even with land rights for Indigenous Australians, Indigenous Australians have not prospered in comparison with the rest of society.
  • We need stop denying the best of all our cultures.
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Micro Economic Reform

Economics 

  • Whenever there is an economic crisis, vested interests lose their hold over the government.
  • Unfortunately, some parties are prepared for the country to be destroyed rather than give up their interests.
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Spare Us from By-Elections

Politics 

  • The job of a statesman is to articulate good policies. However, politicians being elected make irresponsible promises.
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Amending the Constitution

Politics 

  • The public has shown that given the chance, it is more liberal, fiscally responsible, less likely to pander to vested interests.
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Partington

Education  Protectionism 

  • Education is predicated on objective standards and can only assessed using those standards.
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Labour Markets

Industrial Relations 

  • Restoration of personal liberties, increased productivity, low inflation and full employment should be the goals of any labour market reform.
  • However, any reform must take into account of the consideration power of the unions.
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Political Corruption

Politics  Law 

  • Legislators are above the law in that if they do not like a law they can amend it. However, they can never be above the principles of justice and equality.
  • A state that confers privileges that it cannot legitimately justify is corrupt.
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Academic Accountability

Education 

  • Any paid academic must be held accountable for the value of their salary and academic freedom is best protected by an absence of government funding and a large range of sponsors.
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On Bill Carmichael's Retirement

Protectionism 

  • For any major reform to be successful, a vested interest with a major stake in the reform must carry it.
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Greiner's: The First Dry Government

Politics 

  • Mr Greiner has shown that Dry Liberals can be elected; the question is whether he can resist the temptation of power and not favour vested interests.
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The WHO Conference

Protectionism  Politics 

  • The World Health Organisation is successful only in places where they have stayed out of politics.
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The National Party and Consumption Taxes

Taxation  Politics 

  • A consumption tax would encourage saving and investment, remove some distortions caused by the sales tax and reduce tax evasion.
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The Motor Car Decision

Taxation  Protectionism  Cronyism 

  • The purpose of any protection is to allow goods to be sold at a higher price and has the same purpose as a consumption tax.
  • The protectionism affects other industries as it makes them less competitive due to the other industries subsidising the particular industry.
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Robe River Iron and The Common Law

Industrial Relations 

  • The Robe River Iron Associates (RRIA) should not be demonised for using the law to recover their company property and their poor public relations should not be used as an excuse to bully them.
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Super Unions

Industrial Relations 

  • For any society to function, there must be near consensus about fundamental rules.
  • Competition with the established rules has a better record than the protectionism imposed by ministers and union officials.
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Player or Ring Keeper?

Protectionism  Cronyism 

  • When private players enlist the government in intervening in the economy, the "ring-bearer" may become corrupt.
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Criticism of Howard

Politics  Business 

  • Running the country is different from running a corporation and politicians that do not make the distinction are dangerous.
  • John Howard represents a policy change that certain businessmen resent.
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Dawkins Tertiary Funding Proposals

Taxation  Subsidies 

  • A graduate tax is not unfair to students as knowledge is a valuable private good.
  • The nature of subsidised education creates economic rents.
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The Perils of Regulation

Regulation 

  • Socialists must decide between their abhorrence of the markets and helping the poor. Only when wealth is created, that it can then be diverted to assist the under-privileged can be help.
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Nanny II

Individual Rights  Politics 

  • There may be nothing sinister in the Nanny state's actions, but she does not favour personal liberty, strong family ties or capitalism.
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Merrindie

Philosophy  Leadership 

  • Bert Kelly influenced the people into seeing that ideas should sometime prevail over interests.
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Wealth

Politics  Welfare 

  • We should be concentrating on elevating the living standards of the poor, instead of cutting the wealthy down to size.
  • A person's moral obligation to help the less fortunate is not removed by increasing taxes.
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The Liberals IR Policy

