Recent publications

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Federal government must clarify freedom of speech proposals

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The federal government must rule out further restrictions on freedom of speech," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday delivered a...

New poll reveals Australians believe free speech under threat

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

Australians believe that freedom of speech is the human right most under threat today in Australia, a new poll has found. Asked to choose which right they felt was most under threat, 39 per cent of Australians chose freedom of speech. "With...

Innovation strangled by red tape

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Jason Potts

Recent IPA research has demonstrated that business entry rates in Australia have been in steady decline for the previous decade to June 2014. This falling business turnover signals a decline in Australian dynamism and entrepreneurship. It is...

IPA welcomes government review of teacher education as a victory for back-to-basics teaching

MEDIA RELEASE | Hannah Pandel

"Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's announcement to overhaul teacher education and strengthen standards is a victory for Australian students", says Hannah Pandel, Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Investments in limbo and at risk

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The first job of the Palaszczuk government, once formed, must be to restore business confidence or risk losing major projects such as the Carmichael coal mine, which has the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs and $22 billion in taxes and...

Bipartisan human rights report shows Abbott government must support free speech bill

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"There is no excuse for the Abbott government to not support the Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the...

New research shows benefits of hostile senate: Pages of legislation passed declines by 43 per cent over 2 years

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The hostile Senate has helped slow the growth of government in Australians' lives, with the number of pages of Commonwealth legislation being passed declining for the second year in a row, according to new research released today by the Institute...

Government begins to reverse tide on red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

"Living standards will go backwards unless the government does more to address the sharp decline in Australian productivity. We need to cut the red tape burden on business and the community if Australia is to remain globally competitive," says...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The terms of reference for this inquiry are broad. This submission can only tackle a small proportion of the issues raised by the terms of reference and are likely to be raised by the committee's deliberations. First, we outline the relative...

Healthy competition is good for children

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Hannah Pandel

‘It doesn't matter whether you win or lose, only that you tried and did your best.' This is often said to help children come to terms with suffering a defeat of some sort. In fact, this valuable lesson only applies where competition exists....

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