Recent publications

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The future is bright

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Hugh Tobin

Over-population, food shortages and an environment on the brink of collapse. It's easy to be pessimistic about the world's future. This is why it is a relief to find that there are some scientists who still believe that the world might not be on...

Why the free market produces the best art

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Wilson

Art is for consumption, and when it is designed with the audience in mind it provides a feast. And a cultural feast has been provided by Tasmania's privately run and owned gallery-the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. MONA's collection is one of...

An Austere President

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Kyle Kutasi

It's a well-worn cliché that those who do not learn the lessons from history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. If the wrong lessons are drawn from previous events, then such mistakes are a certainty. It is therefore regrettable for us all...

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...

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