Recent publications

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Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards - Diversity and Equity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Matthew Lesh

The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The...

Free speech on campus audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Matthew Lesh

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of...

The end of history...in Australian universities

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Australia's universities do not teach Australia's British origins

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

Only 15 out of the 739 history subjects taught in Australian universities and tertiary institutions in 2014 covered British history, according to a new report from the Institute of Public Affairs. The full report, The End Of History...In...

The end of history... in Australian universities

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Stephanie Forrest

Undergraduate history degrees in Australia fail to teach fundamental aspects of Australia's history and how Australian liberal democracy came to be. Instead, they offer a range of disconnected subjects on narrow themes and issues focusing on...

IPA welcomes government review of teacher education as a victory for back-to-basics teaching

MEDIA RELEASE

"Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's announcement to overhaul teacher education and strengthen standards is a victory for Australian students", says Hannah Pandel, Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Healthy competition is good for children

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

‘It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, only that you tried and did your best.' This is often said to help children come to terms with suffering a defeat of some sort. In fact, this valuable lesson only applies where competition exists....

Paying your way

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In the May 2014 budget, the Abbott government proposed a ‘radical' reform package of the Australian university system. If it were implemented, domestic students would have to pay a greater share of the costs of their own education. Judging...

Freedom to teach

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Vicki Stanley

Written by Vicky Stanley and Darcy Allen While there has been much attention and significant resources dedicated to examining the structures surrounding the attraction, training, retention and performance of teachers, there is almost no...

Teachers suffer from old-fashioned industrial relations and massive government bureaucracy - new report

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

Teachers in Australia's schools are suffering under an old-fashioned industrial relations regime and an out-dated salary structure according to new research published today by the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs....

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