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


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Miners identify red tape as major development roadblock

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A new survey of Australian mining industry sentiment indicates that red tape remains one of the major obstacles to mining growth and development, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Newport Consulting Mining...

Ten red tape initiatives for the next Australian government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Mikayla Novak

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only...

IPA: 10 ways for politicians to cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian economy is shackled by red tape, and our politicians must respond to it if they want growth in our economy," says Darcy Allen, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA has...

IPA: Reforms to fine recovery laws are a good idea

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The Australian Labor Party's proposal to enforce court-ordered fines through the tax and transfer system is a good idea that deserves widespread support," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of...

Submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Discussion Paper 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

The future of many existing and potential Australian small businesses are threatened by thousands of pages of unnecessary red tape at all levels of government. Small businesses spend disproportionate resources understanding and complying with...

South Australian electricity price increases prove the danger of ALP's 50 per cent renewable energy target


The decision by South Australia's two leading electricity retailers to significantly increases prices from 1 July, once and for all explodes the myth that more renewables equals lower electricity prices, according to free market think tank the...

Tax, infrastructure and red tape promises put 31,000 Victorian jobs at risk

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny and Brett Hogan

"Election promises that increase taxes and red tape will have very real consequences for the Victorian economy, leading to job losses and creating uncertainty in the labour market," said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think...

Free Market to ALP: Government Spending and Private Investment Is Not The Same


The ALP's Ten Year Plan for Australia's Economy which was released today, confuses government spending with private sector investment according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "A plan for more government debt is not a...

Seafood labelling means higher prices and more red tape


"The New South Wales government's plan to impose country of origin labels on seafood in restaurants will harm competition, raise prices and add to Australia's $176 billion annual cost of red tape," said Daniel Wild, research fellow for free market...

IPA: Minimum wage hike to cost 82,000 jobs


"Today's decision to increase minimum wages will hurt the hundreds of thousands of Australians currently looking for work," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the Fair Work Commission...

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