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Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson has contributed to Crikey since 2002, and was a ministerial adviser in the Kennett government and a former editorial manager at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney.


James Buchanan RIP

January 10, 2013

Nobel-winning economist James Buchanan, one of the founders of public choice theory, died yesterday at the age of 93. As with most pioneers, it's a measure of his success that we no longer realise how controversial his ideas once were.

Another view on compulsory voting

January 9, 2013

There was a bit of discussion in a post on Monday about the merits of compulsory voting. Those who are interested in the topic shouldn’t miss Peter Brent’s post from yesterday at Mumble. As you’d expect from Brent, it’s very thorough and very thoughtful. It’s one of those debates that a lot of people form […]

What if they had an inauguration and no-one came?

January 9, 2013

Hugo Chávez will be missing from Thursday's inauguration in Venezuela. It just goes to show that even the most comprehensive of constitutions can't provide for everything.

Italy latest: Berlusconi “ruled out” as PM

January 8, 2013

A new electoral pact supposedly rules out Silvio Berlusconi as a candidate for prime minister. Doesn't sound like him at all, does it?

Obama picks his man for the Pentagon

January 8, 2013

Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is to be the new US defence secretary – provided he's confirmed by the Senate. It looks as if Obama has picked the right man for the times.

Courts, cattle and constitutions – Australia’s ailing federalism

January 7, 2013 9 Comments

Mountain cattle grazing in Victoria becomes a constitutional issue. The Federal Court upheld the ban, but indicated that there were still limits to Canberra's power on environmental issues.

Hungary takes the John Howard route

January 6, 2013 5 Comments

Hungary's government comes to grief in an attempt to change the electoral law to its advantage, in much the same way that John Howard did in Australia.

Fiscal cliff: a Civil War postscript

January 3, 2013

One more thing to say about America’s fiscal cliff, and it’s on the regional breakdown of the vote to approve the legislation in the House of Representatives yesterday morning (Australian time). I can’t claim originality for the idea – John Judis posted about it at the New Republic. But it was sufficiently interesting for me […]

More to liberty than gun rights

January 3, 2013 2 Comments

So if gun rights need to be defended as a safeguard against tyranny, why are conservatives so cavalier about trashing other safeguards?

The perils of insular thinking

January 3, 2013 1 Comment

Melbourne's ticketing fiasco reflects the same sort of insularity that gave us compulsory voting and a broken school funding system, among other things.