Recent publications

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The 176 billion tax on our prosperity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form...

Red Tape Costs the Australian Economy 176 Billion

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs estimates that red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion per year - or 11 per cent of GDP. This is far greater than the Commonwealth Government's current estimate of...

The case for personal income taxation cuts

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

Tax reform would benefit by following one simple motif: don't tax what you want more of. It follows that cutting income tax rates should be a boon for the Australian economy-freeing up labour markets, incentivising work, and stimulating...

Budget allocates over 800 million dollars for more red tape: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

The Commonwealth budget allocates over $800 million in additional funding to big regulators to create more red tape, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Handing more money to regulators such as the ATO and ASIC...

Superannuation Tax Increases to Hurt Savings

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The tax increases on superannuation announced in last night's Federal Budget are bad policy and will further damage confidence in the superannuation system, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The purpose of the...

Higher electricity prices but no difference on CO2

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Labor's Climate Change Action Plan, released today, will increase electricity prices and make no difference to global carbon dioxide levels, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Whether a policy is called an...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Submission to the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

On 24 February 2016, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. The proposed National Integrity Commissioner has been likened to a "federal ICAC", in reference...

Legal rights audit 2015

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg

This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the...

Bill Shorten's red tape steel protectionism worst of both worlds

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"Labor's plan to impose new regulation on steel used in government projects is an unholy alliance of protectionism and red tape", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday Bill Shorten...

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