Economics & Deregulation / Energy

Energy is a vital area of the Australian economy, but it is constantly threatened by regulation and taxation. The Institute of Public Affairs examines the regulatory framework governing the energy sector and shows how deregulation can ensure that firms are given every opportunity to operate efficiently and that consumers receive the full benefits of a deregulated energy market. Environmental policies are also likely to challenge the vitality of this important sector.

The IPA also runs the Energy Forum, which brings together firms in the electricity and gas supply industry, all of which share a common view that privatisation and minimal levels of regulation will best serve the community. It provides a platform on which major industry leaders can test their views and subject them to informed criticism. Energy Forum papers are available here. For more information about the Energy Forum, please contact Alan Moran.

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Red tape hampers resources recovery for miners

Energy | Darcy Allen
West Australian 8th October, 2016

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a...

Strip Greens of pointless funding

Energy | Daniel Wild
Courier Mail 5th October, 2016

After years of litigation, environmental activists have been dealt a terrible intellectual and legal blow by the Queensland Supreme Court:...

WA Labor's uranium ban sells the state short

Energy | Daniel Wild
The Spectator Australia 14th September, 2016

According to WA Labor's Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations'. Yet if elected WA...

Energy ministers need to facilitate, not limit, consumer choices

Energy | Brett Hogan
Australian Financial Review 19th August, 2016

As the nation's Energy Ministers prepare for Friday's meeting in Canberra to discuss how to "ensure energy markets remain stable and secure" it...

Fossil fuels are good business for universities

Energy | Matthew Lesh
Brisbane Times 28th April, 2016

Australian universities divesting from fossil fuels is costly, ineffective, and ultimately bad for students. In recent weeks divestment protesters...

Projects like Adani's are vital to lift India's millions out of poverty

Energy | Brett Hogan
The Courier Mail 13th October, 2015

Recent comments by India's Energy Minister Piyush Goyal should be compulsory reading for opponents of both the proposed Adani coal mine in the...


Submission To The Senate Economics Committee Inquiry Into The Superannuation -Objective- Bill 2016 -Provisions-

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Policymakers shouldn't be asking how the superannuation system can better support government spending, or more stringently punish those who seek to take care of themselves. It should be about how our society can encourage more people to take...

Australians don't want higher power bills from forced coal closures


Nearly 50% of Australians would disapprove of the closure of coal-fired power plants if electricity prices were to increase by between 4 and 10 per cent the following year, according to a new survey conducted by Galaxy Research for free market...

Senate coal committee report a sellout


The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...