We’ve always known that the IPA freedoms harder than anyone else could freedom, but now they are in the running to prove that they really do freedom more than anyone else. The free-marketeers at the Institute of Public Affairs are in the running for a $100,000 grant because their marketing strategy in opposition to the carbon tax was just that good.

The IPA has been nominated as a finalist for the Templeton Freedom Award for its “20 Years” of work on the tax, the group;s nomination statement says: “The IPA was the loudest consistent voice against the carbon tax in a time when there were very few dissenting voices in Australia.” The Atlas Network website praises the IPA’s campaign, writing:

“As the only major organization in Australia to publicly and consistently oppose the tax, the IPA’s work against the carbon tax was instrumental in fostering sentiment against the tax, which, in addition to its economic drawbacks, wouldn’t have achieved any environmental goals.”

Freedom Boy Tim Wilson even gets a special mention for attending climate conferences all over the world (looks like he was a jet-setter before becoming Human Rights Commissioner):

“Wilson attended every international climate conference between 2009 and 2013, including conferences in Durban, Doha, Copenhagen, and Warsaw, and was able to effectively communicate to the Australian public the lack of consensus over pricing carbon that existed among experts.”

The IPA will find out the results on November 12.

Peter Fray

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