Industrial Relations  Monopoly  Competition  Regulation 

  • To protect the public from monopolies, the best alternative is to allow competition. Any reduction will reduce the pain of getting our economic house in order.
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The Misfortunes of The Gulf War

Politics 

  • Democracy, especially in America, means that all possible technical, tactical and political errors that contributed to a tragedy will be exhaustively discussed.
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Wheat Marketing: Too Much Politics

Monopoly 

  • When any vested interest creates a monopoly, the price of the product is then raised.
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The Politics of Deregulation

Regulation  Politics  Leadership 

  • Three things are needed for deregulation: 1) A convergence of elite opinion, 2) An issue must be ripe and 3) some leadership is needed.
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Time the Nats Delivered

Politics  Protectionism  Cronyism 

  • If the National Dries do not disown any plans to strengthen the Australian Wheat Board's control over the domestic market, the voter may not have much choice except to vote for the Labour party.
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Values

Philosophy  Politics 

  • People must be responsible for the consequences of their actions. When the government intervenes, there is a cost and should therefore be limited.
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Immigration Hypocrisy

Immigration  Education 

  • Diversity is potentially a source of program but also of factionalism. Children of immigrants would seem to be integrating into Australia given their excellent exam results.
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The Coalition

Regulation  Monopoly  Cronyism  Politics 

  • It is in the national interest to avoid all unnatural monopolies.
  • If the National Party does not want a free wheat market, who will believe them when they call for deregulation.
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The Coalition II

Politics 

  • When the current political tensions are reduced, can compromises be made between Wet and Dry politicians? If not, there will be no loss.
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Reforming Education

Education  Regulation  Competition  Individual Rights 

  • The best option to education is to deregulate it and to allow the people the freedom to make their choices wisely.
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One Australia

Politics  Individual Rights  Law 

  • The state cannot give us complete legal equality. We also will not agree with the privileges afford to the different classes of Australians.
  • However, if Mr John Howard can get rid of unreasonable privileges, it will have the result of making the most of us equal legally.
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Public Sector Accountability

Politics  Economics 

  • The WA government should not have initiated public sector activity which displays the usual inefficiency.
  • The real problem is that that when Western Australian politicians introduce government into commerce, they often abuse the trust that is placed upon them.
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What Price the Accord?

Economics 

  • The accord has delivered wage restraint at a cost which is the higher levels of overseas debt and higher account deficit.
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The Family Conference

Politics  Welfare  Philosophy 

  • Welfare has freed both men and women from responsibilities.
  • A stable and prosperous society depends on stable monogamous families.
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A Heartbeat from The Prime Ministership

Politics  Leadership 

  • Without leadership, Australians will probably not stumble out of our well-established round of slow growth, poor investment and current account deficits.
  • A vengeful man should not be entrusted with the power of the Prime Minister.
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The IAC Report

Protectionism 

  • Protectionism reduces living standards.
  • The debate about the costs of protectionism has been won.
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Reagan

Politics 

  • Regan helped re-establish self-reliance and responsibility as virtues.
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Tax File Number

Taxation 

  • Tax laws are now so complex that no reasonable man may know his liability.
  • The Commissioner is using the threat of unknown penalties to frighten individuals into paying their liabilities.
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The Liberals Won't Tax Gold

Taxation  Economics 

  • The economic objection to an industry paying less than its share of taxation is that some other industry will have to pick up the slack and comparative advantage of each industry is ignored.
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On Re-reading 'The Road to Serfdom'

Politics  Philosophy 

  • The evil to be most feared is the power to force people into conformity. Concentration of power is dangerous.
  • The role of parliament is to check the power of government.
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Rimmer

Immigration 

  • When the government privileges some newly declared Australians over the rest of Australia, the government violates the implied authority given to it to treat all Australians equally.
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In Search of Better MPs

Politics 

  • Politicians have been promoted to their level of incompetence and the only way to cure that is they are only allowed to create general conditions for the people to better themselves.
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Tariffs: The Beam in Our Eyes

Politics  Economics 

  • Even though tariffs lower living standards, politicians use them to win over some voters.
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The OTC Sacking

Monopoly 

  • Monopolies do not go broke as they can pass on any unnecessary costs on to their customers.
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What's Political Important In 1989?

