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Trade Union Royal Commission must continue: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's decision by Dyson Heydon to remain as Trade Union Royal Commissioner should put this matter to rest and allow this corruption inquiry to resume its important work, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and Innovation Policy at free...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

Summit shows reform consensus does not exist

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

"Today's National Reform Summit has failed to agree to a meaningful reform agenda," says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Mr Paterson participated in the Summit in Sydney...

GST on all online purchases is an unwelcome new tax: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Joe Hockey's decision to extend the GST to online purchases below $1,000 by 2017 is a new tax that will hurt Australian consumers, according to Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced that the...

FACTSHEET: Income tax - weighing down the family budget

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

As previous Institute of Public Affairs research has shown, Australia is not a low tax country. An apples-with-apples comparison which includes both European social security taxes that cover retirement incomes, and Australia's compulsory...

Income tax weighing down the Australian family budget

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

The federal government should not increase the Medicare Levy, since Australian households are already spending more of their incomes in income tax than on basic necessities. Adjusted for price inflation, income tax payments took away 13 per cent...

Regulate unions and employer bodies like corporations: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Australia's workplace relations laws should ensure that the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that apply to companies, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and...

Submission to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

From at least 1825, specific laws have existed to regulate trade unions, and since the passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Clth), registered trade unions and employer organisations have enjoyed unique privileges under Australia's...

Medicare levy hike will worsen our tax burden: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government must explicitly rule out another increase to the Medicare Levy, which would entrench Australia as one of the highest taxing countries in the world, according to the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....

Productivity commission does not go far enough on workplace relations

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Australia's Workplace Relations Framework is an important first step on the path of workplace relations reform, but more needs to be done, according to Brett Hogan, Director of Energy and Innovation...

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