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


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...

Brexit would be good for the UK and good for Europe

Ideas & Liberty | Brett Hogan
Lowy Interpreter 22nd June, 2016

This article was written by Brett Hogan and John Roskam. This week's referendum on whether the UK remains with, or leaves, the EU is primarily...

Proposed changes to CFA are an attack on volunteer firefighters

Ideas & Liberty | Tony Abbott
Herald Sun 21st June, 2016

When Australians see a job that needs to be done, we roll up our sleeves, join with our neighbours and make a difference. This is one of our key...

Brexit is shaping as the EU's swansong

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Herald Sun 20th June, 2016

Next Thursday 23 June, British voters will go to the polls to decide whether to remain in the European Union or leave it. Since joining the EU over...

The once-in-a-generation change to our foreign policy

Ideas & Liberty | Tom Switzer
Sydney Morning Herald 13th June, 2016

Great sea changes of foreign-policy opinion are rare in Australian politics, taking place perhaps once in a generation. But there is ample evidence...


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...

Ten Policies We Need To Hear In This Election Campaign


Free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, has today released a list of the top ten policy commitments it wants to see in this election campaign. "While the major party leaders have been moving around the country since early May...