The Looking Forward Podcast
Ep 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

Ep 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

May 27, 2020

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we're joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80's and 90's, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what's similar and what's different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise labour, capital and entrepreneurship by cutting red and green tape and getting government out of the way.

Drawing on compelling case studies from post-war German, Spain, Malaysia and indeed Australia, liberalisation is shown to deliver great benefits. But there is a whole new challenge to be faced, and not just from left, as free market reformers grapple with an intellectual landscape convinced deregulation somehow failed and that Governments are best placed to mobilise capital, and the exposure of reliance on China for key supplies has changed everything. The best responses draw on the greats, on Locke and Smith, and also the simple realities of trade where it impossible to untangle supply chains. Wolfgang joins regular co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg and guest panelist Andrew Bushnell to discuss needed reforms, reflect on the Prime Minister's National Press Club address, and question whether the language of reform in the 80's will cut through in 2020s.

Ep 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Ep 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

May 20, 2020

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out against its climate change studies. The Heretic’s auteur Gideon Rozner tells how the Podcast came to be (16:10-30:56) The ACCC is drafting a code which will force technology giants to pay media companies for their news. Is this just evening up the bargaining power or a catastrophically dumb and outrageous example of government sanctioned theft (thanks Chris)? (30:56-50:40) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Gideon Rozner to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include the hit Australian TV series Lego Masters, Peter Coleman’s The Liberal Conspiracy and the Netflix film Have a Good Trip. (50:40-1:08:24)


Show Notes

The Heretic Membership Offer


Donald Trump’s letter to Dr. Tedros of the World Health Organisation


ACCC calls for consultation to set news bargain between Google, Facebook and media; Lilly Vitorovich and Leo Shanahan


Lego Can Avoid Ai WeiWei, But It Can’t Avoid Politics; Chris Berg


Did Lego Really Block Ai WeiWei?; Scott Hargreaves



Culture Picks 

Lego Masters


The Liberal Conspiracy: The Congress for Culture Freedom and the Struggle for the Mind of Postwar Europe; Peter Coleman


Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Ep 63: A Return To Freedom?

Ep 63: A Return To Freedom?

May 13, 2020

The government has introduced a three-stage plan to return Australians to some form of normalcy. What are these decisions based off and is the uncertainty over the consequences small enough? (2:07-20:30) Sweden has been the most prominent and controversial example of an alternative lockdown model. How does their response shape the debate between social vs medical outcomes of pandemics? (20:30-40:42) Finally, the panel reflects on the systematic thoughts of the late Sir Roger Scruton, asking what will conservatism look like post COVID-19? (40:42-59:59) Your hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by the IPA’s Andrew Bushnell to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week's picks include three new TV series: Normal People, The Last Dance and The English Game. (59:59-1:18:12)


Show Notes

Consummate Conservative; Andrew Bushnell

Lockdowns in SIR Models; Benjamin Moll

We Know Everything – And Nothing – About Covid; Matt Ridley

How Pandemics End; Gina Kolata

No return to the policy status quo: Albanese; Phillip Coorey


Culture Picks

Normal People; TV series directed by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald

The Last Dance; TV series directed by Jason Hehir

The English Game; TV series directed by Julian Fellowes


Ep 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

Ep 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

May 6, 2020

This week the Government focus is finally on getting Australians back to work. But with coronavirus panic still a factor, will the public take the PM’s lead or vote with leaden feet? (1:34-21:42) Daniel Andrews has self-isolated in refusing to reopen Victorian schools, but do health risks really out-weigh social and economic impacts? (21:42-34:54) With negotiations for a trans-Tasman travel bubble underway, what’s the next stage in the long history of Australia and New Zealand’s relationship? (34:54-48:09) Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Research Fellow, Dara Macdonald, to answer these questions as well as share their culture picks. This week’s picks include The Great Influenza, Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis and Randolph Churchill’s Young Statesman. (48:09-1:08:54)


Show Notes

Have a COVID-19 Plan; National COVID-19 Coordination Commission

COVID-19 information for workplaces; Safe Work Australia

This could be the start of a terrible friendship; Katrina Grace Kelly (Fair Work & JobsKeeper)

The Australian, May 2, 2020 ($)

Schools are reopening, so here’s a guide to the situation in each State and Territory; ABC

COVID-19 in schools – the experience in NSW

New Zealand and Australian Federation; Ged Martin


Culture Picks

The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History; John M. Barry

De Profundis; Oscar Wilde

Young Statesman: Winston S. Churchill 1901-1914; Randolph S. Churchill

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