Wolfgang Kasper


Featured Publication

  • Does Western Civilisation Have a Future? 19 February 2019 | PP17
    The question, whether our civilisation has a future, will sound preposterous to many. Has Western civilisation not overcome many a crisis in its thousand-year history? Has it not — in its modern incarnation of individual freedom, the capitalist market economy…...
    The question, whether our civilisation has a future, will sound preposterous to many. Has Western civilisation not overcome many a crisis in its thousand-year history? Has it not — in its modern incarnation of individual freedom, the capitalist market economy…
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Media & Commentary

  • Does Western Civilisation Have a Future? 22 February 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Western civilisation, built on a foundation of individual freedom, rational, fact-based thinking and democracy, has been a major driver of progress around the world. Yet, the rules that constitute the basis of our civilisation are now under internal and external…
    Western civilisation, built on a foundation of individual freedom, rational, fact-based thinking and democracy, has been a major driver of progress around the world. Yet, the rules that constitute the basis of our civilisation are now under internal and external…
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  • Half a cheer for hospital reform 09 March 2010 | The Australian Financial Review
    The most telling criticism of the federal government’s public hospital reform plan is that it overpromises and under-delivers. It does not restore genuine community control over local hospitals. It simply rebrands the State health bureaucracies and adds another layer of…
    The most telling criticism of the federal government’s public hospital reform plan is that it overpromises and under-delivers. It does not restore genuine community control over local hospitals. It simply rebrands the State health bureaucracies and adds another layer of…
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  • Time to use a chainsaw on a critically ill patient 29 January 2009 | The Sydney Morning Herald
    Our hospitals are not safe. More preventable deaths occur in hospitals than on our roads. Because of bed shortages, bed-ridden patients have to wait in corridors and storerooms of emergency departments. Mothers miscarry in toilets. Outside Sydney, expecting mothers and…
    Our hospitals are not safe. More preventable deaths occur in hospitals than on our roads. Because of bed shortages, bed-ridden patients have to wait in corridors and storerooms of emergency departments. Mothers miscarry in toilets. Outside Sydney, expecting mothers and…
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  • NSW PUBLIC HOSPITALS REQUIRE RADICAL REFORM 29 January 2009
    The systemic failures of public hospitals in NSW are caused by their excessive bureaucratisation. NSW hospitals require drastic reform, says a new report released on Thursday by the Centre for Independent Studies. In Radical Surgery – the only cure for…
    The systemic failures of public hospitals in NSW are caused by their excessive bureaucratisation. NSW hospitals require drastic reform, says a new report released on Thursday by the Centre for Independent Studies. In Radical Surgery – the only cure for…
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  • It’s the Future, Stupid! 11 March 2008 | The Australian Financial Review
    Do the many people who interact in financial markets to determine interest rates, look at the rear vision mirror, through side windows or out the front? Experience and economic theory teach us that financial markets are dominated by expectations, not…
    Do the many people who interact in financial markets to determine interest rates, look at the rear vision mirror, through side windows or out the front? Experience and economic theory teach us that financial markets are dominated by expectations, not…
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Publications

  • The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist 26 June 2015 | OP141
    Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a free, educated, wealthy society, based…...
    Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a free, educated, wealthy society, based…
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  • Australia’s Future in the Balance: Overcoming Antagonism & Reigniting Enterprise & Prosperity 25 June 2015
    Following economic reforms that began in 1983 and petered out around 2003, Australians enjoyed the greatest advance in their living standards since Federation. But the lagged effects of those reforms have now subsided and the post-2003 upsurge in our terms of trade is being reversed. Neither the political elites nor…...
    Following economic reforms that began in 1983 and petered out around 2003, Australians enjoyed the greatest advance in their living standards since Federation. But the lagged effects of those reforms have now subsided and the post-2003 upsurge in our terms of trade is being reversed. Neither the political elites nor…
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  • Radical Surgery: The Only Cure for New South Wales Hospitals 27 January 2009 | PM91
    NSW public hospitals are plagued by massive systemic failures, as diagnosed in the Garling report. At the same time, hospital costs are blowing out, and may yet bankrupt the NSW budget despite a massive federal bailout under the COAG agreement. The situation requires dramatic and fundamental changes to hospital management—not…...
