Recent publications

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Does more equal really mean all better?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Mikayla Novak

The criticisms of market capitalism have changed over the past two centuries. The writings of Marx and Engels in the nineteenth century emphasised that the private ownership of the means of production benefited the bourgeoisie at the expense of...

Kevin Rudd's darkest days

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

Kevin Rudd spent a fair amount of his intellectual capacity drubbing Friedrich von Hayek. Two major speeches given to the Centre for Independent Studies put the boot into Hayek who had also featured prominently in Ruddite essays deploring free...

Economists as social engineers

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

In this paper, I make the argument that modern "mainstream" economic thought is inclined towards government intervention and social engineering. To the extent that economic analysis is seen simply as a tool it is likely that economists will...

Green Excuses: Collusion to promote protectionism?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

The trade of forestry products on international markets is becoming increasingly controversial. For years environmental groups have been claiming that there is mass deforestation and illegal logging occurring in the developing world to create...

Exposed: The Inaccurate and Inappropriate Campaign by Zoos Victoria

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Zoos Victoria is constituted by the State of Victoria under the Zoological Parks and Gardens Act 1995 and is responsible to Environment Minister, Gavin Jennings. Last year, Zoos Victoria received $14.6 million of taxpayer funds. One of the...

Unleash the North

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

Northern Australia's potential is being wasted. The northern half of Australia is used for precious little, other than grazing cattle and as a backdrop for the film industry. It is a neglected and under-utilised area that lies so close to...

Space ships and sound money

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Ben Hourigan

In September 2010, thousands of science fiction and fantasy fans will converge on Melbourne for the 68th Worldcon-a convention best known for being where the Hugo awards are decided and announced. Given every year since 1955, the Hugos recognise...

Clock is ticking on Henry

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

Ken Henry seems to find the role of Secretary of the Treasury too constraining, and now is the time for him to offer his resignation, according to John Roskam, Executive Director of Australia's most influential think tank, the Institute of Public...

Forcing Prices Up

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Grocery prices will always be controversial, especially when government policy is artificially inflating their price. The ACT government commissioned John Martin to complete a review into the ACT government's supermarkets competition policy....

The Resource Super Profits Tax and the 2010-11 Budget

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dr Mikayla Novak

A report into how the Henry Review and 2010/11 Budget will harm Australia's economic interests.

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