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


Red tape strangling opportunity

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
Daily Telegraph 25th July, 2016

Australia is supposed to be the land of the fair go. When someone wants to take on a new challenge, most of us cheer them on. This spirit is one of...

Now not the time to retreat from health reform

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

The politically effective Mediscare campaign is a powerful reminder of Australia's growing reluctance to pursue health sector reform. With the 2016...

Malcolm Turnbull is set on making super another ETS moment for himself

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 15th July, 2016

In 2009 as the leader of the opposition Malcolm Turnbull supported the introduction of an emissions trading scheme. He maintained his support for...

Protectionists do Australia no favours

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
The Canberra Times 8th July, 2016

The federal Parliament is now stacked with politicians peddling anti-globalisation agendas contrary to Australia's interests. The underlying...

Where did it go wrong for Turnbull? The budget

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 5th July, 2016

How did it all go wrong for Malcolm Turnbull? The Coalition may be returned to government yet, either as a minority or a majority. But it's hard to...

Election 2016: Super changes bad policy, bad politics: Roskam

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 4th July, 2016

Exit polling from Saturday's election revealed 37 per cent of voters rated the Coalition's superannuation tax increases a "very important" election...


Productivity Commission Draft Report into Agriculture Red Tape Welcome


"Australian agriculture is worth over $50 billion each year to this country, but it is shackled by unnecessary and burdensome red tape," said IPA research fellow Darcy Allen. These comments come after the release today of the Productivity...

IPA: Superannuation Tax Hikes Should Be Replaced By Spending Cuts

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Turnbull government should cut government spending or delay the introduction of its proposed company tax cuts instead of increasing taxes on superannuation says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute...

Hung parliament to cost extra 1bn dollars in interest - IPA calls for PBO costing of cross-bench negotiations

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A hung federal parliament risks a credit rating downgrade and higher interest bills on national public debt, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘If Australia lost its AAA credit rating the interest rate on...