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Liberal Party State Council

Today, Saturday, I attended the Liberal Party (Victorian Division) State Council.

This is where Liberal Party delegates debate and vote on a wide range of motions put forward by Branches and other Party bodies. It’s a marvellous example of democracy at work.

One of the highlights of the day was the speech by Prime Minister, John Howard.

Mr Howard’s speech made many pointed observation about the Labor Party being captive to the Union movement. And, significantly, he made very clear that Australia should mine and sell Uranium and should open the way to nuclear power generation.


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Discover Capitalism: Tim Warner versus the Access Card

At tonight’s Discover Capitalism™ meeting in Melbourne, Tim Warner – founder of Access Card NO WAY – talked about his work in fighting against and exposing the dangers ofthe Australian Government’s proposed Access Card.

A brilliant presentation!

At the end of the night, Melbourne Celebrate Capitalism CPL (Creative Project Leader), nominated Tim Warner for the Melbourne Capitalism Award™ 2007.

Here is an excerpt from Tim Warner’s speech to the Australian Adam Smith Club last year . . .

“The Philosophic Case against the Card”

The driving force behind the Anglo-Saxon political arrangements of the last two hundred years has been the assumption that Government is limited, and that the citizen is free to do anything that does not demonstrably harm their fellow citizens.

This is the result of a thousand years of political development.

The fight to restrict arbitrary government: the Magna Carta in 1215, defining that the King and the Executive were limited.

The English Civil War in the 1640’s: which decided that only the people could write and enforce laws.

The Glorious and Bloodless Revolution of 1688: that proved that the King and the Government held their positions on the peoples say so.

The American Revolution of 1776: which set a benchmark in
constrained government.

… society is made up of individuals who each have their own
beliefs and values.

They have an absolute property right in their own persons.

That right includes the right of information that they have about them. Any passing or trade of that information should be contracted, and limited by the consent of the person.

The plea that this [the Access Card] is an increase in
efficiency misses the point.

What is the Government doing that needs to be that
efficient with our information?

… The concept of limited or constrained Government is not a
right-wing plot, or a dated political concept – outmoded
by the needs of a technological society.

It is a fundamental requirement for a free society.
It is needed even more in a technologically advanced society.

You must design a constitution and a government as if the devil himself may become its leader.

Angels may be in larger supply than I may believe, but the devil can do great damage in a little time.

… My personal view is that the ID Card represents the total inversion of the magic recipe that has made the west such a success.

This recipe – created by the British and perfected by the American Founding Fathers – is that you give the government a power only on the strictest undertaking after exhausting all other options.

You don’t set out to hand powers to government because it is a convenience.

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Economist Milton Friedman dies at 94

Associated Press report @ Newsmax that Milton Friedman has died:

Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist who advocated an unfettered free market and had the ear of Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan, died Thursday. He was 94.

Friedman died in San Francisco, said Robert Fanger, a spokesman for the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation in Indianapolis. He did not know the cause of death.

In more than a dozen books and in his column in Newsweek magazine, Friedman championed individual freedom in economics and politics.

His theory of monetarism, adopted in part by the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, opposed the traditional Keynesian economics that had dominated U.S. policy since the New Deal. He was a member of Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board.

His theories won him a Nobel in economics in 1976.

“He has used a brilliant mind to advance a moral vision – the vision of a society where men and women are free, free to choose, but where government is not as free to override their decisions,” President Bush said in 2002. “That vision has changed America, and it is changing the world.”

Report This Post post on union and employer privileges

My post on the ZGeek forum on what’s wrong with granting legal privileges to unions and companies: HERE (Link no longer active)

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Launch of Labor Market Reform project

With Gerard Jackson, this evening I recorded the first of a series of weekly podcasts for the new Labor Market Reform project.

The interview is currently available at

It will also be available soon @ LaborMarketReform.COM
[Later note: Now available.]

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Discover Capitalism: National Strategy for Victory in Iraq

Tonight at Discover Capitalism™ we studied Bush administration’s
National Strategy for Victory in Iraq

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Discover Capitalism: Ayn Rand on volition and objectivity of ethics

For Tuesday, November 22 @ Discover Capitalism™ we will be studying Ayn Rand’s ideas on VOLITION & on ETHICS.

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Adam Smith Club: Graeme Haycroft talk on Labor Market reform

Attended a talk last night, organized by the Australian Adam Smith Club, by Graeme Haycroft of the Small Business Union discussion the Howard government’s industrial relations (labor market) reforms. Graeme Haycroft has been a guest on PRODOS.COM

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Discover Capitalism: Gerard Jackson on Labor Market Wars

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 08) at
DISCOVER CAPITALISM ™ our special guest will be:


Topic: The Labor Market Wars

He’s hard-hitting, straight-shooting,
and takes no prisoners.

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Gerard Jackson to speak at Free Market Roundtable Tuesday Nov 08

Next Tuesday, the 8th of November, one of the nations
most prolific and hard-hitting economics writers,
will be our guest @ the Free Market Roundtable.

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