Scott Hargreaves

Executive Director

Scott is passionate about Australia and its people, and securing their freedoms and prosperity for the next generation.

He has the honour of leading a team of talented, committed and enthusiastic men and women who conduct and disseminate the IPA’s research across Australia, making an impact for the better.

He joined the IPA staff in 2015 having been a member of the IPA for over twenty years prior to that. During that time he gained experience in a range of private and public organisations, including periods inside government, in the corporate world, and running small businesses.

Amongst other responsibilities he is Editor of the IPA Review, Australia’s oldest continuously published magazine covering politics and public affairs. As can be seen from his publications he produces evidences and argument for smaller government, individual freedom, and western civilisation, and against the infusion of post-modernism into our education system, climate catastrophism, and government waste.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and a Master of Commercial Law.

Liberalism To The Barricades, Again
3 June 2024

Liberalism To The Barricades, Again

The start and finish of liberalism’s golden age is captured in books by Christopher Clark and John Gray, but Jordan Peterson’s ARC seeks to write the next chapter, argues IPA executive director Scott Hargreaves. The story of the rise and fall of liberalism—and what might come next—can be found in two recent books and also in one critical new creation,
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Eraring Extension A Victory For Common Sense
23 May 2024

Eraring Extension A Victory For Common Sense

“As called for first by the Institute of Public Affairs, the extension of the Eraring power station’s operations is a victory for common sense and a recognition that net zero requires a drastic re-think,” said Scott Hargreaves, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. In May 2023, the IPA launched the landmark research report, Liddell The Line In The
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CSIRO GenCost Misleads Australians With Flawed Energy Cost Model
22 May 2024

CSIRO GenCost Misleads Australians With Flawed Energy Cost Model

“The CSIRO’s latest GenCost report has again relied on the discredited levelised cost of electricity methodology to calculate energy system costs. This gives Australians and policymakers alike a false understanding of the cost of our energy future,” said Scott Hargreaves, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. The CSIRO’s annual GenCost report released today, follows IPA research, published in
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We And The ABS Will Not Be Fooled Again!
17 May 2024

We And The ABS Will Not Be Fooled Again!

In this article, Scott Hargreaves contextualises and disseminates the findings of the the IPA’s research into federal government debt and spending. The Albanese government is using taxpayers’ money and accounting tricks to cover up the inflationary pressures its own policies are exacerbating, particularly those arising from the so-called energy transition. A responsible budget would have sought to keep a lid on inflation,
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Which Way For The West?
10 May 2024

Which Way For The West?

One of the best things about being editor of the IPA Review—and there are many—is talking with the authors while they are developing their articles and asking them to pursue or elaborate on themes that are on my mind. And on yours. For example, I went to the inaugural Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) Conference in London in October/November 2023
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Issues With Levelised Cost Of Electricity – Why A Simple Metric Cannot Determine Our Energy Future
25 April 2024

Issues With Levelised Cost Of Electricity – Why A Simple Metric Cannot Determine Our Energy Future

The fundamental problem with the current approach to estimating the cost of energy by generation is that ‘levelised cost of energy’ (LCOE) is a project-level metric, and one that is easy to manipulate to deliver a desired outcome. It does not scale up to reflect the complexity of Australia’s electricity markets. Therefore, different tools are urgently needed to inform policy
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Scott Hargreaves On IPA Research On Western Australia’s Energy Plan 6PR Perth Live – 22 February 2024
22 February 2024

Scott Hargreaves On IPA Research On Western Australia’s Energy Plan 6PR Perth Live – 22 February 2024

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Scott Hargreaves joined Oliver Peterson on 6PR to to discuss new research which shows WA’s energy plan is unaffordable at any cost. All media appearances posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Oliver Peterson: It is nine past four.
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Bureau Of Meteorology Refuses To See The AI On The Horizon
8 February 2024

Bureau Of Meteorology Refuses To See The AI On The Horizon

This article reflects the IPA’s ongoing research into the methods used by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to collect, collate, adjust and publish temperature and rainfall data. Research into this topic have been published in Climate Change: The Facts. Dictatorship of the woke bureaucrats The Bureau of Meteorology has failed in its forecasting of the weather this summer, but not
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IPA Ahead of the Curve
16 January 2024

IPA Ahead of the Curve

In November 2023 I went to London for the inaugural conference of the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC), along with a number of IPA colleagues and a raft of Australian luminaries. I daresay you have read or watched something about it by now. There’s a couple of observations I would make about it which are relevant to readers of the
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A Life Lived For Liberty
16 January 2024

A Life Lived For Liberty

A new biography of F A Hayek provides inspiration for the ongoing fight against socialism, writes IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – Friedrich Hayek I originally sat down to read this biography out of a sense of obligation
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