    NSW public hospitals are plagued by massive systemic failures, as diagnosed in the Garling report. At the same time, hospital costs are blowing out, and may yet bankrupt the NSW budget despite a massive federal bailout under the COAG agreement. The situation requires dramatic and fundamental changes to hospital management—not…
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  • Make Poverty History: Tackle Corruption 19 January 2006 | IA67
    The results of the latest international survey of corruption reveal huge international differences. Poor countries tend to be more corrupt than developed, affluent countries, mainly because of foreign aid is rewarding incompetent despots and kleptocratic elites. It is time to listen to the Third-World corruption fighters, confine overseas aid to…...
    The results of the latest international survey of corruption reveal huge international differences. Poor countries tend to be more corrupt than developed, affluent countries, mainly because of foreign aid is rewarding incompetent despots and kleptocratic elites. It is time to listen to the Third-World corruption fighters, confine overseas aid to…
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  • In Defence of Secure Property Rights, 2nd revised edition 19 October 2004 | OP92
    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow owners to be free to access, use and benefit from and dispose of their property as they see fit, cultivating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this paper, Wolfgang Kasper outlines…...
    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow owners to be free to access, use and benefit from and dispose of their property as they see fit, cultivating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this paper, Wolfgang Kasper outlines…
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  • A Voluntary Free Trade Alliance: How to Overcome Hurdles in the Path of Traders and Investors 09 September 2004 | IA52
    This paper outlines and endorses a new initiative for a Global Free Trade Alliance that would promote free exchanges between nations on a voluntary basis and could become a ‘World Trade Organisation Plus’ among relatively free economies: The Heritage Foundation, an influential free market think tank in Washington D.C., has…...
    This paper outlines and endorses a new initiative for a Global Free Trade Alliance that would promote free exchanges between nations on a voluntary basis and could become a ‘World Trade Organisation Plus’ among relatively free economies: The Heritage Foundation, an influential free market think tank in Washington D.C., has…
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  • In Defence of Secure Property Rights 03 June 2003 | OP84
    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow owners to be free to access, use and benefit from and dispose of their property as they see fit, cultivating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this paper, Wolfgang Kasper outlines…...
    Secure private property rights are vital to the development of a growing, healthy Australian economy. Property rights allow owners to be free to access, use and benefit from and dispose of their property as they see fit, cultivating a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. In this paper, Wolfgang Kasper outlines…
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  • Sustainable Immigration and Cultural Integration 15 August 2002 | PM55
    In the report, entitled Sustainable Immigration and Cultural Integration, Professor Kasper outlines the benefits of past migration. He points out that Australians can be justifiably proud of the successful integration of so many migrants into a decent society, a stable, free democracy, and a prospering economy. ‘Since 1945, Australia has…...
    In the report, entitled Sustainable Immigration and Cultural Integration, Professor Kasper outlines the benefits of past migration. He points out that Australians can be justifiably proud of the successful integration of so many migrants into a decent society, a stable, free democracy, and a prospering economy. ‘Since 1945, Australia has…
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  • Towards Racial Harmony: A New Constitution for Fiji 05 March 2001 | IA19
    Repeated ‘constitutional accidents’ have shown that Fiji’s internal stability, security, peace and prosperity cannot be guaranteed by the centralisation of governance and shuffling political influence around according to who has the power. This Issue Analysis argues for small government in Fiji. Most human interactions should be left to voluntary exchanges…...
