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IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint...

Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue - Poll

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". "Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters," said...

Trump's America

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Scott Hargreaves and Daniel Wild

A Trump administration will be a net positive for the United States' economy. Yes, restricting international trade will harm growth. But the ambitious agenda to cut corporate and income taxes, open up fossil-fuel production, deregulate financial...

Young Australians full of optimism about the future

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The IPA's "Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians" report has identified that young people are overwhelmingly positive about their own future, and also positive about the future of Australia. The IPA's "Growing Freedom: Survey of Young...

The case for the repeal of section 18C

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Chris Berg, Simon Breheny, Morgan Begg, Andrew Bushnell & Sab Reinehr. Below is an excerpt from the foreward by John Roskam.   In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War - a war fought to defend human...

Repeal, not reform, of section 18C the only way forward for free speech: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs is calling for the full repeal of section 18C as the only adequate protection for freedom of speech, in a comprehensive submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry...

IPA opening statements to the Senate Inquiry into Criminal, Civil and Administrative Penalties for White Collar Crime

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Andrew Bushnell

Our submission is informed by the work of our ongoing criminal justice project, which is developing policy reform across the criminal justice system, from incarceration, to policing, to the criminal law. Institute of Public Affairs research...

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell and Daniel Wild

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people's lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a...

Treaty

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

Debate over the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has consumed Australia's political class for almost a decade. Ever since former Prime Minister John Howard promised to recognise indigenous Australians in the...

Frequently asked questions about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Question:  What was Section 18C intended to do? Answer: On 15 November 1994 in his Second Reading speech to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (which introduced Section 18C) the then Attorney-General, Mr Lavarch said: "The Racial Hatred Bill is...

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