Politics  Economics 

  • Political corruption, foreign debt and declining living standards are the big issues in 1989.
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Civility

Politics 

  • Civility often pre-empts conflict and is in decline in Australia.
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Dowding Goes to The Polls

Politics 

  • The Burke government entered into joint ventures with WA's wealthiest citizens and so damaged the financial and legal integrity of the WA state.
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Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth

Politics  Economics 

  • As Dry policies are being implemented, any lags between implementation and consequences must be explained as must any mistakes or unrelated causes.
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How to Generate Poverty Without Really Trying

Economics  Welfare 

  • To alleviate poverty, most of the poor will become rich only by given the opportunity to work, save and exchanging their goods and services.
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Chile

Politics  Economics  Regulation 

  • Chile to become an economic success story. Reform included reducing tariffs to a flat 15% and substantially deregulating labour market.
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The Politics of Hope

Politics 

  • It is now the time to again make the case for social reform in terms of opportunities instead of costs.
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Citizen-Initiated Referendums v Corruption

Politics  Cronyism  Protectionism 

  • If effective sovereignty were returned to the people, politicians would no longer be protecting vested interests.
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The Potential Cost of PICL

Cronyism  Politics 

  • The greatest danger for the Western Australian citizen is that Petrochemical Industries Company Limited (PICL) is that the state government purchasing a large amount of PICL shares and any inefficiencies in the way that the company is run is then covered up by subsidies.
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Reforming GATT

Trade  Protectionism 

  • The solution to trade barriers is to measure the cost to the national economy and report to the public the cost.
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Corporate Taxation

Taxation  Business 

  • Australian investment is poor due to rules discouraging investment. The tax system should be changed to remove the penalties from investment.
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Housing Interest Rates

Interest Rates 

  • High interest rates reduce consumption by the same amount that savings would have increased.
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One Australia *

Philosophy  Individual Rights 

  • Society cannot function without some shared values and some values are so central to our society that they are non-negotiable.
  • Those aspects of our culture that protects civil rights must be accepted by all and it would be unfair to everyone by pretending otherwise.
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Whither Florence Nightingale?

Protectionism  Industrial Relations 

  • If individual nurses could be rewarded for their productivity, union protectionism would not work, and patients and taxpayers would not be bled.
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Trade Policy

Trade  Economics 

  • The problem is that Australians are consuming more than they produce. Until that is fixed, there is no reduction of the trade deficit.
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What Are EFIC And the Wheat Board Up To?

Protectionism  Politics 

  • When a statutory authority is created that does not act in the public interest, it becomes almost impossible to dismiss the organisation.
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Retirement Income

Superannuation  Welfare 

  • By the year 2030, we will need to allow people to work longer and have to raise the age from which people can claim government pensions.
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Foreign Debt Does Matter

Regulation 

  • Foreign debt servicing can only be possible through deregulations, only then can investments flow into Australia and the level of foreign debt reduced.
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Applying the Fitzgerald Principles

Politics 

  • The Fitzgerald report recommended that systematic corruption is set in place conditions that will prevent future corruption.
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Parliament Is Not A Waste of Time?

Politics 

  • As long as parliament continues to rubber stamp cabinet and caucus decisions, there will not be rational debate.
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Greenhouse and All That

Environment  Politics 

  • Before we give governments that power to do damage to the world economy, we need to be reasonable sure that there is a crisis in the world ecosystem and that any action proposed as net benefits.
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Foreign Aid

Foreign Aid 

  • Foreign aid props up governments that might otherwise fall, it leads to inevitable politicisation of life and degradation of life there.
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Ian McLachlan

Economics  Leadership 

  • Mr McLachlan's H.R Nichols Society address was significant in that it addressed waterfront work practices and he is a future Liberal MP with leadership potential.
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Of Ethics and The Economy

