Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions.

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell and Daniel Wild

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people's lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a...

Ensuring a future for Australian coal fired power stations

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of...

How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly...

Code Red

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Aaron Lane and Gideon Rozner

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body's ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must...

Strangling the goose with the golden egg

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Rebecca Weisser

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system...

Your Right to Work: The Employment Policy of a Truly Liberal Government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Stephen Sasse

At its heart, industrial relations law is about people, and their ability to earn an income, support a family and take greater responsibility for their own lives. In other words, employment is not about what we do - but who we are. Through work we...

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...

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...

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...

The Red Tape State

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the...

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