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


We Need To Raise The Bar Of Our Criminal Justice System

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
Huffington Post 1st August, 2016

The recent Four Corners exposé of mistreatment of young people in juvenile detention in the Northern Territory shocked all Australians. The...

The crumbling of political process

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 29th July, 2016

An America four years down the track in which the pop star Kanye West is the Democratic Party nominee for president, and Phil Robertson is the...

Let's get fine defaulters out of our jails

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
Canberra Times 28th July, 2016

Reporting of Andrew Leigh's reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his...

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

Ideas & Liberty 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...


A world without cultural appropriation


Author Lionel Shriver raised a lot of controversy at this year's Brisbane Writers' Festival for launching a defence of cultural appropriation. She argued that authors should be able to borrow the experiences of people from other cultures to inform...

Volunteerism and civil society


The principles of civil society are at the heart of Australia's social fabric. Throughout history, Australians have exemplified an altruism and generosity that has enriched our public life and supported the most vulnerable members of our...

Royal Commission Into Abuse in Juvenile Detention Should Put Criminal Justice Reform on the National Agenda

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The 4 Corners exposé of abuse in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory has shocked the national conscience and should raise broader questions about Australia's approach to criminal justice," said Andrew Bushnell, Research...