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.

Sub-topics of Ideas & Liberty


Britian's first post-Brexit PM Theresa May will be tested

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Herald Sun 14th July, 2016

Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister. Should we "Keep Calm and Carry On" or hit the panic button? The initial reaction from markets and the...

A Pokemon in the eye for nanny state

Ideas & Liberty | Matthew Lesh
Daily Telegraph 13th July, 2016

A new app is doing what years of nanny state programs and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars failed to do - get people outside, on their feet and...

Populism is not a dirty word

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 10th July, 2016

The political news right now is Malcolm Turnbull's tenuous hold on government. But tight elections aren't unusual. The real significance of the...

Saying you have a plan isn't enough to win an election

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
Sydney Morning Herald 4th July, 2016

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the...

Perverse small-target strategies leave voters guessing

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 29th June, 2016

Oppositions often run small-target strategies. It's been pretty special to watch an incumbent government run one. On the one hand, this approach by...

The British have spoken, but hard work lies ahead

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Herald Sun 28th June, 2016

The British people have spoken and they chose Brexit. The result is the most important victory for freedom and democracy since World War II. Once...


That was right


Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke at the Athanaeum Club in Melbourne for an IPA members function. More than sixty years...

IPA: NSW holding cell chaos a symptom of a wider problem

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Revelations today that Oliver Curtis is still being detained in a holding cell longer than the maximum 48 hours highlight Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat...

In Defence of the British Nation State: The Australian Case for Brexit

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Georgina Downer

On 23 June, Britons will be asked, Brexit or not? The answer will have seismic ramifications for the future of democracy, sovereignty and freedom. No lesser advocates than Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron have prosecuted the...