Menzies’ Forgotten People - 75 Years On

Robert Menzies

Written by MRC Executive Director Nick Cater 

At 9.15 pm on a Friday evening in May 1942, Robert Menzies delivered a radio talk that was to define post-war Australia.

As he spoke, Australian troops were fighting in the Pacific to halt the advancing Japanese. Public bomb shelters were being prepared in Sydney and private boats were being moved from Rushcutters Bay.

Yet Menzies spoke not of war but of peace. He described his vision for a nation in which individuals …


Bill Shorten’s stance on the Adani coalmine doesn’t stack up

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

Just because you’re spending other people’s money doesn’t ­excuse you from making choices. 

Should the government lend $900 million to help lay 189km of heavy rail track in central Queensland capable of transporting 60 million tonnes of premium thermal coal a year?

Or would it be better to splash out on a 12km tram line to convey beret-clad Canberrans between coffee shops on Northbourne …


Companies urged to take the fight to social media activists

Original article by Glenda Korporaal in The Australian:

Australian business must learn how to fight back against social activist groups such as GetUp and the Stop Adani coalmine groups, Menzies Institute’s ­Enterprise Policy Unit director Andrew Bragg said yesterday.

“The anti-business forces are becoming increasingly adept at creating campaign organisations,” Mr Bragg told The Australian after anti-coalmining activists disrupted Westpac’s 200th …


Boardroom is no place for moral crusaders

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

Let’s hope the signatories to the letter from corporate Australia demanding changes to the Marriage Act feel better for getting the matter off their chests.

The thrill of virtue is the only reward the 20 chief executives can expect for their troubles.

They may think discerning consumers “are selecting products from companies that better represent their values”, as they wrote in their letter. They may …


Robb tells business to gets its act together

Original article by Jennifer Hewitt in the Australian Financial Review:

Andrew Robb is clearly not content to have his later career defined as the Federal minister who negotiated three momentous trade deals with China, Korea and Japan.

He wants to see those trade deals deliver on their potential. And right now, he's sounding rather impatient at how long it is taking most Australian businesses to take advantage of those deals – particularly in the services sector.

He …


Modern Labor is seeking to create division, not jobs

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

What was Sally McManus banging on about when she told an incurious National Press Club audience that the minimum wage had “fallen to a dangerously low level”?

If by “dangerously low” she means that the third highest minimum wage in the OECD isn’t generous enough, then she has a point. If not, she is treating us like idiots by telling us that black is white, something that happens quite a lot when …


"Brexit, Trump and the Trade Challenge": Speech by the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP (Transcript & Video)

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"Brexit, Trump and the Trade Challenge" Breakfast Briefing
Doltone House, Sydney
Thursday, 30 March 2017 

Transcript of the Rt Hon Peter Lilley  

Thank you Nick and thank you for the privilege of coming here this morning. I congratulate the Menzies Research Centre on their extraordinary foresight and knowledge of the events! In the best sense of timing, they had gotten me here the morning after the triggering of Article …


Andrew Bragg: A company tax will fuel growth, jobs

Andrew Bragg writes in The Herald Sun:

AUSTRALIA’S Senate can stop us hurtling towards a poorer ­future as it votes on legislation to cut our company tax rate from 30 to 25 per cent by 2025.

There are three reasons the cut must go to all companies in full.

First, “big business” is a myth and all companies should get a tax cut as companies are owned by people. It is not a “give way to big banks and foreigners” as the Opposition Leader says.

In …


Shepherd Review: we’re spending like there’s no tomorrow

Tony Shepherd and Geoffrey Winters writes in The Australian:

Future generations of Australians will pay the price for today’s political inaction if we do not take a close look at our settings and prioritise a sustainable future for all over entitlement for the few.

If we do not take action it will be the most vulnerable people in our society who suffer the most, and we would have failed to live up to the promise of a fair and just society that protects and lifts up the …


There is no time for populism in Australia

Tony Shepherd and Andrew Bragg writes in the  Australian Financial Review:

Australia's history is replete with good and bad examples of how to run public policy.

We have tried protectionism, we have tried state ownership, we have tried high taxes and centrally set wages and conditions.

Today we must choose again between good and bad.

The Senate is now a significant arbiter of policy. It is increasingly unpredictable and at times is driven by short-term …


Tony Shepherd confronts our political failure

Original article from the Australian Financial Review:

The Shepherd Review, led by former Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd rightly casts the net more widely than the ill-fated 2014 National Commission of Audit he chaired for the Abbott government. The audit commission focused on the scope and efficiency of the federal government as part of its plan to get on top Labor's legacy of budget deficits. In contrast, the Shepherd Review is cast as a …


This is the future we cannot afford

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

How time flies when you’re busy spending other people’s money. A decade and a half has slipped by since Peter Costello presented Treasury’s first Intergenerational Report, confronting us with the fiscal consequences of growing old.

The proportion of the population who work and pay tax is shrinking while the number of retirees claiming pensions is growing. The day would come, the report predicted, when …


Abbott auditor renews attack on welfare and debt

Original article by Tom Minear in the Herald Sun

WELFARE payments must be slashed and simplified and the nation’s debt needs to be paid back, according to the man who spearheaded a savage audit for former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Prominent businessman Tony Shepherd will today release a “statement of national challenges”, produced by the Menzies Research Centre, on why Australians are “struggling to get ahead”.

The report follows Mr Shepherd’s work on the …


Challenges Facing The Nation

MRC Director and Chairman of the Shepherd Review Tony Shepherd AO spoke with Ben Fordham on 2GB today on what we need to do to face the nation's challenges.

Listen below:

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