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.

Chasing Zero Covid Means Zero Hope
12 August 2021

Chasing Zero Covid Means Zero Hope

In recent weeks, some have commented that it feels like Australia is back in March 2020. A year and a half have passed, and we have learned much about the virus, but it often seems as though this has amounted to nothing. And that’s because it hasn’t. New data released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Aug. 5
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How Covid’s Shining A Light On The Societal Divide Between The Talkers And The Doers
10 August 2021

How Covid’s Shining A Light On The Societal Divide Between The Talkers And The Doers

When one gets onto an early morning train in Melbourne, there are two things that stand out almost immediately. The first is all the high-vis clothing. The second is the lack of face masks. I’m a knowledge worker living in the inner-city, and on my usual commute I don’t see too many people in high-vis. I do see plenty of
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Carbon Stealth
6 August 2021

Carbon Stealth

It has been remarked that the problem with democracy is that the people actually get what they want. In 2013, Tony Abbott won a watershed election with the largest majority in almost two decades on the basis that his government would axe the carbon tax. In 2019, Australians rejected the radical climate policy on offer from Labor in what was
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NSW Loses 10,000 Jobs Per Day Of Lockdown
6 August 2021

NSW Loses 10,000 Jobs Per Day Of Lockdown

Analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs, based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Weekly payroll jobs and wages, has found that between 26 June (when the Greater Sydney lockdown started) and 17 July, 214,400 jobs were destroyed across New South Wales. That is equivalent to 10,200 jobs per day. “This means that every single job restored across the 2020-21 financial
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Governments Might Refuse To Acknowledge The Devastation Of Lockdown, But The Top End Of Town Is Talking
4 August 2021

Governments Might Refuse To Acknowledge The Devastation Of Lockdown, But The Top End Of Town Is Talking

One would be hard-pressed to find many silver linings as millions of Australians endured further lockdowns in July, but the admission by many business leaders and commentators that Australia’s response to coronavirus has caused enormous harm cannot be seen any other way.   “Repeated lockdowns will have devastating long-term effects on physical health, mental health, education, social wellbeing and the economy. There will likely be hidden longer-term costs we are
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Lockdown Under: As The UK Opens Up, Australians Face An Endless Cycle Of Restrictions
27 July 2021

Lockdown Under: As The UK Opens Up, Australians Face An Endless Cycle Of Restrictions

Spare a thought for your friends Down Under. When England had its Freedom Day on July 19, half of the Australian population were under strict lockdown orders. While Brits were free to head back to the pub, Victorians had only four reasons for which they could legally leave their home, other than work – and such excursions were limited to
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Lockdowns, Public Servant Pay Cuts Should Go Hand-in-Hand
20 July 2021

Lockdowns, Public Servant Pay Cuts Should Go Hand-in-Hand

“We need to restart our economy. We need to restart our society. We can’t keep Australia under the doona. We need to be able to move ahead.” These were the words of Prime Minister Scott Morrison on April 30 last year. Now, not only is Morrison encouraging premiers to keep their citizens under the doona, he’s buying and distributing them
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Talkers, We Need To Talk…
9 July 2021

Talkers, We Need To Talk…

Two things stand out almost immediately when one gets on an early morning train in Melbourne. The first is the abundance of high-vis clothing. The second is the lack of face masks. Though I am an inner-city knowledge worker, I sometimes have reason to be on a train at 6 o’clock in the morning. And when I board one of
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Joyce Returns The Mic To Quiet Australians
28 June 2021

Joyce Returns The Mic To Quiet Australians

The leadership spill within the federal National Party has given quiet Australians a megaphone. The re-elected Barnaby Joyce, who has returned to the deputy prime ministership, said that the spill was “about the people of Australia”. It’s understandable why Joyce said this; much like the Australian people, the Nationals have been dragged towards a net zero target against their will
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Talking Class Divides Australians
25 June 2021

Talking Class Divides Australians

A small but influential ‘Talking class’ has undermined Australia’s egalitarian society by using the institutions they run as vehicles to promote their interests at the expense of ‘Doers’ – mainstream Australians who build and make, according to a new report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s society and economy have been captured by a small but growing
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