Scare tactics and @TonyAbbottMHR’s war on #qanda over @ZakyMallah’s truth bomb: @jansant comments

When the politicisation of “national security” morphs into a vicious attack on the independence of our Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), it’s another sign Australia is racing down the road towards a fascist state. This confected outrage about #qanda reveals the depth of the totalitarian impulse in this government. It frightens me. — Jane Caro (@JaneCaro) June 25, 2015 On Monday night our ABC’s QandA (@qanda) program allowed Zaky Mallah (@ZakyMallah) (a young man convicted of making threats against ASIO officers but found not guilty of terrorism charges), to ask a question of the panel. By Tuesday morning, Richard Finlayson (@DickFinlayson), director of ABC television had issued a statement: Tony Jones […]

@geeksrulz compares IPA 100 point list and Labor policies and achievements

Interesting comparison in the ideas debate of policies, ideology and outcomes. The highlighted items on the IPA list are the ones the Coalition has committed to implementing. Please also check out Margo’s My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies.   And to finish, some mining billionaire poetry: Read More: My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott

Bolt no free speech champion, just another rhetor*

By Thomas Connelly May 11,  2013 Margo: I read with incredulity Andrew Bolt’s begging letter to citizens to donate to the IPA’s fund to defend free speech http://support.ipa.org.au/. IPA donors Murdoch and Gina could finance a free speech fund with their spare change. This appeal is about something else, changing the very meaning of free speech to suit the very big, very rich, very powerful end of town. Shocks come in threes, and this surreal threesome kicked off with Abbott’s ode to Murdoch and his IPA as freedom’s discerning friends and his yes, Sir nod to the IPA’s policy wish list. The Brandis free speech fantasy kicked off this week […]

Missing an IPA transparency moment

Jon Faine’s Friday Wrap. with John Roskam from the IPA and Sally Warhaft from the Wheeler Centre. Broadcast Friday 26 April 2013. FAINE: I’d like a pet plebiscite on disclosing the funding sources of the IPA says Belinda in McLeod. ROSKAM: We’ll do a deal Belinda, we’ll disclose our sources one we know how much Jon Faine is paid. FAINE: Sixteen minutes to eleven on 7… WARHAFT: I wouldn’t have put that, oh Faine. FAINE: Sixteen minutes to eleven on 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Victoria. WARHAFT: Fess up now. WARHAFT: Now is your big opportunity. It’s finally come… ROSKAM: Now is your chance Jon to find the IPA’s funding sources. WARHAFT: …after […]

My people’s petition for Abbott to reveal his other IPA policies

By Tom Cummings (@cyenne40) April 15, 2013 The Australian Labor Party is often accused of being at the beck and call of the unions. Of course there is a decent element of truth in this, in so far as they both tend to focus on workers rather than corporations, and the historical links between Australia’s unions and the ALP are many. However, in recent years those links have weakened (although never broken) and the dynamic of today is different than it was 20 or 30 years ago. But what about the Liberal Party? What of their affiliations, their preferences? They have always come across as friends of industry and big business rather […]

ABBOTT says yes to 11 of the IPA’s 100 radical ideas, so far

Be like Gough: 75 (+25)  radical ideas to transform Australia IPA REVIEW ARTICLE by John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact – and secure his place in history – he needs to take his inspiration from Australia’s most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did it in less than three years. In a flurry of frantic activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare, effectively nationalised higher education with free tuition, and massively increased public sector salaries. He more than doubled the size of cabinet from 12 ministers to 27. He enacted an ambitious cultural agenda that […]

IPA and Murdoch are freedom’s discerning friends: Abbott

By Tony Abbott April 4. 2013 Source: tonyabbott.com.au Andrew, thank you so much for that truly lovely introduction. All I can say is: I prefer your judgments to your reminiscences! Mr Premier, Mr Lord Mayor, Your Eminence, parliamentary colleagues, I don’t want to single anyone out because there are so many of them here but I should particularly mention the Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis who did such magnificent work in opposing the current government’s attacks on free speech, family members of the founder of the IPA, CD Kemp, Gina Rinehart, who has given what I’m sure is the best speech that any one will give tonight, ladies and gentlemen. At […]

Howard’s blueprint for Abbott to stifle dissent

By Margo Kingston March 12, 2013 This chapter from Still Not Happy, John! (Pengiun, 2007) is required reading for activists and people in non-government organisations which advocate for change. John Howard’s government systematically sought to stifle democratic dissent with the help of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). Believe it or not, the Howard government funded the secretly funded IPA to produce a report saying groups who did not reveal their funding should not get government funding. Pressed to justify this hypocrisy, the IPA promised to disclose its donors but it never did. As the likelihood of a government led by Howard’s political son grows, I feel citizens need to […]