Advocacy is core business for think tanks, but when does advocacy become propaganda? When the think tank is the grandly named Australia Institute, is one answer.
Australia Institute figures on coal royalties wrong
The Australia Institute claims are emphatically wrong, as shown in Table C.1, taken from the Queensland Budget Papers 2018/2019.
Queensland budget: thank your kids, they’ll be paying
Speaking for my generation, I "like" this budget. No chance we’ll have to pay for the benefits. The bill is being passed on to the next generation.
Expansion of Queensland grid interconnector urgent to forestall NSW power emergency
Expanding the interconnector will make surplus Queensland power available for NSW when needed, and produce profits for the state of Queensland, over and above what they currently earn.
Coal royalty windfall should be invested in debt reduction
Commodity prices are a cyclical game, and the state treasurer should bank them in good financial management, rather than squandering them as though they are recurring revenues.
Don’t ban donations, ban donations from crooks
While there is a suspicion that some property development donations are corrupt (73 per cent), the suspicion is even higher for gaming (76 per cent) and still very high for unions (63 per cent), alcohol (60 per cent) and lawyers (51 per cent).
Donation laws should go back to drawing board – public
The legislation should be withdrawn immediately. Pushing it through on the numbers will increase public perceptions of corruption rather than decrease them.
Folau, ball tampering, protection for religious belief
The Israel Folau case is about more than “inclusion”. It is about religious belief, honesty, integrity, the corruption of sport by commerce, the corruption of commerce by personal interest, and the duty of individuals to stay true to their own moral code, even against overwhelming pressure.
Presumption of innocence, not blanket bans, the correct approach to suspected wrong-doers
The CCC action shows that the proposed property developer donation ban is unnecessary. The cases will demonstrate how a proper political system, subject to the rule of law, should operate in these situations.
Prosecute individuals, don’t persecute industries
If the government has evidence of corrupt donors, it should prosecute them, not persecute a whole industry - real estate - on suspicion that some of its members might be corrupt