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The good news on poverty: Things are getting better for the poor in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Contrasting the image that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, Australians experiencing poverty and disadvantage are in fact enjoying better living standards than previous generations of impoverished Australians. People on...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

The dynamism of an economy stems from the creation of new businesses. Australia witnessed a substantial decline in its new business entry rate over the decade to June 2014. If allowed to go on unaddressed this development has the capacity to...

Decline in entrepreneurs a serious concern

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

High taxes and low business entry rates are a threat to Australia's long term economic growth, according to new research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. IPA analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data...

Free Markets: The Key to Human Flourishing in Cambodia

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Tasmanian anti-discrimination complaint shows freedom of speech is under attack

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"An anti-discrimination complaint against the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart shows that freedom of speech is under attack," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Martine...

The fossil fuel subsidy myth

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

Over the last six years, the phrase ‘fossil fuel subsidy' has been used by environmental campaigners to demonise the mining industry and call in to question the economic viability of Australia's coal, oil and gas companies. The claimed cost...

Australian fossil fuel subsidies are a myth: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

There are no fossil fuel subsidies in Australia, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report, The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Myth, was released today and covered in The Australian. The report argues...

Free speech lost in translation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

Ten years ago in September 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published twelve cartoons and sparked what the Danish prime minister described as the worst crisis in Danish foreign policy since the Second World War. In his book, The Tyranny...

Australia is a Nanny State: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Paternalistic government policies have led to Australia becoming a Nanny State, according to a new submission from the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today is appearing in Canberra before the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community...

Industry super funds fail their own transparency test

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Industry superannuation funds are hypocritically lobbying for companies to disclose CEO pay and earnings when they themselves fail to live up to basic standards of transparency," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free...

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