Dara Macdonald

Pray For Freedom
15 January 2021

Pray For Freedom

This article from the Summer 2020 edition of the IPA Review is written by IPA Research Fellow, Dara Macdonald. Back in 2019, before COVID-19 dominated every news cycle, the front pages of papers were filled with the story of Israel Folau, the star rugby league footballer sacked for sharing an Instagram picture paraphrasing Corinthians. This book, Forgotten Freedom No More,
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Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing
25 November 2020

Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing

The coronavirus restrictions passed in 2020 requiring courts to go virtual is an under-appreciated but serious threat to the traditions that have been built up over centuries to protect our freedoms and the rule of law. The first and most striking change from ordinary court process came with the announcements, beginning in March, that jury trials in all states and
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Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies
20 November 2020

Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies

Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policy making. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions. Public policy in Australia is often made on the run, built on shabby foundations, motivated by short term political gain, and consequently having mediocre outcomes. Policy-makers
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Commonwealth Integrity Commission An Illiberal Kangaroo Court
5 November 2020

Commonwealth Integrity Commission An Illiberal Kangaroo Court

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has called on Attorney-General Christian Porter to abandon plans for the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC). The exposure draft of the Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill 2020 was released by Mr Porter on Monday. The draft legislation would confer significant coercive powers to the CIC to investigate and compel evidence,
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If Our Restaurants Can Open Safely, So Can Our Churches
25 October 2020

If Our Restaurants Can Open Safely, So Can Our Churches

The Victorian Premier reassures the public that strict lockdowns are merely a reflection of him putting lives before the economy, but his plan to reopen has made it clear that that non-material goods have little place in the roadmap back to ‘COVID normal.’ Lockdowns have undermined almost every civil society institution in this country. They mandated the emptying of places
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Religious Worship Must Be Treated Equally Under Lockdowns
16 October 2020

Religious Worship Must Be Treated Equally Under Lockdowns

“People of faith in Victoria may not be able to attend religious services for any religious day of significance in 2020 under Daniel Andrews’ Roadmap,” said Dara Macdonald, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Since 16 September regional Victoria has been under Step 3 of Victoria’s Roadmap for Reopening. Under Step 3 services such as beauty therapy, tanning,
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Please Welcome Victoria’s First Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner
25 September 2020

Please Welcome Victoria’s First Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian Government last week decided to announce the appointment of the first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner, Dr Niki Vincent, to head up a new unaccountable and powerful identity-politics-based bureaucracy which will divide and dehumanise Victorians.  For the general public distracted by the ritual reading of the COVID-19 cases the appointment might have passed them by. Just as in February when the law that created the position was up for debate the Victorian Coalition was fawning over the cash for
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The Increasing Threat Of Delegated Legislation – Legislation Put Above The Power Of Parliament
9 September 2020

The Increasing Threat Of Delegated Legislation – Legislation Put Above The Power Of Parliament

“It’s probably a bit unusual for me to be in agreement with the IPA,” said Labor Senator Kim Carr. “I have been known to say some nasty things about you.”  This utterance occurred during a hearing of the Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation on 27 August, of which Carr is a member. The Committee is currently inquiring
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Why The ABC Shouldn’t Just Receive A Funding Freeze, But A Cut.
3 July 2020

Why The ABC Shouldn’t Just Receive A Funding Freeze, But A Cut.

The ABC using its own airtime to cry poor makes for tedious viewing and ignores the concerns of ordinary Australians.  Other than having the host’s position filled by Virginia Trioli, this week’s Q&A was entirely ordinary, with five panellists on the left, a host (also on the left) and the Minister for Communications and Arts, Paul Fletcher, in the hot seat.    The questions where no less skewed than usual.   There were typical Q&A slanted questions that favour government cash splashes. That
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Bypassing Democracy: A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight
30 June 2020

Bypassing Democracy: A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight

Questioning and challenging the policies and actions of ministers and senior bureaucrats is fundamental to parliament’s role in holding the government to account. While the Commonwealth parliament can practice oversight of the government in numerous ways, the power to veto laws made by ministers and agencies is a powerful mechanism for parliamentarians to ensure legislation is consistent with the rule
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