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6a012876778d82970c0147e11fddfd970b-120wiTim Andrews ponders which sites should be included on the Menzies House blogroll…

As I indicated in yesterday's post, I'm going to attempt to revive the Menzies House Blogroll, and would be interested in your suggestions as to what I ought include. Unfortunately, due to space restrictions, I shall have to keep the list relatively small, and as such, won't be able to include the websites of all of our friends and contributors, for which I apologies in advance, but hopefully will be able to have a good, albeit small, list!

Here's what I'm thinking so far (and I'm deliberately trying to limit this and not include Tim Blair, Andrew Bolt, and other prominent writers I'm sure everyone would subscribe to already). Let me know what I've missed!

Catallaxy Files –  Australia's premier libertarian free-market economist blog, constantly full of great wisdom and insight and with very high caliber writers

Dick Puddlecoate – I only recently discovered this UK based blog, but it's rapidly become one of my favourites for its constant exposure of the evils of the nanny state, and its no-holds-barred approach. Highly recommended. 

Free Range Kids – This is the blog of Lenore Skenazy, hero and patron of all concerned about the deleterious affects of over-protective parenting.  This is something I've written about on numerous occasions, I've constantly cited her work before in Best of The Web, as she truly is an inspiring figure, and the blog is a must read.

Velvet Glove, Iron Fist - written by Christopher Snowdon, author of the book by the same name on the history of anti-smoking nanny-state paternalism, as well as The Spirit Level Delusion (which demolished the lies in the the crypto-communist Spirit Level), this site is well written, funny, and takes a razor to the left. 

Andrew Norton – I think there can be little doubt that Andrew Norton is the leading voice on tertiary education in the Australian blogosphere, and worth reading just for that, but his blog also covers other matters occasionally from a classical liberal perspective. 

The Australian Conservative – Name says it all! 

Big Brother Watch –  A project of the UK based taxpayers alliance, Big Brother Watch fights injustice and campaigns to protect civil liberties and personal freedoms, pointing out government intrusions into our lives not just in the UK, but around the world. 

Cory Bernardi – Senator Bernardi was very kind to provide the startup capital to launch Menzies House, and has been a good friend and supporter to us throughout our history. His blog is a great example of true small government conservatism, and well worth a read. 

Quadrant Online – Quadrant has been Australia's leading intellectual monthly for decades, and for good reason. This is their blog. 

Thoughts on Freedom – the official blog of the Australian Libertarian Society.

Economics.org.au – Your best source for ultra-hard-core free market economics in Australia, with a healthy dose of anarcho-capitalism thrown into the mix. 

Conservative Home – The British site that was the inspiration for Menzies House! 

So. Please tell me who I missed, and justify their addition! 🙂

Also, not for inclusion in our blogroll, but you should all go and check out Fear and Loathing in Georgetown, as well as The Other McCain. Why? Because they're good people, have good blogs, and, most importantly, because I said so. So do it! DO IT NOW! 

Tim Andrews is a Washington DC based political consultant, and the acting Editor-in-Chief of Menzies House. He has formally served as President of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation, as a Fellow at Americans for Tax Reform, and as a participant in the Koch Associate Program. His personal blog is Musings of an Australian Classical Liberal in Washington DC.

Abbott lauds cheaper broadband plan

The Coalition announced its new broadband plan yesterday as an alternative to the governments $43 billion NBN. The ABC reports:

Broadband represents a major point of difference between the two major parties in the election campaign, with the Opposition today saying it would scrap Labor's $43 billion National Broadband Network (NBN) if elected.

The Coalition says it would instead spend $6 billion to encourage the private sector to expand internet services across the country.

While admitting his lack of "technical competence", Mr Abbott spruiked his party's plan on ABC1's 7:30 Report.

"I accept that not everyone is going to like our system," he said.

"But I just don't believe you can trust this Government to roll out a $43 billion bit of infrastructure.

