Category Archives: Economics and public policy

The Essence of Hayek (Part 1)

In April I wrote a long, winding review of Drift into Failure. I was very proud of it: in the space of several thousand words I visited complex systems, fuzzy logic and the usefulness of positivistic thinking. It met with … Continue reading

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A thought bubble about reciprocation

Here’s a classic scene: a weary traveller walks through an airport. A flower is pushed into his hands by a religious adherent, who then hints that a contribution to the religious order would be welcome — but no obligation, of … Continue reading

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New Zealand has better IT policy than Australia

Firstly, they don’t have Stephen Conroy. Secondly, they’re not going to introduce software patents. NZ: 2. Australia: Sux.

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Finishing unfinished business in the NT

Aboriginal affairs in the NT has always been a mess. It certainly became worse after the 1976 introduction of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act (Northern Territory) and the replacement of jobs with “sit down money”.
Then came a quarter-decade rule by the CLP, who were hamstrung both by the Act (supported largely by insipid latte-sippers) and [...] Continue reading

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The Electoral Reform Dream Paper

The Electoral Reform Greenpaper has mostly received coverage for the two particularly stupid proposals that are raised: lowering the age of franchise and replacing the paper ballot with electronic or — much worse — internet voting.
Robert Merkel points out at LP that there is an almost universal condemnation of the latter idea by IT security [...] Continue reading

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