Economics  Politics 

  • In this current climate, our government places electoral interests ahead of policies that will benefit society overall.
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The Pilots and The Libs IR Policy

Industrial Relations  Politics 

  • The whole point of the Liberal policy was the salary of pilots should be market driven but the leader of the Liberal party missed the opportunity to educate the Australian people on the least painful way to bring the current account into balance.
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On Not Subsidising Ansett

Protectionism  Industrial Relations 

  • Since the Prime Minister cannot subsidise every everyone that has been disadvantaged by a strike, he should not subsidise the wealthy that have the ear of the government.
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Senator Walsh

Politics  Economics  Regulation 

  • Until we deregulate and privatise, our economic growth remains modest.
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Youth Employment

Industrial Relations 

  • Many government programs subsidise employers to hire apprentices. This is admitting that young, unskilled employees are overpriced due to the minimum wage.
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The Rake's Progress

Industrial Relations  Competition 

  • The rhetoric against the Australian Federation of Air Pilots is unfair. They are not the enemy, they should be left to be dealt with by market forces.
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WorkCare And the RSI Epidemic

Subsidies  Politics 

  • Any illness, where the treatment is free or subsidised, tends to record a higher level of occurrence.
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Interest Rates Are Not Doing the Job

Interest Rates  Economics  Business 

  • When there is not a need to rely on interest rates to kill demand, the inflow of foreign investment will fall.
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Principle of Limits

Politics 

  • Politicians that do not accept limits to their power, tend to be corrupted as they turn public authority to benefit themselves.
  • Power tripping has done immense damage to our economy and to the standing of our political institutions.
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Des Moore

Economics  Monetary Policy 

  • Des Moore of the IPA had two recommendations: 1) debt does matter 2) monetary policy must be tightened.
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Coronation Hill and Conservation

Environment 

  • Miners are ordinary people who for the most part, love nature. By demonising them, environmentalists gave up the chance for BHP to use its resources for their cause.
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The Liberal's Tax and Spending Policy

Taxation  Fiscal Policy  Politics 

  • The overall thrust of the policy is pro-employment but falls well short of solutions for the problems outlined. Nevertheless, it is a step in the right direction.
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The Annual Convention of The Industrial Relations Society of WA (Inc)

Industrial Relations 

  • The fundamental reason why the labour market deregulation has not proceeded was indicated by a trade union official belief that most of society cannot get along. Unfortunately, he did not believe that most of society would appreciate directing their own affairs.
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Political Corruption

Politics  Cronyism 

  • If there had been proper parliamentary disclosure, there would not have been case of political corruption such as WA Inc.
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Those Vietnamese Refugees

Immigration  Economics 

  • The immigration of any group that is willing to integrate into Australian society is good as the group will enrich the economy and society.
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Howard Back

Politics  Leadership 

  • The Liberal Party's trouble is that it has bad faith not a lack of talent.
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Joining East Asia

Economics  Trade 

  • The most important lesson that we can learn is the export orientation for the most successful countries is high and even going to the extent of subsidising exports.
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Victory Without Blood

Politics 

  • With the collapse of communism, millions of people gained a measure of freedom without bloodshed.
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Healthcare, Unions, Solidarity and Conflict

Industrial Relations  Healthcare 

  • One characteristic of a protected industry is that few of the decision makers have to bear the consequence of their decisions.
  • Another characteristic is that authority is used to set prices instead of demand and supply determining prices.
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What Right to Strike?

