Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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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...

Free speech on campus audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Matthew Lesh

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of...

The 176 billion tax on our prosperity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form...

Legal rights audit 2015

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg

This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the...

What politicians need to know about negative gearing

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under...

Driving a soft bargain

OCCASIONAL PAPER | James Paterson

All current Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreements have a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014, and are currently in the bargaining stage for the next suite of agreements. This report examines the APS Agreements of the Top 10 Commonwealth...

The Curtin-Chifley origins of the Australian bank deposit guarantee

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

In 2008, the Australian government introduced a guarantee of bank deposits. However, in 1945 the Curtin-Chifley government had already introduced what it believed was an explicit bank deposit guarantee. Using archival material, this paper shows...

Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

It is the longstanding view of the Institute of Public Affairs that governments ought to respect the autonomous decision of consumers to gamble with their own money, as the choice to do so reflects their individual preferences. In this...

Cyberbullying and public policy

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

Cyberbullying is a topic of increasing sociological, legal and educational focus. There has been a great deal of media interest in the prevalence and harm caused by cyberbullying. Likewise, there has also been substantial public policy interest in...

Making welfare sustainable

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Australia has a targeted tax transfer system compared with other developed countries, but on the outlays side there still remains too much welfare spending directed to middle and upper classes (defined here at households in top 60 per cent of...

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