Ideas & Liberty

Ideas & Liberty

The Institute of Public Affairs examines the philosophical and moral case for liberty. By situating current political, economic and social debate in the history of Australian and international liberalism, it is possible to shed new light on the questions of today. The Institute of Public Affairs approaches political debate firmly grounded with an appreciation of entrepeneurship, civil liberties, individual responsiblity and free markets.

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Shinzo Abe's visit remind us what a crucial ally he is to Australia

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Shearer
Australian Financial Review 16th January, 2017

It is doubtful many Australians realise what a consequential leader Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been for Australia. During Abe's first,...

The fetishisation of the expert

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 13th January, 2017

Last month in the wake of Donald Trump's election as US president, Julia Baird the host of ABC TV's The Drum wrote a revealing article in The...

A political lesson for Australian politics from Brexit and Trump

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 16th December, 2016

In Reflections on the Revolution in France published in 1790, Edmund Burke concluded that "A state without the means of some change is without the...

Green-left legerdemain doesn’t make religion relevant

Ideas & Liberty | Father James Grant
The Spectator Australia 8th December, 2016

It has long been obvious that the political agenda of some Catholic organisations and schools rest solidly within the Green-left advocacy model,...

Democracy is not populism

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 2nd December, 2016

The death of the murderous dictator Fidel Castro is a timely reminder of the alternatives to democracy. Winston Churchill was right on nearly all...

It's offensive when Labor plays politics with racism

Ideas & Liberty | Gideon Rozner
Herald Sun 1st December, 2016

It is disappointing when politicians stir up racial and religious tensions for their own political purposes. And it's not politicians on the Right...

Sugar tax leaves a bitter taste

Ideas & Liberty | Matthew Lesh
The Daily Telegraph 24th November, 2016

The Grattan Institute's report demanding a new sugar tax on soft drinks is a blatant insult to the Australian people. Grattan, founded by the Rudd...

Why I joined — and quit — the Australian Republican Movement

Ideas & Liberty | Evan Mulholland
The Spectator Australia 23rd November, 2016

As a long-time republican, I made the decision last year to join the Australian Republican Movement. Having spent the better part of the past...

Donald Trump vote was all about voters having a different choice

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 18th November, 2016

Last Wednesday afternoon, just as it was becoming clear Donald Trump would win the US presidential election Aaron Patrick, senior writer at this...

18C repeal the only solution on freedom of speech

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
The Australian 11th November, 2016

Here's a simple idea all lawmakers should adopt: when a law is fundamentally broken, it should be repealed. Not replaced. Repealed. So it is with...

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