Governance & Service Provision

Governance & Service Provision

The Institute of Public Affairs examines the the critical area of government and public sector reform, the importance of a strong civil society and high levels of social capital, and the importance of choice and competition in the traditionally government provided sectors of health and education.

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Abbott's strategy just a blast from the past

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th February, 2015

Here's the problem. Yes, Tony Abbott survived the spill. But that majority vote of support in the Prime Minister was not in spite of his public...

Conservatives turn their critical eye on Abbott

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 3rd February, 2015

You almost never get a natural experiment in politics like this. Yet now we're in the third prime ministerial leadership crisis in five years. So...

Testing times make for great (and awful) leaders

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 30th December, 2014

Tim Fischer, deputy prime minister in the Howard government, thinks John Monash, the legendary Australian military commander during the First World...

Liberals shouldn't have abandoned their principles

Governance & Service Provision | James Paterson
The Age 2nd December, 2014

Losing government after one term is a tragedy for Victorian Liberals. But they should be even more disappointed that they didn't use the four years...

Handing out money is no substitute for reform

Governance & Service Provision | Simon Breheny
Australian Financial Review 2nd December, 2014

Some might think the 2014 Victorian state election was a referendum on the East West Link. But they overlook the vital $209,000 investment in a...

Fixed terms made a farce of Victorian politics

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 2nd December, 2014

It's true that on Saturday the Coalition government became the first one-term Victorian government in more than half a century. But it's also true...


Government should reject IMF call for higher taxes

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Abbott government should publicly reject IMF head Christine Lagarde's call to slug Australians with a higher GST, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The head of the IMF is yet to set foot in Australia...

Project Western Australia: A Growth and Productivity Agenda for the Next Government

BOOK | John Hyde and Andrew Pickford

The need for sound economic reform never ends. But there has never been a more important time than now. In this important volume, John Hyde and Andrew Pickford pull together the most important priorities for the next government of...

Accountability for our aid dollar - Time to hit the pause button?


There are serious questions to be asked about the number of NGOs that actively campaign for more aid expenditure in Australia, while they are concurrently recipients of that aid. Some of these NGOs receive aid funding to engage in...