Cian Hussey

Adjunct Fellow

Cian Hussey joined the Institute of Public Affairs as a Research Associate in 2019.

He is interested in the impacts of red tape on small businesses and the broader economy. His work at the IPA focuses on using RegData Australia to quantitatively analyse the impacts of regulation.

Cian received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Notre Dame Australia, majoring in Politics and International Relations.

Net-Zero Policies: Taking From The Poor And Giving To The Rich
19 November 2021

Net-Zero Policies: Taking From The Poor And Giving To The Rich

This article was originally published in The Epoch Times and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication. It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. It is too often overlooked in all the discussions about the “transition” to a net-zero emissions economy that the
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Defending Australian Values From Those Who Want to Tear It Down
18 November 2021

Defending Australian Values From Those Who Want to Tear It Down

There’s a joke that, unlike a tub of yogurt, Australia hasn’t developed any culture after 200 years in the sun. The truth is that Australia has a distinct culture. Those who make such jokes just don’t like it. It’s part of our national character as Australians to not take ourselves too seriously, but this poses a dilemma when we’re confronted
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The Australian Federal Government’s Net-Zero Betrayal
15 October 2021

The Australian Federal Government’s Net-Zero Betrayal

With the Liberal-National Coalition government about to officially sign onto a 2050 net-zero emissions target, many Australians are wondering what the point of the 2019 election was. At the so-called “climate election,” the Coalition proposed maintaining their existing policy of a 26 percent reduction on 2005 levels by 2030. Labor proposed more significant reductions in emissions by 2030 and net-zero emissions by
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The Danger Of ‘Luxury Beliefs’
7 October 2021

The Danger Of ‘Luxury Beliefs’

“Luxury beliefs” are all the rage in elite circles. Rob Henderson, a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge who coined the term, explained that they are “ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.” So-called “action on climate change”’ is a prime example. Higher electricity prices
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Net Zero Hits Regional Workers Three Times As Hard: IPA Report
6 October 2021

Net Zero Hits Regional Workers Three Times As Hard: IPA Report

A worker in an electorate represented by the National Party is over three times more likely to lose their job than a worker in an electorate represented by the Liberal Party under a net zero emissions target, according to a landmark research report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs. Workers in Nationals-held electorates are more likely to work
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Morrison Government Faced With Choice Between the City or the Country
4 October 2021

Morrison Government Faced With Choice Between the City or the Country

The current Liberal-National Coalition government is faced with two competing electoral strategies ahead of a likely election in the early months of the new year. They can continue with the “teal strategy” of pursuing inner-city seats by moving closer to the Greens party on climate policy, or they can return to the “heartland strategy” aimed at winning working-class seats from
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Acknowledge History In Order To Enjoy Future
27 September 2021

Acknowledge History In Order To Enjoy Future

During his 1978 Harvard commencement address, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn delivered a stern warning to the Western world: “no weapons, no matter how powerful, can help the West until it overcomes its loss of willpower.” The new trilateral security partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom, AUKUS, is certainly the most important development in Australian foreign policy since the signing of
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Regions To Bear Brunt Of Feel-Good Emissions Target
2 September 2021

Regions To Bear Brunt Of Feel-Good Emissions Target

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia would "not achieve net zero [emissions] in the cafes, dinner parties and wine bars of our inner cities", Rather, "it will be won in places like the Pilbara, the Hunter, Gladstone, Portland, Whyalla, Bell Bay, the Riverina. In the factories of our regional towns and outer suburbs," Morrison said at
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Why a move to home quarantine is long overdue
1 September 2021

Why a move to home quarantine is long overdue

For those stuck in their umpteenth lockdown – despair not! It seems that after 18 months of working from home, someone in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet has finally found a copy of the Commonwealth government’s pandemic preparedness plan hidden away on the Department of Health website.  While doing a radio blitz on Tuesday Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave some indication that
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Beware the Technocratic Virus Spreading Through Our Parliaments
27 August 2021

Beware the Technocratic Virus Spreading Through Our Parliaments

The word “unprecedented” has been thrown around almost without a thought over the past 18 months. But from lockdowns and border closures to the single largest peacetime budget line item—JobKeeper (A$90 billion)—was anything really unprecedented? Or was everything about our COVID-19 experience, including the onset of unquestioned rule by experts, in fact, very much precedented? For more than two decades,
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