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Ideas@ The Centre 17

Vol. 5 No. 17 (May, 2010)

Freedom quote of the week:

‘You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.’

- Clarence Darrow
  • The Quest for the Holy Grail of Tax
    Robert Carling | 07 May 2010
    The Henry tax plan that burst onto the stage last Sunday was dryly and perhaps optimistically titled Australia’s Future Tax System (AFTS). A more colourful and apt title would have been In Search of the Holy Grail of Tax (ISHGOT). Like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, ISHGOT is a sequel in a long series of sequels. But has Indiana Henry finally found the Holy Grail of Tax?
  • Flat Champagne from a Poisoned Chalice – early UK election report
    Peter Saunders | 07 May 2010
    ‘By the time you read this, Britain will have gone to the polls and we may know who the next government will be. More accurately, perhaps two-thirds of Britons will have gone to the polls, for unlike Australians, Brits are not forced to vote. In the last two elections, only 6 in 10 bothered to do so. This time, turnout may be boosted by the introduction of televised leaders’ debates, which have stimulated some interest, and by an extension of postal voting. Nonetheless, disillusionment with politics remains widespread.

  • NSW Transport misses the bus by sinking the ferry
    Jessica Brown | 07 May 2010
    Long suffering Sydney commuters could be forgiven for thinking that the NSW government and its conglomerate of over-manned, state-owned transport bureaucracies would take any help they can get to address sardine-like peak hour road and public transport conditions. But, based on a story this week in the Sydney Morning Herald, they can think again.
  • Europe not on Chinese Chessboard
    John Lee | 07 May 2010
    The visits of Nicolas Sarkozy and the President of the European Union to China last week is the latest attempt to revive Europe’s relevance as a global power. But Europe is misreading how China views the strategic chessboard. Instead of seeking a ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ with Beijing, European’s would be better off working with Washington to help manage the consequences of China’s rise.