Don't Shut Down Debate: Does The ALP Really Want Us To Have Blasphemy Laws?

BY SATYA MARAR | THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Iranian Ayatollah Khomeni and the despotic Saudi regime found unlikely Australian allies this week in Labor Senators Penny Wong and failed NSW Premier Kristina Keneally. Wong and Keneally smeared conservative political opponents including Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker and Craig Kelly MP for appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC to be held from August 9-11 in Sydney.

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Brian Marlow
An end to parliamentary rorts in one easy step

By Emilie Dye | The Spectator

This week, Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon passionately defended the $46,000 electoral allowance which he, like other MPs, receives from taxpayers each year in order to ‘engage’ with constituents: even though they are allowed to pocket what’s left of the allowance as additional income. This is in addition to his $264,000 annual salary and the over $50,000 he receives for travel.

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Gender equality quotas miss the mark

Satya Marar | The Daily Telegraph

The results of Norway’s ‘gender quota’ law, which states there must be a 40 per cent female quota on corporate boards, has been revealed. It found companies were punished with a profit decline. So is hiring women a bad idea? No quite.

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Brian Marlow
Is low-nicotine tobacco just another WHO smokescreen?

By Satya Marar | Los Angeles Daily News

Could nicotine-free tobacco eliminate the scourge of smoking once and for all? The World Health Organization (WHO) seems to think it could. Now, they’re pointing to research from the Technical University of Dortmund, which is currently developing tobacco with the world’s lowest nicotine levels in hopes of helping smokers quit or reduce their habit. They’re asking for trouble.

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Brian Marlow
Plain packaging: a failed policy export

By Jack Johnstone | LibertyWorks

We all know plain packaging is incredibly unappealing to look at, but statistics are consistently showing that it is also completely useless – and may even have effects that go against its intended outcome of reducing smoking.

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Brian Marlow
Want more women at the top? Don't overtax the ones already there

By Emilie Dye | LibertyWorks

Lowering the 32.5 percent marginal tax rate to 30 percent and abolishing the 37 percent tax bracket for people earning $125,000 to $200,000 helps women. Australian Taxpayers Alliance Policy Director, Satya Marar, published an op-ed this week in the Daily Telegraph pointing out that this tax cut would not only provide Australia’s economy with a much-needed productivity boost. It would also promote women’s workforce participation and would bring more highly educated and qualified women back into the workforce, and reward them with higher paying jobs.

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Queensland’s lockout laws have failed. Will NSW Nannies come clean?

By Emilie Dye | The Spectator

A recent study from Griffith University has found that instead of sobering louts up, lockout laws in Queensland have instead lead to people getting drunker. That’s right. The average blood alcohol content of club customers has increased from .07 per cent to .09 per cent since the implementation of alcohol restrictions. So much for reducing irresponsible drinking to combat alcohol-fuelled violence.

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Keep Sydney safe: rein in the police

By Emilie Dye | The Spectator

Last weekend, Christie Aucamp-Aschutte and a group of friends dancing to the lights of Sydney’s Vivid son et lumière festival with an old boom box were approached by the police and told to ‘move along’ without being allowed to so much as finish their song. Their crime: honestly, no one knows.

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