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Ideas@The Centre 8 2012

Vol. 3 No. 8 (March, 2012)

Freedom Quote of the week:

I have never known much good done by those who affected to trade for the public good.

– Adam Smith



  • Wasteful energy
    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 02 Mar 2012
    Sometimes a little economic logic can save a lot of money – $10 billion for starters, which is how much the federal government will commit to its flagship climate change policy, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
  • Southeast Asia’s American Embrace
    Jessica Brown | 02 Mar 2012

    In November 2011, Barack Obama made his first (and long-awaited) official visit to Australia. Australia and the United States share a close relationship, but this visit was more significant than usual.

    With wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, and the global centre of economic gravity shifting to Asia, Obama came to Australia not just to bolster our alliance but to sell a message: America’s strategic ‘pivot’ towards the Asia-Pacific.

  • Crowding of the welfare state is detrimental to everyone
    Jeremy Sammut | 02 Mar 2012
    Prime Minister Gillard’s victory speech after defeating Kevin Rudd for the leadership of the Labor Party on Monday raised some important issues for those interested in public administration.