How have we fallen so far, so fast? And what can we do about it?
Nothing is more important to a country's prosperity than economic freedom.
This makes logical sense to us all. Where would you rather live? A relatively free country like Australia, or an unfree country like Valenzuela or North Korea?
But our economic freedom HAS been under attack the last few years. And we are already feeling the pain.
This is why the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance has been at the forefront fighting for our freedoms, and opposing big government
And this is why the latest news from the non-partisan Canadian Think-tank the Fraser Institute should be so worrying to us all
Every year, the Fraser Institute analyses every country, and ranks them according to economic freedom. Australia has always scored very well, a testament to the long-term strength of our government.
In 2010, we were in 5th spot out of any country. The most recent report, which analyses 2011, has us slipping down to 10th - and this is even before the carbon tax came in! There can be no doubt that the next report will have us slipping even more.
We asked viral-video sensation Topher to make this short 3 minute video warning Australians of the dangers we face - and how they can make a difference.