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Ideas@ The Centre 31

Vol. 10 No. 31 (September, 2009) Freedom quote of the week
The greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good.
— Friedrich August von Hayek
  • Overcoming socio-economic disadvantage in education
    Jennifer Buckingham | 02 Oct 2009

    Literacy and numeracy are not everything, but they are almost everything. Somewhere between one in five and one in six students are barely literate and numerate, according to recent national literacy and numeracy results. These children are concentrated in particular schools and in particular areas, especially where there are high levels of socio-economic disadvantage.


  • Long-term welfare detrimental to kids, says new report
    Jessica Brown | 02 Oct 2009

    Welfare campaigners this week lobbied the government to lift unemployment benefits, after the OECD revealed that more than half the jobless households in Australia are ‘poor’: with incomes less than half of the median.

  • Car socialism alive and well
    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 02 Oct 2009

    Once upon a time, there was a country whose government had decided in all its wisdom that it was going to be good at making cars. It designed precisely one model and started producing it. And it kept building this car for three decades. There was so much demand for the car that people added their children’s names to the waiting lists at birth. Or was it just that production was so inefficient?