Recent publications

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The true costs of national debt

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Among the estimated 3.5 billion websites around the world, there is one that is almost guaranteed to keep adults lying awake at night and force horrified children to run for cover. It is the global public sector debt clock website maintained by...

All roads lead to Canberra

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Kevin Donnelly

One of the defining features of left-of-centre parties - exemplified by ALP Commonwealth government over the last six years - is the urge to centralise power and to adopt a command and control model of public policy. As argued by Friedrich Hayek...

STRANGE TIMES: Never fear, entrepreneurs - the government is here to help

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

Whilst browsing through the website of a prominent British magazine the other day, my eyes were drawn to an advertisement which loudly proclaimed, ‘New Government Support for Young Entrepreneurs'. ‘Oh terrific', I thought to myself,...

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...

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