a. Paddy McGuinness on the ABC (4 items)
b. Paddy McGuinness on class sizes (3 items)
c. Paddy McGuinness on drugs! (4 items)
d. Paddy McGuinness on healthcare (5 items)
e. Paddy McGuinness on sport (3 items) [sections c, d and e overlap]
f. Other Paddy McGuinness columns (15 items)
g. Paddy McGuinness speeches (1 transcript)
h. Articles about Paddy McGuinness (2 items)

a. Paddy McGuinness on the ABC

  1. Time to sell the ABC,” The Australian Financial Review, March 13, 1985, p. 12. Excerpt: “No one, of course, has the slightest expectation that the present Federal Government would consider for a moment a proposal to sell the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Indeed, there is grave doubt that anyone would want to buy it, in its present form.”
  2. Why not pay for the ABC?,” The Australian Financial Review, February 26, 1988, pp. 88-87. Excerpt: “Why not try applying the user pays principle to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation? After all, while there is a case for minority and supposedly quality radio and television, there is no good reason why it should be free of charge.”
  3. Aunty should hang up her boots in face of premature senility,” The Australian, July 1, 1992, p. 17. Excerpt: “Happy 60th birthday to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. That said, it also has to be added that it is time the ABC, in its present form, was wound up and put out to grass.”
  4. New ABC Tory chief won’t rock the boat,” The Australian, May 23, 2006, p. 12. Excerpt: “ABC TV will continue to invent a need for yet more channels. The ABC octopus will grow and grow.”

b. Paddy McGuinness on class sizes

  1. More teachers won’t solve the problems in our schools,” The Weekend Australian, October 13-14, 1990, p. 2. Excerpt: “A reduction in teacher numbers by say 25 per cent would have no adverse impact on educational achievement.”
  2. Best and less the call for schools,” The Weekend Australian, June 8-9, 1991, p. 2. Excerpt: “Why not pay the good teachers more and let the inferior ones become clerks or labourers?”
  3. A new angle on teaching,” The Sydney Morning Herald, December 24, 1994, p. 14. Excerpt: “Do we really need more schoolteachers? Whenever the condition and performance of our schools are debated, the first cry to come from the teachers’ unions and their supporters in the community, and indeed often enough from governments, is that class sizes must be reduced and more teachers must be employed.”

c. Paddy McGuinness on drugs!

  1. Time to legalise heroin,” The Australian Financial Review, November 8, 1988, pp. 76-75. Excerpt: “Unhappily, as has long been the case with gambling and prostitution, there is a de facto alliance to protect the profits of heroin between the dealers on the one hand, and the churches and other moralists who refuse to accept legalisation on the other. No-one opposes legalisation of heroin more strongly than Mr Big, whoever he might be.”
  2. To reduce the problems of crime and corruption, legalise heroin,” The Weekend Australian, March 18-19, 1989, p. 2.
  3. Evidence shows heroin policy is not working,” The Australian, October 4, 1989, p. 2. Excerpt: “Heroin will be legalised eventually. The only real problem is how long it will take, and how much pain our society will inflict on itself before accepting the inevitable.”
  4. Wowsers deny society while killing children,” The Weekend Australian, May 8-9, 1993, p. 2. Excerpt: “[I]f we were genuinely concerned about public health rather than killjoy wowserism, we would be looking for the best way to use drugs, including alcohol and nicotine; and to the extent that they really are harmful when overused, developing pure and healthy mindbending substances which people could use as an alternative to religious and political fanaticism.”

d. Paddy McGuinness on healthcare

  1. Youth victims of the welfare con,” The Australian, July 31, 1992, p. 11. Excerpt: “How far into the next century can the welfare State last? This is a question which once might have thought to be absurd — the welfare State surely was here to stay. But it may emerge that the next generation will see the welfare State as a gigantic swindle, a confidence trick by their parents.”
  2. Warning: health is a budget hazard,” The Weekend Australian, August 1-2, 1992, p. 2. Excerpt: “The ‘healthy’ activities, while they may avert heart disease and some other complaints, such as diabetes, will give rise to a new set of complaints among the spavined struldbrugs, as a result of the injury strains of football, netball, jogging, aerobics, etc. To relieve the demands on the healthcare system all the pleasurable activities that are unhealthy will be blamed — the witch-hunt against smokers and drinkers will redouble in ferocity. And yet, heavy smokers and drinkers are public benefactors — they contribute heavily to taxation revenue and shorten their lives (they more than pay for their demands on the health budget), thus relieving the future pressures and demands on the working-age generations.”
  3. Paddy McGuinness proposes inheritance tax equal to handouts received by deceased — “Take from the dead to give to the living,” The Weekend Australian, July 17-18, 1993, p. 2.
  4. The blight of the baby-boomers,” The Weekend Australian, February 5-6, 1994, p. 2.
  5. Do-gooders should glorify smokers — “Smokers need encouragement, not abuse,” The Australian, February 8, 1994, p. 48. Excerpt: “Those baby-boomers who have smoked heavily all their lives can even be considered as public benefactors. They have paid heavy taxes on their smokes all their lives, their life expectancy has been considerably shortened and, as a result, they will impose a much less burden on the young of the next generation than the fitness fanatics and the health fascists.” And: “smokers and drinkers paid over $2.5 billion in exchange for $1 billion of health and medical services necessitated by their vices.”

