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The Institute of Public Affairs Deregulation Unit seeks to reduce government intervention in the economy. Regulatory reform has been important in promoting the economic improvement Australia has experienced during the reform period. By examining regulation in trade, labour markets, corporate behaviour, energy, infrastructure and the social sphere, the Deregulation Unit recommends further avenues for reform.

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Red tape ready for Malcolm Turnbull to cut

Deregulation Unit | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 23rd September, 2016

The ridiculous story of Tori Gentle and Bea Cobon and their cafe reveals how red tape threatens Australia's prosperity. Their cafe is a small...

Christmas carol ban is out of tune with society

Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit and Legal Rights Project | Simon Breheny
The Australian 22nd December, 2015

Victoria's public schools are the frontline in the war on Christmas. In an extraordinary decision of the Andrews government, Education Minister...

A cigarette that could actually save lives

Deregulation Unit | Simon Breheny
The Daily Telegraph 11th March, 2015

Electronic cigarettes may be the greatest tool in the fight against lung cancer that the world has ever seen. They're cheap, convenient and they're...

What is a taxi? Regulation and the sharing economy

Economics & Deregulation and Deregulation Unit | Darcy Allen
OECD Insights 22nd December, 2014

The ‘sharing economy' has emerged because new technologies such as the internet have drastically reduced transaction costs. Embracing these...

Liberalising land regulations would open new frontiers

Economics & Deregulation and Deregulation Unit | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 28th November, 2014

Relaxing the labyrinthine restrictions over the use of our abundant land could fundamentally transform the economy and enhance our standard of...

The Abbott Government's chance for real reform

Deregulation Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 25th November, 2014

The word "deregulation" has been steadily degraded over the last two decades. Like the word reform, it is both overused and overly abstract....


Submission to Ride Sourcing Inquiry


The IPA submits that the only objective of legislative action should be reducing regulatory barriers to entrepreneurs developing new approaches to public transport, such as ride-sharing. Currently, such an objective benefits riders and drivers...

IPA: Youth Crime Rate Shows That Violent Offenders Must Be Detained


‘The recent spate of violent crime perpetrated by youths across Victoria reveals a broken and backwards criminal justice system,' said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The...

Bill Shorten's red tape steel protectionism worst of both worlds


"Labor's plan to impose new regulation on steel used in government projects is an unholy alliance of protectionism and red tape", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday Bill Shorten...