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Governing in ignorance: Australian governments legislating, without understanding, intellectual property

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Monday, 26th of April 2010 is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual property is one of the most poorly understood areas of public policy, but also one of the most important to understand in a knowledge economy. Yet legislators regularly...

An open letter to all parliamentarians

OCCASIONAL PAPER | John Roskam

A carbon emissions trading scheme as proposed by the federal government has enormous economic and social consequences. This was acknowledged by Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change who last year said that responding to global warming...

ETS backdown welcomed, Climate Change Department should be scrapped

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The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the Rudd Government's back down on the Emissions Trading Scheme. "The Rudd Government's decision to ‘suspend' the legislation is clearly a prelude to abandoning the proposal", said John Roskam,...

Plain packaging may require up to $3.4 billion taxpayer gift annually to big tobacco and film companies

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"Bad anti-intellectual property laws by State and Federal Parliaments could require taxpayers to gift up to $3.4 billion per year in compensation to film companies and big tobacco for the loss of their trademarks", Director of the IP and Free...

Keeping Super Safe

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Louise Staley

Disclosure levels by Australian superannuation funds are inadequate. Disclosure levels should meet international benchmarks to adequately protect Australians' superannuation savings. The role of some Australian superannuation industry funds as...

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