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


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...

Relevance won Victoria for Labor

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 5th December, 2014

The reason the Coalition lost the Victorian state election was not because it wasn't left-wing enough. And it wasn't because of Tony Abbott. It was...

Scorched earth as the ABC defends its digital empire

Ideas & Liberty | James Paterson
Australian Financial Review 26th November, 2014

ABC managing director Mark Scott's response to the Abbott government's funding cuts demonstrates exactly why the public broadcaster is long overdue...

Election campaign a time for politicians to promise what they can't deliver

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 25th November, 2014

Election campaigns are incredibly frustrating. It's not just that they consist almost entirely of promises that we, the voters, have no way of...

Why we can't shake off the cultural cringe

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 21st November, 2014

The phenomenon Arthur Phillips famously described as the "Australian cultural cringe" is alive and well. It was on display during the G20 meeting....

Indigenous recognition will hand power to judges

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
The Australian 3rd November, 2014

Democracy in Decline is an important new book by James Allan, a law professor at the University of Queensland, published by Connor Court. In 2009,...


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


An occasional paper

2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index Factsheet