Ideas@TheCentre 31Vol. 8 No. 31 (August, 2010)
Freedom quote of the week
“A society that puts equality before freedom with get neither.
A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both"
— Milton Friedman
Living victims to drive child protection change
13 Aug 2010|
The unexplained disappearance of Kiesha Abrahams from her mother’s Mount Druitt home has once more put the spotlight on NSW child protection services.
Radical findings or radical propaganda?
13 Aug 2010|
Last year, two socialist academics, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, published a book called The Spirit Level which has had a huge impact in ‘progressive’ circles. In Britain, The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee likened Wilkinson to Charles Darwin, and The Independent was so impressed by the book it wanted to make ‘free-marketeers memorise it cover to cover.’
‘Small capacity for a great city, properly so-called’
13 Aug 2010On 24 July 1912, an article on page 16 of the Sydney Morning Herald noted on the occasion of the opening of a new state parliament that ‘there were few more really vital concerns referred to than that of the traffic of Sydney.’ With a population of only around 700,000 people, it seemed Sydney could not cope. The article described Sydney as a ‘criminally congested city’ and declared that ‘the streets of Sydney … are a disgrace to a modern community.’ |