Recent publications

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Greens' 90 per cent renewable plan unrealistic: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Australian Greens' proposal for a ninety per cent renewables target and the effective re-nationalisation of the electricity industry illustrates just how out of touch the environmental movement is, according to free market think tank the...

Free speech under attack in Tasmania

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Freedom of speech is under attack after the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission's decision to hear the case against Archbishop Porteous. Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commission has decided the Catholic Church has a case to answer in...

Welfare reform must contribute to budget repair: New report

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Australia's welfare system is unsustainable and is in need of reform to help Australia's growing budget problem, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report, Making welfare sustainable:...

World Energy Outlook - fossil fuels still important to 2040

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The publication last night of the 2015 edition of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) World Energy Outlook confirms the ongoing role of coal and other fossil fuels in the world's energy mix for decades to come. "This document is also an...

Making welfare sustainable

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Australia has a targeted tax transfer system compared with other developed countries, but on the outlays side there still remains too much welfare spending directed to middle and upper classes (defined here at households in top 60 per cent of...

New union membership figures show need for reform

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The continuing decline of Australian trade union membership demonstrates the need for meaningful legislative reform, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new...

Failure of Lomborg centre a victory for censorship: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Morgan Begg

The Turnbull government's decision to abandon funding for Bjorn Lomborg's Australia Consensus Centre reveals the dire state of academic freedom in Australia, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "This is a victory...

Breathing in freedom

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

The last few years has borne witness to an extraordinary growth in government activities. Fiscal stimulus spending, the ramping up of public debt, untrammelled increases in regulation affecting factor and product markets, and the burgeoning growth...

Free speech bill an opportunity for the Turnbull government

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Senator Day's Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014 is a significant opportunity for the Turnbull government to demonstrate its commitment to freedom of speech, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Senate...

The sharing economy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

The sharing economy is a suite of emerging software platforms acting as an intermediary between private buyers and private sellers, allowing them to share their existing resources-hence, a ‘sharing' economy. The sharing economy is a market...

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