Archived publication for 2009
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A growing risk: The impacts and consequences of rising state government employment

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dr Mikayla Novak

The greatest increase in total state public sector staffing has been in the area of government administration. There is also evidence of growth in ‘back office' staff in the key service delivery areas of education, health and policing.

Tax Cuts Not Stimulus Spending

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alex Robson

Over the course of the 2008-09 financial year the Australian Government took a series of significant fiscal policy decisions which were designed to act as an economic stimulus. This paper asks the following simple hypothetical question: if those...

Tax Cuts Instead of Stimulus Spending Gives Average Australian $8,200 Tax Cut

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Over the course of the 2008-09 financial year the Australian Government took a series of significant fiscal policy decisions which were designed to act as an economic stimulus. This paper asks the following simple hypothetical question: if those...

122 ways towards a Nanny State

OCCASIONAL PAPER

The Preventative Health Taskforce released its report on 1 September 2009. With 122 recommendations, it provides a blueprint for the Nanny State in Australia. New laws 1. Food and beverages classification 2. Junk food if self-regulation fails 3....

What have the neo-liberals ever done for us?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Christian Kerr

The Life of Brian is not the best Monty Python film.* Its satire of religion, unlike general Python jibes against authority, looks dated. Its political satire though-‘What have the Romans ever done for us'-is an entirely different matter....

New world leaders and the politics of power

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tom Switzer

IPA Review | March 2009 In early 2008, David Cameron said he greatly admired Barack Obama and pledged to bring some of the same uplifting spirit of change and renewal that the American Democrat generated in the US to the British political scene....

Keeping up with Kevin: Kevin Rudd's testosterone technocracy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

"From time to time in human history there occur events of a truly seismic significance, events that mark a turning point between one epoch and the next." If the Prime Minister's rhetoric is anything to go by, big things are brewing. He announced...

Submission to the Preventative Health Taskforce Discussion Paper

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The National Preventative Health Taskforce's Discussion Paper: 1) downplays the positive role individual choices can play in the health sphere, 2) pays little attention to the rights of individuals to consume legal products of their...

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