Recent publications

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Bitcoin and the future of free banking: Submission to Senate inquiry on digital currency

SUBMISSION | Dr Mikayla Novak

As part of its current Economics work program, the IPA is undertaking research into the benefits of digital currencies and fundamental reforms of the existing monetary system. This includes the prospects for free banking, or the regulation and...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dom Talimanidis

An analysis of new business creation in Australia

Government should reject IMF call for higher taxes

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government should publicly reject IMF head Christine Lagarde's call to slug Australians with a higher GST, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The head of the IMF is yet to set foot in Australia...

Australia's English Curriculum: A critique

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Stephanie Forrest and Carla Schodde

The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English falls far short of what would reasonably be expected of a national English curriculum. This analysis is based on a comparison with eight post-war Australian state curriculums. The existing...

English curriculum fails students

MEDIA RELEASE | Hannah Pandel

"Australia's National Curriculum for English is failing to achieve its number one priority: to teach the English language," says Hannah Pandel, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. "It is more concerned...

Petrol tax hike undemocratic and unnecessary: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government's decision today to ram petrol tax indexation past the Parliament is undemocratic and unnecessary, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "A fundamental democratic principle is that tax changes...

The fall of literature

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

Until the 1970s, it was expected that Australian students should read classic literature over the course of several years at school. Since then, the classics have increasingly been pushed out of curricula, with many of them crudely dismissed by...

The rise of America's populist progressivism


She is the rising star of the left, who attracts rock-star receptions at standing-room-only campaign rallies across the United States. She gives fiery sermons for economic populism and social progressivism. She blasts banks and big business, and...

Australian living standards threatened by big government: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Dr Mikayla Novak

The long term trend of better living standards for all Australians is being threatened by intrusive government regulations and wasteful spending, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Most aspects of Australian life...

Things are getting better all the time: A snapshot of Australian living standards in the long run

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dr Mikayla Novak and Dom Talimanidis

Australians have come a long way over these past two centuries, as evidenced by the numerous improvements in our health, education, and material living standards. As diseases are increasingly being conquered thanks to medical technologies,...

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