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Ideas@TheCentre 34

Vol. 9 No. 34 (September, 2010)

Freedom quote of the week

What Have We Learned in 2,064 Years?
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.
People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance

— Cicero, 55 BC

Evidently nothing

  • The Danger of Disfavour
    Andrew Norton | 03 Sep 2010

    With the Greens and independent MPs both pushing political donations reform, this looks like one certain outcome of an inconclusive election.

  • The Dragon & the Elephant: Five myths about China versus India
    John Lee | 03 Sep 2010

    Myth 1: China's authoritarian system sacrifices rights for social order

    In fact, there is far more chaos and unrest in China than there is in India. According to the latest available official figures, there were 124,000 instances of 'mass unrest' (defined as 15 or more people protesting against officials) in 2008 in China. India has fewer than 5,000 such instances. Beijing spends more on 'internal security,' which does not include the normal police forces, than it does on the People’s Liberation Army.

  • Australia versus the Frankfurt School
    Jens Schroeder | 03 Sep 2010

    Where the bloody hell are you? At the museum and the pub, we just don't like to make a big deal out of it.