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May232017

Incoherent Get Up! just goes along for a disruptive ride

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

The next federal election campaign is under way. In the marginal Liberal-held seat of Banks in western Sydney, protesters have been lining the River Road, urging motorists to honk their opposition to the Adani coalmine.

The Liberal member for Dunkley is being pilloried on social media in a cruelly photoshopped picture. “Hey Adani,” reads the caption, “Is that Chris Crewther in your pocket?”

Lucy …

May222017

'The Forgotten People' 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner | Video, Transcripts, Photo Gallery, Interviews

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The Menzies Research Centre presents

The Forgotten People” 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner
A celebration of the wartime broadcast that defined today’s Australia

With Special Guests:

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia 
Sir Robert Menzies Daughter Mrs Heather Henderson 
Former Prime Minister of Australia the Hon John Howard OM AC 
Former Prime Minister of Australia the Hon Tony Abbott MP
Alan Jones AC as Master of …

May222017

Remembering the Forgotten People

Remembering the Forgotten People

MRC's Dr David Furse-Roberts writes in The Spectator:

Three-quarters of a century ago, with the Second World War raging in the jungles and high seas of the Pacific, an ex-prime minister sat down to articulate the aspirations for a nation in its gentler years of peace. Having witnessed the ailing United Australia Party he had once led become captive to the sectional interests of corporate elites, Menzies turned to formulate a political credo that would speak to the interests …

May192017

Let’s build our future on these trusted foundations

Original article by Angus Taylor in The Australian:

Robert Menzies’ “Forgotten People” speech was a manifesto for the Liberal values of choice, opportunity and freedom that delivered the prosperity we now enjoy. Seventy-five years on, the ­values remain, but the toolkit has changed.

Menzies’ forgotten people now use a smartphone, live and work in our major cities and regional centres and spend more than ever on travel, entertainment, education, housing and …

May192017

Robert Menzies' forgotten people: a good reminder for today's politicians

Original article by Paul Ritchie in the  Australian Financial Review:

Australia's longest serving prime minister, Robert Menzies, wrote shortly after his retirement that he did not believe "in the verdict of history, only in its sense".

The old man of Australian politics saw the multitude of voices, the differing perspectives, and the gulf between those who make decisions and those who live them out, to know that a definitive account of one's actions and …

May182017

“A Chance in Life: Setting the foundations for tomorrow’s prosperity” with Angus Taylor | TRANSCRIPT

“A Chance in Life: Setting the foundations for tomorrow’s prosperity” with Angus Taylor | TRANSCRIPT

 ‘Setting the Foundations for tomorrow’s prosperity’

Menzies Research Centre Thought Leader Series Event with the Hon Angus Taylor MP 

Credit Suisse, Sydney 18 May 2017

Transcript of Address by the Hon Angus Taylor MP

Four years into my parliamentary career, many people still ask me what has surprised me most about getting into politics after two decades in the business world?

I think many expect me to say that “it is all hopeless, nothing …

May092017

Crusading wowsers are just here to help

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

The sanitation of public life continues with a ruling that “knockers” is an unacceptable word in a tabloid headline. In October Brisbane’s Sunday Mail reported sexual harassment complaints against President Donald Trump under the headline “Knockers come out”. The humourless adjudicators at the Australian Press Council decreed last week the newspaper had gone too far.

The headline …

May042017

[PRESS RELEASE] Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

[PRESS RELEASE] Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

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Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

Thursday 4 May, 2017

The billions of taxpayers dollars spent on schools since the original 2012 Gonski Review would have been better targeted at improving teaching standards and directly assisting disadvantaged families, according to a new paper by an influential policy think tank.

The position paper published today (4 May), Gonski …

May022017

Nick Cater & Menzies’ ‘The Forgotten People’

Nick Cater, Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre joins Andrew Bolt and Steve Price to discuss the 75th anniversary of Sir Robert Menzies' famous speech ‘The Forgotten People.’ Steve Price will be broadcasting live from the anniversary gala dinner where the speech will be reenacted in full.

Listen to the interview below:

May022017

Teacher unions misleading us on a ‘fair’ education

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

The frightful teachers’ unions are at it again, stealing the name of a respectable public figure to lend credibility to a truthless TV campaign. You can’t help feeling sorry for David Gonski, who forever will be associated with an act of policy vandalism that looks nothing like the schools funding scheme he envisaged. There has been nothing like it in Australian public life since the good name of NSW …

Apr262017

Turnbull’s immigration policy makes economic and social sense

MRC Executive Director Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

You can’t say you weren’t warned. Tim Soutphommasane, that tireless proselytiser for grievance, informed us in February of the risk of contamination from “very nasty forms of xenophobia and populism”.

“Now is not the time,” he counselled, “for us to be letting the door open to that kind of social ill and evil.”

Well it has happened, say the commentators who keep an eye on these things. A …

Apr212017

Honouring Robert Menzies’ ‘forgotten people’, 75 years on

Original article by Troy Bramston in The Australian

When Robert Menzies began his 15-minute radio broadcast on ­Sydney radio station 2UE at 9.15pm on May 22, 1942, and spoke of “the forgotten people”, he would not have expected it to become­ a creed to guide the conservative cause for generations.

Next month, the Menzies Research­ Centre will host a dinner at Old Parliament House to mark the 75th anniversary.

Actor Peter Cousens will re-enact the …

Apr192017

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 …

Apr182017

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 …

Apr112017

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 …

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