Daniel Wild

Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Wild is Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs, with primary responsibility for delivering the IPA’s research programs.

Daniel has been with the IPA for six years, having previously held the roles of Research Fellow and Director of Research.

Daniel frequently appears in the media to communicate the IPA’s research and analysis, and has published a number of opinion pieces in The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, and The Spectator. Daniel also routinely appears on radio and television, including Channel 7, the ABC, Sky News, 2GB, 3AW, and 4BC.

Daniel previously worked at the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet where he analysed global and domestic macroeconomic policy. Prior to that he held positions at the Commonwealth Department of Finance where he worked on regulatory reform.

Daniel holds an honours qualification in economics and a degree in international studies from the University of Adelaide, and is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School.

Bank Tax Is An Arbitrary Abuse Of Government Power
11 May 2017

Bank Tax Is An Arbitrary Abuse Of Government Power

“The bank tax is an unconscionable violation of the Coalition government’s low tax principles. All taxes are paid for by workers, consumers, and shareholders. The bank tax is no exception. It must not go ahead,” says Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. In the 2017-18 Budget, the Government announced a new
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Turnbull Government Makes Wrong Choices On Taxes And Spending
9 May 2017

Turnbull Government Makes Wrong Choices On Taxes And Spending

“This Budget lacks the ambition needed to fix the deep structural problems with our national economy and finances. Taxes will continue to rise, and government will remain too big”, said Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “It is disappointing that debt will continue to grow to over $600 billion, and that
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Reducing Red Tape In Australia – One In Two Out Rule
4 May 2017

Reducing Red Tape In Australia – One In Two Out Rule

Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.1 On 30 January 2017, the Trump Administration released the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. The Order announced
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Australia Needs A One In Two Out Rule
4 May 2017

Australia Needs A One In Two Out Rule

Today the Institute of Public Affairs released a new research report, Reducing Red Tape in Australia: ‘One in, Two Out’ Rule. The research found Australia would have 107,885 fewer pages of regulation and 6,990 fewer rules today if a one-in-two-out rule was implemented when the Coalition formed Government in September 2013. This comes after United States President Donald Trump signed
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The New Brisbane Line
20 April 2017

The New Brisbane Line

In the darkest days of World War II, military planners considered falling back to protect Australia’s industrial heartland in the south-east, below what became known as the Brisbane Line. Now Australia has a new Brisbane Line, stretching more or less from Port Augusta in South Australia to Brisbane in Queensland, below which secure and affordable energy is becoming a thing
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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority
7 April 2017

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the ACMA in Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia.   Download the full report here
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Free to Flourish
1 April 2017

Free to Flourish

Aristotle’s conception of human flourishing – Eudaimonia – is best understood by looking at a life lived without it, writes Daniel Wild. Over 2500 years ago Aristotle taught the ultimate goal of human life is to achieve Eudaimonia, which we translate to flourishing. Flourishing means applying one’s talents, skills and potential to achieve something which is worthwhile and which couldn’t
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IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape
28 March 2017

IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape

“The Productivity Commission’s final report, Regulation of Australian Agriculture, shows that red tape is the biggest factor undermining prosperity in the agricultural sector,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow with free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This report shows that state governments should scrap their native vegetation laws and start over. Private landowners should not be forced to
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Why Section 487 Must Go
15 March 2017

Why Section 487 Must Go

Section 487 holds back our economy, our environment and global development. It must be repealed. The IPA’s Daniel Wild explains why:   Written by Daniel Wild and James Bolt Produced by James Bolt Directed by Saul Muscatel
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Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam
8 March 2017

Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the Whitlam era of economic crisis business investment averaged 13.7% of GDP. Download the full report here
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