Recent publications

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Hung parliament to cost extra 1bn dollars in interest - IPA calls for PBO costing of cross-bench negotiations

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A hung federal parliament risks a credit rating downgrade and higher interest bills on national public debt, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘If Australia lost its AAA credit rating the interest rate on...

That was right

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Robert Menzies

Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke at the Athanaeum Club in Melbourne for an IPA members function. More than sixty years...

The Role of Entrepreneurs and Government in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Wolfgang Kasper

Coming from overseas in the 1970s, Australia looked to me like the 'Land of Missed Opportunities'. Partial liberalisation during the Hawke-Keating era and some further reforms under Howard-Costello let Australian entrepreneurs and citizens realise...

IPA: NSW holding cell chaos a symptom of a wider problem

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Revelations today that Oliver Curtis is still being detained in a holding cell longer than the maximum 48 hours highlight Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat...

IPA: Curtis prison sentence needless and wasteful

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Today's sentencing of Oliver Curtis to prison is a good example of Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat to the community," said Andrew Bushnell, Research...

In Defence of the British Nation State: The Australian Case for Brexit

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Georgina Downer

On 23 June, Britons will be asked, Brexit or not? The answer will have seismic ramifications for the future of democracy, sovereignty and freedom. No lesser advocates than Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron have prosecuted the...

Miners identify red tape as major development roadblock

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A new survey of Australian mining industry sentiment indicates that red tape remains one of the major obstacles to mining growth and development, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Newport Consulting Mining...

Ten red tape initiatives for the next Australian government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Mikayla Novak

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only...

IPA: 10 ways for politicians to cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian economy is shackled by red tape, and our politicians must respond to it if they want growth in our economy," says Darcy Allen, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA has...

Ten Policies We Need To Hear In This Election Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, has today released a list of the top ten policy commitments it wants to see in this election campaign. "While the major party leaders have been moving around the country since early May...

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