Industrial Relations 

  • Any strike is a collusion by employees to raise the price of their labour and there is no inherent human right to do so.
  • Sanctions that clearly subtract from other people's rights should be illegal.
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Roger Douglas' Way

Politics 

  • Mr Roger Douglas, the New Zealand Finance Minister has implemented radical market reforms to make a prosperous New Zealand a distinct possibility.
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Roger Douglas II

Politics  Economics 

  • To fix the economy, our political leaders may look to New Zealand's former Finance Minister who has led market reforms to their economy.
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Wheat Market Deregulation

Regulation  Politics 

  • Wheat market reform was due to the persistence and courage of a Labour Party Minister, Mr John Kerin.
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The Dries 10 Years On

Politics 

  • Most dries hoped that difficult questions went away so that they stopped costing the Liberal Party votes.
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Business Ethics

Business  Competition 

  • We tend to think the bankruptcy causes unemployment and loss of assets, by bailing out bankrupt companies, we subvert the ethics of the free market in redistributing over-valued assets under new management.
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Wool Stocks

Protectionism  Regulation 

  • Minimum prices reduce the volume consumed; a more radical reform will be the abolishment of the wool reserve price.
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The Good Fight

Economics  Politics 

  • Austin Stewart Holmes was one of Australia's finest civil servants and a true servant to democracy.
  • Mr Holmes was an honest true servant to democracy.
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Competitive Federalism

Politics  Taxation 

  • The public suffers a bigger government than it would had the States be willing to raise their own tax revenue as the Federal government is able to raise more taxes than the individual States.
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The Greens Crying Wolf

Environment  Regulation 

  • Even with land degradation being a serious issue, most cases can be avoided by individuals managing their own affairs in an orderly manner. We do not need a totalitarian organisation telling farmers what to do with their land.
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The Tortoise and The Hare

Economics  Politics  Leadership 

  • The fundamental fact of democratic politics is that any support for change must be generated by the leadership explaining the changes to the people.
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Hospitals

Healthcare 

  • The reform of healthcare insurance is difficult because people are afraid of big medical bills and a lack of knowledge about their options.
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Carmen Gets Supply

Politics 

  • For Dr Carmen Lawrence, the new premier to restore trust she has to:
  • Ensure that her party members understand the real nature of past indiscretions.
  • Publicise an accurate accounting of the current state of affairs.
  • Restore the professionalism of the civil service and be frank with parliament.
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Trade Policy: The Litmus Test

Industrial Relations  Trade 

  • Free trade has always been in Australia's best interests. The Liberal's trade policy has called for Australia economy to be integrated internationally by the year 2000.
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The Worst Possible Election Result

Politics  Cronyism 

  • The general thrust of the Democrats policy is extremely irresponsible. Anyone considering voting for the democrats should study their policies, which pander to vested interests.
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Dick Klugman

Politics  Leadership 

  • Dick Klugman, a Labour MP is retiring this election, he has been a voice of sanity and his greatest success according to him has been influencing his colleagues to look more critically at commonly accepted propositions.
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Some Budget Cuts

Budget  Economics 

  • We might have more confidence in the political parties if they would face up to economic problems instead of just promises to spend more.
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The Small Business Lobby

Economics  Politics  Business 

  • The corporatist style of government has failed, and the best thing of small business owners is to have a level playing field.
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For Whom Do We Vote?

Politics 

  • While it is unfortunate that our votes cannot change the balance of power within the political parties but that does not absolve us from choosing wisely.
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Where Do the Liberals Go from Here?

Politics  Philosophy 

  • The underlying issue in the Liberal Party is that it's members do not believe in anything.
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What Was the Green Vote Worth to Labour?

Politics 

  • It is unlikely that the Greens gave the victory to the Labour Party, we need to wait for the party professionals to report.
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Protection: The Politics of Privilege

Politics 

  • The essence of a Banana Republic is privilege and poverty is the symptom of that disease.
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The WA Auditor General

Politics  Cronyism 

  • There needs to be an extra-parliamentary inquiry so that the real lessons of WA Inc will be taught to future administrators so that future governments will know how to conduct themselves.
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By the Year 2000

Politics  Economics  Philosophy 

  • The most significant changes will be our own attitudes and the sort of society we have in the 2000s will be of our own making.
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Mr Greiner's Environment

Environment 

  • Mr Greiner's 'Earth Day' speech outlined an approach to environmental management that doesn't prevent the achievement of other values which most people hold dear.
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Wool Again

