Open trade drives prosperity by allowing specialised labour and the exchange of new ideas, a forward looking Premier should not be saying things like “he doesn’t understand how we could benefit” from foreign investment such as BHP Billiton’s investment in PotashCorp. Through the long lens of human history the answer is obvious.
Australia’s equalization system allows Tasmania to install regulatory and tax regimes hostile to investment and growth.
The Frontier Centre for Public Policy is pleased to announce the launch of a new report examining the state of legislation and regulation affecting self-employed individuals in Canada and around the world. Statistics suggest that self-employment may represent up to …
An occasional topic at Frontier is equalization, a very time worn federal transfer program that flows vast sums of money, no-strings-attached, to the so-called “have-not” provinces. While certainly well-intended, several think tanks have documented the program’s policy downsides including the “fly …
In a serendipitous coincidence of timing, in the space of two hours this week Australians were afforded a sharp, momentary insight into the two opposing ideological mindsets that are competing for the soul of our nation.
Ian Plimer, Ph.D. has written four best selling books, the latest of which is Heaven and Earth: Global Warming – The Missing Science. Dr. Plimer was a speaker at the Heartland Institute’s 4th International Climate Change Conference held in Chicago May 16-18th, 2010.
The Victorian Government has all but given up on a long-standing pledge to contain Melbourne’s urban sprawl, announcing another big expansion of the metropolitan boundary for new housing. Six years after setting a “clear boundary” for the city in the Melbourne 2030 policy, the Government has succumbed to a booming population, a housing shortage and resistance to high-density development in established suburbs.
Australian GDP per capita is now A$47,181. That’s about 40% higher than New Zealand’s A$33,682, at present market exchange rates. Even Tasmanians, their “Clean and Green” poor cousins, at only $35,253, are richer than New Zealanders. Western Australians, are the …
A new study on regional transfers in Britain confirms the experience of other countries. Equalization harms recipient areas by allowing them to avoid reform of economically destructive policies.
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