Recent publications

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Government must urgently reduce costs and burdens on business


As commodity prices continue to fall the government must urgently act by cutting expenses and compliance burdens on business, according to the Institute of Public Affairs. "It has been revealed that Hancock Prospecting had to comply with over...

Plain packaging myth exposed

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

The Australian government must recognise that the policy experiment of mandatory plain packaging of tobacco products has failed. The only reasonable course of action for the government is to pursue the repeal of the Tobacco Plain...

Commonwealth government's site-blocking bill infringes rule of law

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The government's proposed copyright legislation will impose an internet filter and breach the rule of law," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Commonwealth...

Government right to reverse tide on bank account seizure

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Abbott government should be congratulated for reversing the Gillard government's cash grab on Australian bank account holders," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Today's red tape cuts need to go further

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The cost of federal government regulation was $65 billion in 2013-14, representing 4.2% of GDP, according to the release of today's Autumn Repeal Day report. This report by the federal government announced a further $305 million in net red tape...

Dr Arthur Laffer - Lessons from the Reagan Revolution: The Case for Lower Taxes - 18 March 2015


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All Australians need their privacy protected


"Protections for journalists in the amended data retention bill need to be extended to all Australians," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The government is reported to be amending the...

Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry on Workplace Relations Framework

SUBMISSION | Mikayla Novak

This submission is directed toward one aspect of the Australian workplace relations regulatory framework, specifically the minimum wage regime. This is consistent with that aspect of the Inquiry Terms of Reference investigating ʻfair...

Mounting evidence of a red tape emergency in Australia

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

This briefing document pulls together recent evidence of the growing regulatory burden faced by Australian businesses. The first page of the briefing document covers today's exclusive new IPA poll results in more detail. In today's exclusive poll...

Australians say there is too much government regulation on business

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

A new Galaxy poll, conducted exclusively for the Institute of Public Affairs, shows that 48% of Australians have said that there is too much government regulation on Australian businesses. Only 18% have said that there is not too much government...

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