Recent publications

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Razor cuts, not paper cuts

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Julie Novak

A framework for rightsizing commonwealth government employment

Gillard government job cuts barely dent growing federal bureaucracy

MEDIA RELEASE | Julie Novak

Analysis of trends on commonwealth government employment, released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, shows that announced public service job cuts in the 2012 13 Budget will do little to dent the decade long growth of...

Anti-development Greens clutching at straws to stop Abbot Point

MEDIA RELEASE | John Shipp

"Green groups opposed to economic development in North Queensland continue to use scare campaigns to try and block the development of the Federal government-approved coal terminal at Abbot Point", said John Shipp, Director, North Australia Project...

Inquiry into Clean Energy Amendments

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee

CFMEU call for rate cut lacks credibility

MEDIA RELEASE | John Lloyd

"The persistent refusal of the CFMEU leadership to countenance work practice changes that would lift productivity means their call for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates is devoid of credibility," said John Lloyd, Director, Work Reform and...

Tax reform = growth

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Rory Meakin

Australia's tax system has its problems. Too complicated, too many special allowances and specific taxes, and too much money drained out of the pockets of working Australians. But things could be worse. Australia could have the British tax system,...

17 radical savings

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Lyons

If Tony Abbott is to win office at the next federal election in 2013 he has a massive savings task ahead of him. Despite Wayne Swan's insistence that a ‘wafer-thin' surplus will be achieved in the 2013-2014 budget, Australia will still be in...

25 more ideas for Tony Abbott

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam, Chris Berg and James Paterson

  Following on from our 75 ideas in the last edition, John Roskam, James Paterson and Chris Berg offer 25 more ideas to reshape Australia. 76 Have State Premiers appoint High Court justices 77 Allow ministers to be appointed...

A roadmap to peace in the war on drugs

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Michael Keane

The war on drugs has been raging for decades. Tens of millions of lives have been lost or ruined. Because both the effect of the drugs and the effect of criminalisation have contributed to the toll, both prohibitionists and those for...

Power and the years of LBJ

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Scott Ryan

There is almost a cult amongst readers of political history and biography: those who count down the years until the release of the next volume of Robert Caro's totemic biography of Lyndon Johnson. Commencing with The Path to Power in 1982,...

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