…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I do not recall which taxpayer funded ALP propaganda unit (Get-Up, ABC or Crikey) claimed that Institute of Public Affairs’ ideas are just the extreme right-wing wish list. For them, of course, anybody to the right of Bill Carter is an extreme rightist and today the label ‘right-wing’ includes anybody who can read, write and think. However, I am forced to agree with the ‘wish’ part, as I can’t envisage the conglomerate of spineless politicians (the Coalition) to do anything sensible in the more and more remote chance the Coalition would became the Government. A new, genuinely conservative party, conservative in the best meaning of that word, would be needed for that. We can dream. Or wish.
I received some unkind comments to the effect that I simplified my task in Pretty plan [Fog of Chaos] where the first 50 IPA’s ideas were listed and that I ought to reveal more of my thoughts. I’ll, hopefully, return to the first 50 ideas in the not too distant future, but in the meantime I will deal with the other half and comment on it. When there is no comment, it means that the subject matter is either too difficult for me to grasp, or I do not care one way or the other, or that the suggestion may need more of thought and less of flippant comment. It does not imply acquiescence or rejection.
51 Privatise SBS
An excellent idea, albeit fraught with the sovereignty dangers. Do we want yet another institution taken over by a Chinese state corporation? Perhaps it wouldn’t matter, since Special Broadcasting Service serves the needs of the Chinese communist dictatorship at no cost to the Chinese treasury.
52 Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
Yes! In the first year. 100,000 would be more than enough for the rest of Australia’s lifespan.
53 Repeal the Fair Work Act
Absolutely necessary and easy, but unfortunately not for our pseudo-Liberals.
54 Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
55 Encourage independent contracting by overturning new regulations designed to punish contractors
56 Abolish the Baby Bonus
57 Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant
58 Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
Do Northern Territorians care? I doubt it.
59 Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
There are 32 of those time servers? They must be really incompetent if so many of them can’t handle so astonishingly dysfunctional Labor government.
60 Remove all remaining tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
61 Slash top public servant salaries to much lower international standards, like in the United States
I would suggest reducing their salaries to the Mongolian standards.
62 End all public subsidies to sport and the arts
Reducing dramatically yes, abolishing totally no.
63 Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
Yes, but I think it would mean another Communist Chinese institution. Why not abolish it altogether?
64 End all hidden protectionist measures, such as preferences for local manufacturers in government tendering
No. There is no level playing field and never will be, at least not until the Biblical prediction comes true and the vegetarian Chinese lion lie with Australian lambs.
65 Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification
66 Rule out any government-supported or mandated internet censorship
67 Means test tertiary student loans
68 Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
69 Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built
70 End all government funded Nanny State advertising
71 Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling
72 Privatise the CSIRO
73 De-fund Harmony Day
Yes. Whatever it is.
74 Close the Office for Youth
Never heard of it, but yes. Youth do not need offices, they need honest, hard work and work ethics. They won’t find it in Government run offices.
75 Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
76 Have State Premiers appoint High Court justices
Are the State Premiers less corrupt? It needs more thought.
77 Allow ministers to be appointed from outside parliament
Make the ministers even more irresponsible?
78 Extend the GST to cover all goods and services but return all extra revenue to taxpayers through cutting other taxes
Only young and naïve could come up with something like that. Government taketh, and Government … taketh.
79 Abolish the federal department of health and return health policy to the states
Not entirely convinced, but reluctantly yes.
80 Abolish the federal department of education and return education policy to the states
Not entirely convinced, but reluctantly yes.
81 Repeal any new mandatory data retention laws
82 Abolish the Australian Human Rights Commission
83 Have trade unions regulated like public companies, with ASIC responsible for their oversight
Yes, but ASIC itself needs total overhaul.
84End all public funding to unions and employer associations
85 Repeal laws which protect unions from competition, such as the ‘conveniently belong’ rules in the Fair Work Act
Yes, but wasn’t the Fair Work Act abolished in item 53?
86 Extend unrestricted work visas currently granted to New Zealand citizens to citizens of the United States
87 Negotiate and sign free trade agreements with Australia’s largest trading partners, including China, India, Japan and South Korea
88 Restore fundamental legal rights to all existing commonwealth legislation such as the right to silence and the presumption of innocence
89 Adhere to section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution by not taking or diminishing anyone’s property without proper compensation
Yes, but isn’t it a judiciary problem?
90 Repeal legislative restrictions on the use of nuclear power
91 Allow full competition on all foreign air routes
92 Abolish the Medicare levy surcharge
93 Abolish the luxury car tax
94 Halve the number of days parliament sits to reduce the amount of legislation passed
95 Abolish Tourism Australia and cease subsidising the tourism industry
96 Make all government payments to external parties publicly available including the terms and conditions of those payments
97 Abandon plans to restrict foreign investment in Australia’s agricultural industry
98 Cease the practice of setting up government-funded lobby groups, such as YouMeUnity, which uses taxpayer funds to campaign to change the Australian Constitution
99 Rule out the introduction of mandatory pre-commitment for electronic gaming machines
100 Abolish the four pillars policy which prevents Australia’s major banks from merging
I am perhaps missing the point here, but what benefits there would be to Australian citizens from that?
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