Clause for concern
[This article was published in the IPA Review] It is time for a new approach to red tape reduction. Governments seeking to systematically reduce red tape need a metric by which they can measure their success or failure.
Some economic consequences of the GDPR
[Together with Alastair Berg, Chris Berg and Jason Potts this article was published at Cryptoeconomics Australia] At the end of May 2018, the most far reaching data protection and privacy regime ever seen will come into effect. Although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European law, it will have a global impact. There are likely to…
TradeTech and the problem of international policy coordination
[Together with Chris Berg, Sinclair Davidson, Mikayla Novak and Jason Potts this article was published at Cryptoeconomics Australia] International trade is an information problem.
The threat of identity politics
[This article originally appeared in the IPA Review] At the core of our liberal democracy is the understanding that we are all equal. The spread of identity politics across Australia and the West, however, directly undermines this by seeking different rules for different groups of people. Rather than advocating classical liberal institutions and norms, identity…
Too much red tape could keep drones grounded
[This article originally appeared in The Weekly Times] From spraying pastures to collecting crop data, drones are set to revolutionise Australian agriculture. However, despite this enormous potential, calls for more regulation threaten to keep drones firmly on the ground.
[Together with Andrew Bushnell this article originally appeared in IPA Review] ‘White collar crime’ didn’t exist until 1940. That was the year American sociologist Edwin Sutherland dreamt up the idea that the ‘suave and deceptive’ upper reaches of society, insulated by their class privilege, were getting away with untold criminality, and so he set out…
Drone regulations stifle business and innovation with new technology
[This article was published in The Australian] The Senate committee examining Australian drone regulations has had just one public hearing and is months away from its December reporting date.
[This article was published in the IPA Review] A provocative speaker at the 2016 World Architecture Festival has thrown his politically correct industry into a tailspin with calls to scrap social housing, privatise public space and stop land zoning. In the speech, Patrik Schumacher, principal at world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, argued that housing crises would…
Why the proposed tree laws are the worst kind of red tape
[This article was published in Queensland Country Life] The proposed vegetation clearing laws are red tape halting economic growth, suppressing entrepreneurship, and damaging our international competitiveness. The Palaszczuk government wants to plug supposed loopholes in vegetation management law. Their plugs, however, focus solely on conserving the environment. What is completely ignored is a viable future…
[This article was published in the IPA Review] In the two centuries after 1500, the educated elite of Western Europe began embracing a culture of growth. Scholars and scientists came to believe that continued economic progress was achieved through the virtuous pursuit of knowledge, judging new ideas on evidence rather than ancient wisdom. This change…