e. Paddy McGuinness on sport

  1. Let them swim nude,” The Australian Financial Review, September 16, 1988, pp. 92-91.
  2. We should ban Olympics,” The Sydney Morning Herald, April 1, 2000, p. 46. Excerpt: “The whole area of competitive and spectator sports catering to humanity’s worst instincts and the wealth to be derived from it leads to the worst kind of human behaviour and abuse of the body. About the only kind that might seem exempt is physical exercise in a gym or by way of jogging. But as the entrepreneurs and ‘personal trainers’ of this business have now discovered, they are catering not to health or longevity but to narcissism and self-worship of the worst kind. That’s where their money comes from.”
  3. It’s about money — and there’s nothing wrong with that,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 28, 2000, p. 8.

f. Other Paddy McGuinness columns

  1. Canberra’s social revolution,” The Australian Financial Review, September 21, 1976, p. 4. Uses Milton Friedman’s softness to justify collecting of statistics. Big contrast to the sentiment on statistics usually associated with Milton Friedman. For example, “I met Cowperthwaite in 1963 … Hong Kong. I remember asking him about the paucity of statistics. He answered, ‘If I let them compute those statistics, they’ll want to use them for planning.’ How wise!”
  2. Non-conformity and intellectual cringe,” The Australian Financial Review, September 13, 1977, p. 4. Excerpt: “But, of course, even if it were true [that some races average higher IQ than others], it would no more be an argument in favour of racial discrimination than is the difference in intelligence between individuals of the same race grounds for inequality of civil rights.” And: “The assumption that any such inquiry should be forbidden is the mirror image of the kind of phony science which flourished under Hitler and Stalin.”
  3. Where Friedman is a pinko,” The Australian Financial Review, April 4, 1978, p. 4. On where the CIS is pinko.
  4. But perhaps the merchants of doom have a point,” The National Times, week ending May 13, 1978, p. 52. Excerpt: “The cover-up goes even further. The senior OECD officials who control the Country Studies division of the OECD which prepares the report on Australia (and with whom I am acquainted, having worked with them) have forbidden visiting OECD officials to speak to the Australian press, and specifically me. The Australian Treasury has issued a similar prohibition.”
  5. The Libertarian Alternative — “Where Australia might be heading,” The National Times, April 13 to 19, 1980, p. 38. McGuinness explains why he is no libertarian, although the libertarian case was let down by the compromises of the Australia at the Crossroads authors.
  6. Wages and the young unemployed,” The Australian Financial Review, September 3, 1984, pp. 2-3.
  7. Libel laws block insider’s revelations of Australia’s industrial mess,” The Australian Financial Review, August 28, 1986, p. 14. On Alf Rattigan and the Tariff Board.
  8. Thomas Sowell, McGuinness, Aborigines and other minorities — “Why ‘positive policy’ harmful,” The Australian Financial Review, September 29, 1988, pp. 92-91; and “Helping the Aborigines?,” The Australian Financial Review, October 11, 1988, pp. 96-95.
  9. Will Australia compete?,” The Australian Financial Review, December 1, 1988, pp. 92-91.
  10. Column titled “McGuinness”, The Weekend Australian, March 17-18, 1990, p. 2. On compulsory, informal and donkey voting, and breaking electoral laws.
  11. Divine light glows dimly,” The Australian, January 31, 1991, p. 13. On Catholics and wealth distribution. Excerpt: “much of the content of the document is a load of codswallop. It is a hotch-potch of all the stuff about income redistribution, wealth redistribution, the ‘preferential option for the poor’ (a frequently repeated piece of jargon), Latin American liberation theology, anti-imperialism, women’s rights, and so on that grew out of the 1960s and 70s. It is what one might sum up as ABC social theory, all prejudice and feeling and precious little analysis or factual support. It is the economics of the warm inner glow.”
  12. LA safe from religious poverty,” The Weekend Australian, June 13-14, 1992, p. 2. Excerpt: “There are nearly as many liquor stores as churches … hitherto there has been little or no reference to the one most obvious and unusual social phenomenon of Vermont Avenue — its religiosity.”
  13. Paddy McGuinness defends race IQ comparisons — “Selective intelligence,” The Sydney Morning Herald, October 25, 1994, p. 14; and “Differing intellects,” The Sydney Morning Herald, November 5, 1994, p. 38.
  14. Paddy McGuinness on David Stove — “Not simply cricket,” The Sydney Morning Herald, January 6, 1995, p. 10. Excerpt: “There are few pleasures as keen as reading an argument with which you totally or partially disagree, but which makes you question your own assumptions and beliefs.”
  15. Genocide with kindness — “Our national disgrace,” The Sydney Morning Herald, February 11, 1995, p. 32. Excerpt: “There has to be something much more fundamentally wrong with our whole approach. If we go on at present, and this is what a transfer of Aboriginal health from ATSIC to Dr Lawrence’s department would involve, despite the change of bureaucratic arrangements, we may well find future generations accusing our generation of genocidal policies, just as so many people these days make such accusations against the well-intentioned but hopelessly incomprehending policies of the past. Make no mistake. If the term means anything at all, the deteriorating health and life expectancy of Aborigines must be ascribed directly to the policies of the past 12 years, and of the years before that to the extent that the policies remain roughly similar — that is, the Government of Hawke and Keating deserves the charge of genocide if any government in Australia has ever done.”

g. Paddy McGuinness speeches

  1. The Economic Guerrillas: A lecture in honour of Maxwell Newton,” presented at the Tasman Institute in 1991.

h. Attempts to understand Paddy McGuinness

I do not agree with much of these, but at least they have a good go.

  1. David Bowman, “The Itch for Influence,” Australian Society, August 1989, pp. 17-22.
  2. John Docker, “The Origins of Paddy McGuinness,” Arena Magazine, February-March, 1993, pp. 21-24. This one is particularly interesting.