Recent publications

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Strangling the goose with the golden egg

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Rebecca Weisser

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system...

Superannuation changes will condemn middle class to the pension

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny and Brett Hogan

The Turnbull Government's proposed superannuation changes will condemn middle-income Australians to the Age Pension, according to a research paper released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The paper, Strangling the...

Opening remarks to Victorian Parliament ride sourcing inquiry

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg and Aaron Lane

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle...

Bourgeois Equality

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Patchy signs of economic recovery in Australia and the rest of the Western World aside, these last few years could be best described in economic terms as a persistent ‘Great Exhaustion'. The uninspiring tale of the tape can be gleaned from...

IPA: Victorian gas exploration ban short-sighted

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's announcement of a permanent legislative ban on the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of...

Triggering censorship

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Matthew Lesh

In October 1951 University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Charles Lowe proposed restricting the use of campus buildings for political discussions. This suggestion came after three professors, at a public meeting held at the university a month...

IPA welcomes call for Senate inquiry into 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed Senator Nick Xenophon's call for a Senate inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. "A Senate inquiry would help break the deadlock in parliament over...

Uber tax and more red tape on progress

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian government announced that it would establish a single...

New Workplace Volunteer Legislation Important But Much More Should Be Done

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan and Aaron Lane

Today's announcement of new federal legislation to prohibit enterprise agreement content which restricts the ability of emergency management organisations to manage volunteers is welcome, but more significant workplace relations reforms still need...

Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report of the Regulation of Agriculture

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg, Mikayla Novak and Daniel Wild

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft') on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry....

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