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Ideas@ The Centre 16

Vol. 4 No. 16 (April, 2010)

Freedom quote of the week:

‘‘The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen.’

- Tommy Smothers
  • Bipartisan agreement to defeat dependency
    Jessica Brown | 30 Apr 2010
    True bipartisan agreement is rare. But it seems we have just that over the issue of Disability Support Pension (DSP). Both Labor and the Coalition tightened eligibility criteria for DSP. Both argue not only that we can’t afford to have an ever-growing chunk of the working-age population permanently on welfare but also that many people who would otherwise be on DSP personally benefit greatly from work.

  • The moment Brown lost the election?
    Peter Saunders | 30 Apr 2010
    ‘It wasn’t just that it was a disdainful comment about a lifelong Labour voter. Nor even that it showed up the difference between the smiling public face of the Prime Minister and his sour private persona. No, the real damage done by Gordon Brown’s dismissal of the inoffensive Gillian Duffy as a ‘bigoted woman’ was that it exposed the chasm between the political and intellectual leadership of the Labour Party and the millions of working class people who vote for it.
  • Moving targets are failing Indigenous students
    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Apr 2010
    Forty percent (60,000) of Australia’s Indigenous students fail to meet the national literacy and numeracy standards. The fact that 60% pass proves that the failures aren’t due to ethnicity.