Recent publications

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The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety...

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology - including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators - according to a new research paper by free market think tank...

Business confidence high but small businesses know there is more work to be done

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Today's Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government...

IPA: Reduce spending and government intervention to repair budget

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

The worsening condition of the Federal Budget is further evidence of the need to re-think the role of the government in Australia, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The latest Commonwealth Budget figures were...

Civilised Economics

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

From Friedrich Hayek to Ludwig von Mises, contemporary Austrian economics is closely associated with familiar, classically liberal views. Put simply, the Austrian tradition focuses on why and how decentralised planning and individual...

On regulation, productivity and growth

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

This report was authored by Darcy Allen, Daniel Wild and Brett Hogan   Concern over Australia's recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to...

Labor's books backdown a protectionist throwback

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Parallel Import Restrictions on books are an effective tariff on international trade, similar to the archaic tariffs that were abolished under the Hawke-Keating government. "Labor's decision to oppose the abolition of Parallel Import Restrictions...

Construction Industry Legislation Passage a Great Result

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The passage through Parliament of a Bill to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a great result for employers and workers in the construction industry, as well as for the consumers who buy their products,...

Australia must now follow the United States and cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of...

Throttling Superannuation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brett Hogan

On 3 May 2016, in his first budget as Treasurer, Scott Morrison took the nation by surprise when he announced significant changes to the taxation and regulatory treatment of superannuation. Now both the Coalition and the Labor Party are treating...

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