Protectionism 

  • Buffer stock for any protected industry fails and it gets strong nations into trouble.
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The Governor General's Speech and The OECD Report

Politics 

  • The Governor General's speech committed the government to economic reform but did not give the impression that the Government had policies to deal with urgent issues.
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Immigration and The Environment (requested by David Armstrong)

Environment  Immigration  Collectivism  Property Rights 

  • The average collectivist greens person does not want to increase immigration either because of greed or prejudice. However, a larger population will preserve the environment if a system of private property rights is maintained.
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Responsible Government

Politics 

  • Ministers ought to be removed for breaking policy, lying to Parliament and if they fail in area of competence.
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Tiananmen Square

Politics 

  • Democracy is not concerned about political succession compared to totalitarianism. As a nation's citizen become wealthier, they tend to demand democracy.
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Wool Yet Again

Protectionism  Politics 

  • The people responsible for raising the floor price are now blaming everyone else but themselves for the injury done to the woolgrowers.
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Sharabhron Ardeshiran v Robe River Iron Associates

Industrial Relations  Business 

  • The legislation enshrines anti-business prejudice even though it was intended to address prejudice.
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Our Sort of Culture

Immigration 

  • The ultimate purpose of the immigration/refugee policy should be to permit as many people as possible to enjoy liberty and prosperity as Australian can offer them.
  • The selection criteria can be improved by making it as objective as possible.
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Education: An Outsider's View

Education 

  • Schooling fails to educate because it is often banal. Most students and teachers are bored by the syllabus.
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Supply

Politics 

  • Parliament's most vital task is the election of the principle minister and to withhold or grant the supply of government funds.
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The Defeat of Political Power

Politics 

  • The more we embrace the trend towards openness, the more we become free from constrains by the government.
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Inflation

Economics  Currencies & Commodities 

  • To prevent inflation, people must be given reason to expect that prices of things they buy will stop rising.
  • Currency management should be done independently from the government by the Reserve Bank and the board of the Reserve Bank held to account.
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Telecom

Monopoly 

  • Telecom is Australia's biggest state-backed monopoly. It should be broken up and privatised. However, the biggest opposition to such a plan is political not economic with 85,000 employees.
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Dr Bruce Ames

Environment 

  • Dr Bruce Ames is a scientist that has specialised in carcinogens and he has indicated that we consume trace amounts of deadly chemicals and we should vary our diet to ensure the exposure is remains small.
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Ad Hominem Attack and Politics

Politics 

  • Ad Hominem politics has it place, we should seek to establish that place and have rules that will keep it within the bounds of decency.
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The Underclass

Politics  Welfare 

  • It is necessary to distinguish between the battlers and those that do not want to work hard and change their environment.
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Strong Government

Politics  Philosophy  Law 

  • We should not slavishly follow any other country, but we can learn from some. The legal and moral restrains that support a free-market economy should be reformed to make them better.
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Donald Trump Must Be an Australian*

Politics  Law 

  • One possible consequence of current corporate troubles is new laws that constrains the honest, enables the dishonest and raises inefficiencies. Donald Trump might consider emigrating to Australia.
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Colebatch's Return of The Heroes

Leadership  Philosophy 

  • The average Australian will still defend freedom.
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The Liberals Show Some Guts

Politics 

  • One test of an Opposition party's relevance is the degree to which the Government adopts its policies.
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Privatisation

Politics  Competition 

  • As New Zealand and New South Wales have shown, it is possible to make enormous public section efficiency gains by rigorous accounting and management practices and by allowing private firms to compete with the public sector.
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Oh! Where Have All the Industries Gone?

Taxation  Politics 

  • The lesson is blatantly obvious. Businesses and skilled labour are mobile and are increasingly becoming more so. Governments that do not offer a commercial environment that are attractive as any other state stands to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
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What Do We Want from Privatisation?

