Economics & Deregulation

Economics & Deregulation

Economic policy research has been a core area of the Institute of Public Affairs since the IPA was founded in 1943. The IPA examines state and federal tax, spending and regulatory initiatives, looking carefully at the unintended consequences of government intervention in the economy. Of particular interest are tax reform, government spending, industrial relations, trade liberalisation, economic freedom, physical and intellectual property rights and regulation.

Sub-topics of Economics & Deregulation

Publications

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Australia must now follow the United States and cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of...

Throttling Superannuation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brett Hogan

On 3 May 2016, in his first budget as Treasurer, Scott Morrison took the nation by surprise when he announced significant changes to the taxation and regulatory treatment of superannuation. Now both the Coalition and the Labor Party are treating...

Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Australian Government Superannuation Imposition Bill

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five Australians do not have enough savings to fully fund their retirement. Yet rather than identify new ways to encourage all Australians to put more...

Australia's Tax Mutineers

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Matthew Lesh

The most significant political transformations in human history originated as rebellions against unfair taxation. The Magna Carta and the Glorious Revolution, establishing the principles of the rule of law and parliamentary sovereignty, were...

Toxic Greens

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen and Daniel Wild

Earlier this year in central Victoria, an orchid stopped a gold mine. The plant was growing seven kilometres away from the proposed mine site-a treeless, badly eroded 15 hectare block grazed by sheep for more than a century. But the three miners...

Taming the Final Frontier

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

On November 25 last year, Barack Obama signed what one commentator described as ‘the most sweeping legislative recognition of property rights in human history'. The cause for such a grand claim? The US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness...

Default superannuation - let all Australians choose

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

All Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund according to a submission to the Productivity Commission's Superannuation Default Model Inquiry by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "There should be...

Submission on alternative superannuation default models

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

The Institute of Public Affairs believes that superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and choice, as well as the appropriate role of government and its regulatory...

IPA: Environmental lawfare has cost the economy up to 1.2 billion

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

The Turnbull government is right to act to repeal section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, which has enabled environmental groups to delay and disrupt major projects through legal challenges, according to...

How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly...

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