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


After Brexit, Anglo-Oz relations can flourish

Economics & Deregulation | Matthew Lesh
Spiked 12th October, 2016

Australia's cultural, social and political history is entwined with Britain's. We share a language, the Westminster democratic system, the common...

Federal spending a dangerous drug of dependence

Economics & Deregulation | Brett Hogan
Australian Financial Review 22nd September, 2016

While the deal struck last week between the government and opposition to get $6.3 billion of savings over four years through the Parliament is...

How to defuse the authoritarian populist timebomb

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 17th September, 2016

It is no foregone conclusion that simply giving government more power and money will fix income inequality. Adam Smith once wryly said "there is a...

The Turnbull government backs an unprincipled purpose of super

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 9th September, 2016

On Wednesday the Turnbull government released draft legislation to bring some of its superannuation promises into law. These changes are not the...

A shift in monetary policy won't work miracles

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 5th September, 2016

A nominal GDP target for central banks isn't without merit, but a monetary fix won't be a cure-all for our economic problems. Given these chaotic...

Still a strong case for keeping privatisation in the reform tool kit

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 22nd August, 2016

Despite recent concerns raised by the head of Australia's competition watchdog, privatisation remains a viable reform option. Even though it has...


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


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


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...