Wish List

…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

Yes, definitely.

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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See how the time flies when we are having fun and trying to make Australia a better place from the safety of an armchair?

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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13 Responses to Wish List

  1. Ralph Moore says:

    The Coalition doesn’t have the guts.

  2. Ralph Moore says:

    Very little will be done.

  3. Porky Otto says:

    If Abbott does only 5% of that it would be a miracle.

  4. Ralph Saunders says:

    Under wishy-washy Abbott, we’ll lucky to get one tenth of this.

  5. Manteau says:

    Abbott is running out of time, if he is “conservative”, but he is not and is already preparing excuses.

  6. Whore of Balmain says:

    Nice, but just wanking.

  7. Nikunk She says:

    Very good written story, but IPA was dreaming.

  8. Binty Boo says:

    All hope now lost.

  9. Hombre barato says:

    Nothing is going to happen.

  10. Ralph Trooper says:

    Nothing ventured – nothing gained.

  11. Ralph Duncan says:

    So far the Coalition failed in all of that but illegal boats.

  12. Polo Mero says:

    Me gusta este post, disfrutamos de este uno respecto de la colocaci.

  13. Zen Taoli says:

    IPA missed out – Abbott is a crypto-socialist.

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