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Taxpayer Funded Submissions Distort Inquiry As Racial Hatred Claims Blowout

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"Contributions to public debate from taxpayer-funded, ideologically-biased groups distort the public policy process," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Research by the Institute of...

Free Speech Inquiry Disappoints In Failing To Recommend 18C Repeal

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"It is disappointing that the human rights committee has today failed to recommend the complete repeal of 18C as an option for reform in its freedom of speech inquiry report tabled today," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free market...

Legal Rights Audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Simon Breheny and Morgan Begg, with assistance from Jake Fraser This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all...

New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being persistently eroded under federal laws," says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA's report entitled Legal Rights Audit...

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"It is encouraging that the Fair Work Commission has moved in the right direction to make weekend work more secure," says Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. "Penalty rates are a penalty on jobs. The higher the penalty,...

Minor Party Voters Fed Up With Red Tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Fifty-two per cent of minor party voters believe Australia is over-regulated, according to an Essential Research poll released on 14 February 2017. "This is clear evidence that minor party voters are fed up with the burden imposed by red tape and...

New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

This week the Institute of Public Affairs launched its new Parliamentary Research Brief Program which will provide concise analysis on topical issues direct to parliamentarians. "The program builds on what the IPA has always been about:...

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint...

IPA: Victorian Opposition Right To Repeal Victorian Renewable Energy Target

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"The Victorian Opposition is right to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in Victoria. It is a costly scheme which raises energy prices while providing no noticeable benefits to the environment," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow...

5 Reasons To Abolish The RET

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity - 24 per cent - be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly retailers, are required to purchase a certain amount of wholesale...

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