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


Mandatory sentencing: a king hit for courts

Ideas & Liberty and Legal Rights Project | Chris Berg
The Drum 19th August, 2014

You can smell the air of an election in Victoria. On Sunday the Napthine Government announced it wants 10-year mandatory minimum sentences for...

ACCC goes AWOL on union bullies

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 18th July, 2014

The Abbott government's Royal Commission on Trade Union Governance and Corruption is aimed at the wrong target. It's the regulators and the law...

The lessons Abbott should learn from Victoria

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
ABC The Drum 15th July, 2014

Tony Abbott ought to be watching Victoria closely. His problem - a disgruntled former Liberal controlling the balance of power and holding the...

Iraq: Why we must not go back

Ideas & Liberty | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 12th July, 2014

The heightened instability in Iraq arising from the ISIL insurgency should serve as a reminder of the failings of interventionist foreign policy...

Cherry-picking stats an uncertain science

Ideas & Liberty and Deregulation Unit | Sinclair Davidson
The Australian 18th June, 2014

There has been a kerfuffle over Christian Kerr's article last week. On Monday night, Media Watch got into the act. So let's remind ourselves of the...

True economic liberty means more open borders

Economics & Deregulation and Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th June, 2014

There are two versions of David Brat, the upstart who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia Republican primary last week. The...


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...

2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index Factsheet



2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index


Research Paper