Recent publications

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GST changes would be yet another tax increase

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"The Abbott government's plan to impose a ‘Netflix Tax' on digital downloads and to lower the GST-free threshold will add to the already substantial tax burden on Australian consumers," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with the free market...

IPA welcomes backdown on 'Google tax'

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"The Abbott government's so-called ‘Google Tax' would have been an unnecessary and damaging restraint on corporate investment in Australia," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The...

Andrews' policies put Vic surplus at risk: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The halving of the Victorian budget surplus reveals a worrying new deterioration in the state's financial management standards, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Fresh into its first term of office, the Andrews...

Taking Melbournes Temperature

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

The Melbourne temperature record is one of the "long time" instrumental records of Australian temperature. It starts in 1855 and continues to the present day. Originally measurements were made in the Flagstaff Gardens. Then when the Melbourne...

Taking Australias Temperature

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology provides two Australia wide temperature data sets that are the results of extensive adjustments.

Freedom Works

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen and Patrick Hannaford

Written by Darcy Allen and Patrick Hannaford There are certain political leaders who take on an almost mythical stature. Ronald Reagan is one such leader. For many free market advocates, Reagan has become synonymous with the ideas of individual...

ICAC should be abolished

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) should be abolished, according to Simon Breheny, Director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In an opinion article in today's edition of The...

Submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

This submission has been drafted in response to an invitation to the Institute of Public Affairs to make a submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor's Inquiry into section 35P of the ASIO Act. Our submission...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2005 is an internet censorship bill. It creates a new and potentially dangerous power for courts to censor websites. This power is not proportional to the harm it is intended to...

Federal-State relations reform shouldn't be about raising tax levels

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Peter Hendy

In the United States they say that the states are the ‘laboratories of democracy'. What they mean is that a federal system, made up of a separate national government and numerous regional (state) governments, provides the opportunity for...

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