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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Why protecting the pension is a political con job

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
Sunday Age 26th January, 2014

You'll only make it in politics if you are willing to be completely shameless. On Tuesday Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews flagged a major...

A peer funding model for the arts?

Governance & Service Provision | Jason Potts
The Conversation 14th January, 2014

A recent paper by five mathematical computer scientists at Indiana University (published in EMBO Reports, a forum for short papers in molecular...

Barack to the future

Governance & Service Provision | Tom Switzer
The Age 8th November, 2012

Barack Obama and his supporters in America and abroad are understandably thrilled after winning a remarkable electoral victory. They are entitled...

The 50,000+ staff draining our economy

Economics & Deregulation and Governance & Service Provision | Julie Novak
The Public Sector Informant 6th November, 2012

'Fiscal austerity'' has become the phrase of choice for Western countries that need to rectify the excesses of recent decades, culminating in the...

In praise of ticket scalping, horse eating and trading in human organs

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 4th November, 2012

Should we be able to buy horse meat at restaurants or for home cooking? It is not as if horses are a protected species. We already export them for...

2016 holds hope for Republicans

Governance & Service Provision | James Paterson
The Drum 8th December, 2011

Looking at the current crop of Republican presidential hopefuls, it's no wonder many conservatives are despondent. To call the field lacklustre is...


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...

Abolish the grants commission: IPA


Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has called for the abolition of the Commonwealth Grants Commission as part of a wholesale reform agenda for Australian federalism. According to Julie Novak, Research Fellow at the IPA, 'The...