    Repeated ‘constitutional accidents’ have shown that Fiji’s internal stability, security, peace and prosperity cannot be guaranteed by the centralisation of governance and shuffling political influence around according to who has the power. This Issue Analysis argues for small government in Fiji. Most human interactions should be left to voluntary exchanges…
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  • Breaking the Trade Stalemate: What Are Australia’s Options? 12 February 2001 | IA18
    Australia’s best hope of long-term trade liberalisation lies in signing a free trade agreement with the United States. Preferential liberalisation of trade may be the only way to break the present stalemate in worldwide trade reform. Author Wolfgang Kasper looks at the key options facing Australian trade policymakers, including the…...
    Australia’s best hope of long-term trade liberalisation lies in signing a free trade agreement with the United States. Preferential liberalisation of trade may be the only way to break the present stalemate in worldwide trade reform. Author Wolfgang Kasper looks at the key options facing Australian trade policymakers, including the…
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  • Gambles with the Economic Constitution: The Reregulation of Labour in New Zealand 29 August 2000 | PM47
    The proposed Employment Relations Bill will prove costly for New Zealand citizens and workers. This report, says the proposed legislation will ultimately drive up transaction costs and risks of job creation, and will hinder productivity. ‘The legislation is an attack on civil society and economic freedom,’ says report author Wolfgang…...
    The proposed Employment Relations Bill will prove costly for New Zealand citizens and workers. This report, says the proposed legislation will ultimately drive up transaction costs and risks of job creation, and will hinder productivity. ‘The legislation is an attack on civil society and economic freedom,’ says report author Wolfgang…
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  • Building Prosperity: Australia's Future as a Global Player 02 March 2000 | SP03
    Building Prosperity: Australia’s Future as a Global Player, warns that it is dangerous for our policymakers to sit back and expect today's economic momentum to propel us into a prosperous future.‘Over the past two decades, Australia has been transformed from a protected backwater on the global periphery to an outward-looking…...
    Building Prosperity: Australia’s Future as a Global Player, warns that it is dangerous for our policymakers to sit back and expect today's economic momentum to propel us into a prosperous future.‘Over the past two decades, Australia has been transformed from a protected backwater on the global periphery to an outward-looking…
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  • Open for Business? Australian Interests and the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) 17 April 1998 | IA1
    This first Issue Analysis deals with the OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate. The proposed MAI will not mean a dramatic change to Australia’s current practice in controlling foreign investment. The MAI will promulgate uniform principles that will curb the scope…...
    This first Issue Analysis deals with the OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate. The proposed MAI will not mean a dramatic change to Australia’s current practice in controlling foreign investment. The MAI will promulgate uniform principles that will curb the scope…
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  • Lessons from the Freiburg School: The Institutional Foundations of Freedom and Prosperity 01 July 1993 | OP44
    West Germany’s post-war economic success was based on the ideas of the ‘Freiburg School,’ a school of liberal economists, lawyers and social philosophers centred at Freiburg University. The failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism convinced them that majority rule and reliance on a benign ‘spontaneous’…...
    West Germany’s post-war economic success was based on the ideas of the ‘Freiburg School,’ a school of liberal economists, lawyers and social philosophers centred at Freiburg University. The failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of National Socialism convinced them that majority rule and reliance on a benign ‘spontaneous’…
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  • Fiji: Opportunity from Adversity? 04 February 1988 | PP01
    The situation in Fiji has deteriorated to the point where new constitutional ground rules seem the only way to overcome irreconcilable positions. The citizens of Fiji, like most others in the South Pacific, have not done all that well over the past generation in fulfilling their aspirations for peace and…...
    The situation in Fiji has deteriorated to the point where new constitutional ground rules seem the only way to overcome irreconcilable positions. The citizens of Fiji, like most others in the South Pacific, have not done all that well over the past generation in fulfilling their aspirations for peace and…
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  • Capital Xenophobia: Australia's Controls of Foreign Investment 18 December 1984 | PM6
    An early study by the CIS which supported the lifting of controls on  foreign investment in Australia.
    An early study by the CIS which supported the lifting of controls on  foreign investment in Australia.
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