Recent publications

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The far-left history of the Australian Greens

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Christian Kerr

A paradox lies at the very heart of the Greens. ‘The first Green Party anywhere in the world began in Australia in 1972, the United Tasmania Group, which grew out of pioneering Australian environmental campaigns,' the official creation story...

Margaret Thatcher. A tribute to Britain's great leader

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Only twice in my years as a Liberal Student at Melbourne University was I physically attacked. It says something about the Left's visceral and irrational hatred of Margaret Thatcher that one of these assaults was prompted by my celebrating...

An Australian ruling class?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam

In 1964 Donald Horne's The Lucky Country was published. Horne had one basic argument-‘Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.' By the mid-1960s an emerging class of tertiary-educated professionals...

New IPA video on local government referendum

MEDIA RELEASE | Tim Wilson

The Institute of Public Affairs, Australia's oldest free market think tank, today released a new research video on why the local government referendum deserves to fail. The video is available on YouTube and can be accessed here. "The local...

Consumer-driven competition and business models driving supermarket retail prices down by at least 5%

MEDIA RELEASE | Tim Wilson

"Pressure from consumers to increase efficiencies, scale and competition are cutting supermarket retail prices by at least five per cent", said Tim Wilson, Director of the IP and Free Trade Unit at the free market Institute of Public Affairs...

Consumer-driven price cuts through scale

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

How consumers are driving business models to deliver lower prices and improve convenience and quality.

Coalition must withdraw referendum support - or be complicit in rigging democracy

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

"The federal Coalition must immediately withdraw its support for the local government referendum. If it does not it will be complicit with the Gillard government's plans to rig Australian democracy", said John Roskam, Executive Director of the...

US surveillance scandal a warning against Gillard government data retention proposal

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The extraordinary surveillance program by the United States government revealed last week is a warning against the dangers of the Gillard government's proposed data retention laws," said Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free...

When Everything Was Going Wrong: Britain in the Seventies

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Almost everything in 1970s Britain seemed to be failing. Its industrial economy was in steep decline, crippled by strikes and excessive wage demands. Inflation peaked at over 30 per cent and unemployment reached its highest level since the War....

Constitutional recognition of local government: the real issues

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Ray Braithwaite

Referendum question 3

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