Protectionism  Regulation  Subsidies  Business 

  • The reason why Government privatise public companies is to make them more efficient. The reason why they don't is that they fear the wrath of employees and the subsidised consumers.
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Modest Members

Politics 

  • Ideas are not caught, they are given. Political Ideas can have powerful consequences and a club-like activity is one effective means of propagating ideas.
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Risk

Currencies & Commodities  Business 

  • Although new technologies bring risks, they also confer benefits and the two cannot be separated. Nuclear power generation is the cheapest form of power generation and would elevate the pressure on coal and oil supplies.
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Wool Again

Protectionism  Economics 

  • The demand for wool is elastic due to substitutes, there is no reason why the wool industry should have price controls in place.
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The Uruguay Round: A Fool's Dialogue?

Protectionism 

  • Policies that increase living standards are called "sacrifices". Fortunately, not every country does so all the time.
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SGIC

Politics  Law 

  • Civil authority relies on trust and the true cost to WA society is the potential damage to legislative authority.
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Privilege

Politics 

  • The attacks on liberal policy are dishonest; those that are unable to discredit the ideas often obfuscate and misrepresent the ideas and confusing even Liberal Party members themselves.
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Australia's New Protectionism

Protectionism  Competition 

  • Control over exports is reserved to the Federal Government. There is much it can do to improve competitiveness without creating more privileges.
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Doomsaying

Economics 

  • Markets provide feedback for us to correct past mistakes and embrace new opportunities. By taking what doomsayers at their own value, if we implement policies that restrict opportunities, we place our society in real danger.
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The Wrigley Report

Budget  Defence 

  • The Wrigley Report questions the way that Australia spends on its defence forces. It raises questions that no one has the answers to.
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Rural Inconsistency

Protectionism  Economics 

  • It is hypocritical for Liberals to advocate for a free-market approach yet refuse to abolish the reserve price for wool.
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The Family in The Welfare State

Welfare 

  • We should not be discriminating between separated and divorced families the same as intact families.
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The New-Right Think-Tank

Politics 

  • Think-tanks are able to advocate for policies which politicians cannot. Think-tanks exist because of a weakness inherent in politics.
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What Sort of Immigrants?

Immigration 

  • If we do not improve our immigration policy, we will become more worried about emigration than immigration.
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Compassion

Welfare 

  • The meaning of Compassion has been corrupted to mean the sort of blame assignment instead of helping others without expectation of reward.
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Income Tax

Taxation 

  • Although a consumption tax is a better tax base than income tax, it is difficult to administer. The best solution would be to minimise government spending.
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The Green's Vote

Politics  Environment 

  • The Coalition lost the chance to win the votes of ordinary sensible environmentalists, it could have announced the best possible combination of environmentalism and jobs.
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The Education Problem

Education 

  • The issue with education is that it is a monopoly which is compulsory for children to attend and which parents have limited power.
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The Welfare Monopoly

Welfare 

  • Governments find it hard to advocate welfare reform without being accused of abandoning the welfare system itself.
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Appeasement Does Not Work

Defence 

  • War should not be avoided at all costs, had Hitler been stopped early, we might have avoided a world war.
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Of Debt and Protection

Economics  Trade  Competition 

  • If Australia is to become internationally competitive, we need to reduce tariffs as well as our debt levels.
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Anti-Competitive Behaviour in The Health-Care Industry

Protectionism  Healthcare  Competition  Welfare 

  • Politicians must face the political problem posed by wealthy, high-risk users of Medicare who would be worse off should the system be made more competitive and fairer. Politicians cannot compensate all and will have to decide who cannot afford to lose Medicare benefits.
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Re-regulating The Banks

Regulation 

  • The market should help investors distinguish between high-risk investments masquerading as low-risk investments, however, regulations and public ownership is not the answer.
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Of Uranium and Wool

Protectionism  Currencies & Commodities 

  • Australians have learnt that we cannot control the behaviour of the rest of the world and we would be better off selling uranium that we produce to parties that are strictly vetted.
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