"I think we can do something that will be good for a lot less.

"Our system is going to cost vastly less, but it will be there quicker than Labor's system and it doesn't put all Australia's eggs in the basket of one particular technology."

Mr Abbott says the NBN is part of one of Labor's "big bang spending sprees".

"You can't trust the Government that couldn't deliver school halls and couldn't get pink batts into roofs to deliver this highly sophisticated national network," he said.

"This Government hasn't got anything else right. Why do we say they're going to get this right?"

Under the Coalition's plan, 97 per cent of homes would have access to networks which would deliver broadband at speeds of between 12 Mega bits per second (Mbps) and 100Mbps by 2016 through a combination of technologies.

The Government's fibre-optic network would offer speeds of 100Mbps to much of the country and is due to be completed by 2018.

via www.abc.net.au

It's all a little bit over my head, but $43 billion is a massive government investment to be making when we're borrowing the amount of money we are at the moment. And forgive my glass-half-full approach to this, but the NBN won't be delivered for eight years. Eight years ago I had dial-up internet and was using floppy disks. It's anyone's guess where global communications technology will be in 2018. Is the massively expensive NBN really an investment in the future, or is it an investment in today's technology that won't be delivered until tomorrow?

I'm no tech expert, so I'm interested in your thoughts comparing the two plans economically and technically in the comments section below.

Would the Real Julia Gillard Please Move Forward

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If we haven't been seeing the 'real' Julia Gillard then who is running the country, asks Senator Cory Bernardi.

This week Ms Gillard has stated that she will be taking control of her own election campaign, conceding voters had only caught a 'glimpse' of who she truly was.

Excuse my cynicism but this smells like more spin and fakery from the new Queen of Sussex Street politics.

After all, Ms Gillard has spent twelve years in Parliament, spent years as one of the bosses at the Socialist Forum (that's where the former communists went to continue their radical agenda), and a few years with Slater and Gordon pushing Labor’s pro-union industrial relations agenda.
Her entree into politics brought some policy gems like 'Medicare Gold' and the failed border protection laws that have seen people smugglers make record profits trafficking their human cargo.

As Minister, she has presided over the greatest ever waste of taxpayers money, squandering an estimated $8 billion building overpriced tuck shops and toilets. It has been reported that she sent a junior adviser to represent her at meetings of the National Security Committee of Cabinet, breaching cabinet protocol and vacating her national responsibility. 

Ms Gillard has also remained tight lipped about her bloody betrayal of Kevin Rudd and how she broke the deal they had agreed to. Of course, since that day, Ms Gillard has continued with her less than credible policy development work, failing to reach even the lowest of expectations.

First there was the refugee centre to be built in East Timor – despite the trifling matter that East Timor's Parliament has unanimously rejected such an idea. The fact that this policy was announced without prior reference to the East Timorese Prime Minister demonstrates what a pathetic attempt at spin this really was.

Next we had her new approach to 'the greatest moral issue of our time' – climate change. Rather than make a decision, Ms Gillard has outsourced her government policy to her own mini 2020 summit of 150 'ordinary' Australians. An amazing vacuum of leadership from someone looking to be elected Prime Minister.

And then we have Ms Gillard's rejection of a 'big Australia'. Despite her defence of the big Aussie vision only weeks prior, she now expects us to believe that population has nothing to do with immigration – even though it makes up two thirds of our annual population growth!

So if we haven't yet seen the real Julia Gillard, what sort of impostor have we seen over the years? Based on her track record, clearly someone whose commitment to principle and conscience is as transient as a summer cloud on a windy day.

So this week we will see another incarnation of Julia Gillard. It will be the latest attempt to hoodwink Australians that the woman in charge of our country had nothing to do with the failings and mismanagement of the past three years.

Australians deserve better from even an unelected Prime Minister.

Senator Cory Bernardi is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition and a Senator for South Australia. This article is courtesy of his personal blog which can be found at http://www.corybernardi.com.