Food & Environment

Food & Environment

Australia is rich in both ecology and natural resources. The Institute of Public Affairs Food and Environment Unit seeks to determine our national and international role in feeding the world and protecting the environment. The IPA examines environmental and agricultural policies across the countries, with particular emphasis on climate change policy, water, agricultural biotechnology, resource management, and market-based solutions to environmental challenges.

Sub-topics of Food & Environment

News

Local farmers, not distant regulators, are best placed to protect our environment

Food & Environment | Daniel Wild
Goondiwindi Argus 2nd August, 2016

Toobeah farmer John Norman's nightmare experience with red tape and excessive bureaucracy illustrates an issue many farmers face. It shouldn't have...

Privatise Tasmania's forests

Food & Environment | Aaron Lane
The Age 9th March, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was right last week to describe foresters as the ''ultimate conservationists''. He said he would seek to delist 74,000...

Scare campaigns aside, GST on food is a no-brainer

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment and Food | Chris Berg
The Drum 13th August, 2013

Let us thank Kevin Rudd for reminding voters that "great big new tax" scare campaigns are a bipartisan affair. The sole hook for Labor's claim that...

We need more supermarkets, not regulation

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment, Deregulation Unit and Food | Tim Wilson
The Australian 29th January, 2013

To drive down prices at the supermarket checkout requires more supermarkets, not more regulation. Competition tsar Rod Sims has indicated 2013 will...

Should the government restrict super-sizing junk food?

Food & Environment, Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit, Food and Nanny State | James Paterson
Herald Sun 30th September, 2012

There's a lot of competition for the most stupid Nanny State proposal. But if forced to choose, plans to restrict serving sizes would have to take...

Just be grateful airlines can feed you at all

Food & Environment and Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 24th June, 2012

Nobody, it seems, is happy with the food served on planes. But it may surprise you to learn that it's our own fault. The customer is to blame....

Publications

Labor animal welfare policy means more red tape for farmers

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian Labor Party's proposed animal welfare policy will increase the red tape burden on Australian farmers," said Evan Mulholland, spokesperson for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On Wednesday Labor announced its...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Rainfall forecasts should be benchmarked

MEDIA RELEASE | Jennifer Marohasy

The Bureau of Meteorology uses general circulation models underpinned by the theory of anthropogenic global warming as a basis for its weather and climate forecasts. According to Institute of Public Affairs Senior Fellow, Dr Jennifer Marohasy,...