Recent publications

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Time to dump costly parental leave scheme

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alex Hawke

In 1975, Malcolm Fraser's Liberal government had the largest parliamentary majority in Australian history. The story is now well known: Gough Whitlam oversaw a massive expansion of the public sector, increasing government spending by more than 40...

A tribute to James Buchanan

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Julie Novak

Last month one of the iconic figures of twentieth century classical liberalism, James McGill Buchanan, passed away aged 93. Buchanan has been rightly credited for his leading role in forging the ‘public choice' approach to political...

Victories for free speech

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Canada's successful effort to repeal laws that curtail freedom of speech demonstrates that restoring free speech is possible, but far from guaranteed. It's taken their Conservative government six years to take action on an unpopular law which...

STRANGE TIMES: The government's guide to Australia Day

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

I'm not going to lie (a first for Strange Times?). But Australia Day troubles me. There's something slightly creepy about how our government gives a taxpayer funded pat on the head to the very best number one citizen for the year. And it annoys me...

Freedom of speech threatened by Tasmanian bill

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Proposed changes contained in the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013 threaten freedom of speech and freedom of conscience," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of...

Margaret Thatcher

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

Today's funeral for Margaret Thatcher in London provides an opportunity to reflect on her incredible legacy as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, says the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. "Australian politicians should...

Submission to the Expert Advisers on the National Energy Consumer Advocacy Panel

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Submission to the Expert Advisers on the National Energy Consumer Advocacy Panel: Proposal for a National Energy Consumer Advocacy Body  

Rupert Murdoch's speech to the IPA - 4 April 2013

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Tony Abbott on 70 years of the IPA - 4 April 2013

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The war on democracy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

In 1953 a bitter Bertolt Brecht wrote, 'Would it not be easier / In that case for the government / To dissolve the people / And elect another?' With these lines, Brecht brilliantly captured the dripping contempt that some purportedly 'democratic'...

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