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


Conservative voters blindsided by Coalition tax increases

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 26th April, 2015

What exactly is the point of a Coalition government if it offers the same sort of tax increases as voters expect from Labor and the Greens? It's...

People, not governments, will end poverty

Economics & Deregulation | Peter Gregory
New Vision Kampala 23rd April, 2015

It is currently fashionable among the international community to claim they need to help countries like Uganda prevent multinational corporations...

New Zealand's 'rock star economy' shows the way

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 18th April, 2015

New Zealand's recent elevation to "rock-star economy" status should be the catalyst for Australia to get its own economic and fiscal houses in...

Keeping to the law is fair in tax

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 17th April, 2015

There are so many things wrong about the current tax debate it's difficult to know where to begin. For a start, Australia is not a low-tax country....

Moral panic overlooks real company tax problem

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
Australian Financial Review 13th April, 2015

The corporate tax profit shifting debate is a classic example of moral panic. First, it's incredibly complicated. How many Australians could...

This small business fetish has gone too far

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 7th April, 2015

As part of its back to basics campaign, the Abbott Government has telegraphed a small business tax package for the 2015 budget. The plan, as far as...


Federal-State relations reform shouldn't be about raising tax levels


In the United States they say that the states are the ‘laboratories of democracy'. What they mean is that a federal system, made up of a separate national government and numerous regional (state) governments, provides the opportunity for...

Melbourne launch of Mrs Gina Rinehart's new book From Red Tape to Red Carpet... and then some - 10 April 2015


Click here to watch Mrs Gina Rinehart. 

The Case Against Tax Reform

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Geoffrey Brennan

This republication of Professor Geoffrey Brennan's seminal work The Case Against Tax Reform has come at a crucial time in Australia's political history.  In 2015, discussion of tax reform fills the policy air. This is no better...