Comments by John Roskam, Executive Director – Institute of Public Affairs

By 20/08/2018News, Uncategorized

Institute of Public Affairs 75th Anniversary Society Dinner in Melbourne on 20 August 2018 with special guests Mr Rupert Murdoch AC KCSG and The Hon John Howard OM AC

“Mrs Rinehart, one of three Honorary Life Members of the Institute of Public Affairs and a true patriot of our country, has kindly sent me a special message for this evening:

May I add a very warm welcome to all IPA Members here tonight – members who are concerned like I am, for the future of our country.  Thank you for supporting the work of the IPA, Australia’s leading think tank.  I hope you please consider doing even more to support the IPA.

On a very bright note, it is great to see that the policies advocated by Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV), the IPA, and myself – such as cutting red tape and lowering taxes are now being implemented under President Trump’s brave leadership in the United States – with fantastic results for Americans.

Rising business and consumer confidence have helped produce the lowest unemployment rate in the United States for many years, and as President Trump has said, the country is on track to have its highest annual growth rate in over 13 years.

As Anthony and many of you present know, such economic growth will further reduce unemployment including for the underprivileged, take people out of the cycle of welfare, and help overcome the lack of self-esteem that often accompanies unemployment.

Under President Trump’s leadership, free enterprise policies that promote economic growth and that reduce the size and cost of government are doing more to help the underprivileged in the United States than 8 years of big government and socialist policies.

We could do the same here.  Why don’t we?  The benefits are clear and compelling!

I hope you have a wonderful evening.

I know I speak for the guests in the room tonight when I say Mrs Rinehart is a wonderful Australian.

Let me say that as Executive Director of the IPA, we have been honoured to host the Victorian launch of Mrs Rinehart’s books Northern Australia and Then Some and From Red Tape To Red Carpet And Then Some – which strongly and clearly advocated limiting the size of government, reducing red tape, and lowering taxes.

Many people here tonight were in the audience for those two occasions – both of which were booked out! With people even standing at the back!

Yes – Mrs Rinehart, ANDEV, and the IPA were advocating precisely the policies that Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency on, and which he is now implementing.

I’m delighted to announce that next month the IPA is hosting the visit to Australia of Alfredo Ortiz, the president and CEO of the Job Creators Network in the United States.  The Network is a nonpartisan organisation founded by entrepreneurs like The Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus who believe that government policies are getting in the way of the economic freedom that helped make the United States prosperous.  The Network is a key advocate of the policies for economic recovery of President Trump.”