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


Policy retreats expose the Government's weak will

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th March, 2015

Every government budget, even the most generous, has winners and losers. That's politics. The interests of one group are bartered against the...

Islamic State is destroying ideas, not just artefacts

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 10th March, 2015

It is characteristic of totalitarian societies that they feel they need control over the past as well as the present. So it's hard not to see an...

Pay gap due to women's choices, not gender bias

Ideas & Liberty | Mikayla Novak
The Age 8th March, 2015

It has become a fashion to mark International Women's Day each year with discussion about statistical differences between what women and men...

Retain our privacy, not our data

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 25th February, 2015

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris told an audience at the weekend that "those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear"....

Free markets better than climate faith

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 30th January, 2015

It's entirely appropriate that a few weeks ago the Pope should talk about climate change. Climate change has after all become a matter of faith,...

Anti-terrorism law reform follows legislate in haste, repeal at leisure approach

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 7th December, 2014

The national security debate over the past four months has been one of the most revealing about Australian political culture in a long time. It's...


Aunty out of control


There's only one way to fix the ABC, and that is by privatising it. Everything else is window dressing. If the ABC wants to be reformed, they are doing everything in their power to make it happen. Since the election of the Abbott government, it is...

The City and The State


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2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index Factsheet