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Productivity Commission Draft Report into Agriculture Red Tape Welcome

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

"Australian agriculture is worth over $50 billion each year to this country, but it is shackled by unnecessary and burdensome red tape," said IPA research fellow Darcy Allen. These comments come after the release today of the Productivity...

IPA: Youth Crime Rate Shows That Violent Offenders Must Be Detained

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

‘The recent spate of violent crime perpetrated by youths across Victoria reveals a broken and backwards criminal justice system,' said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The...

IPA: NSW government's investment scheme to reduce prisoner re-incarceration a good idea

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The NSW Government's proposed social impact investment scheme could reduce re-incarceration numbers, crime and the financial costs associated with jail. The scheme could also improve the chances of prisoners finding work and becoming...

IPA: Superannuation Tax Hikes Should Be Replaced By Spending Cuts

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Turnbull government should cut government spending or delay the introduction of its proposed company tax cuts instead of increasing taxes on superannuation says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute...

IPA: Get more cops on the beat to stop violent crime wave

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"The recent spate of cars being set on fire across Cranbourne illustrates the urgent need to reinvest some of Victoria's criminal justice spending in the police force. This is the best way to stop violent crime," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow...

Hung parliament to cost extra 1bn dollars in interest - IPA calls for PBO costing of cross-bench negotiations

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A hung federal parliament risks a credit rating downgrade and higher interest bills on national public debt, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘If Australia lost its AAA credit rating the interest rate on...

That was right

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Robert Menzies

Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke at the Athanaeum Club in Melbourne for an IPA members function. More than sixty years...

The Role of Entrepreneurs and Government in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Wolfgang Kasper

Coming from overseas in the 1970s, Australia looked to me like the 'Land of Missed Opportunities'. Partial liberalisation during the Hawke-Keating era and some further reforms under Howard-Costello let Australian entrepreneurs and citizens realise...

IPA: NSW holding cell chaos a symptom of a wider problem

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Revelations today that Oliver Curtis is still being detained in a holding cell longer than the maximum 48 hours highlight Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat...

IPA: Curtis prison sentence needless and wasteful

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Today's sentencing of Oliver Curtis to prison is a good example of Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat to the community," said Andrew Bushnell, Research...

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