Darcy Allen

His website is www.darcyallen.net and his Twitter is @DarcyWEAllen.

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones
15 December 2016

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cut red tape on drones by removing burdensome license requirements for low-risk operations and carving out an exclusion category for drones on private property. While
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On Regulation, Productivity and Growth
9 December 2016

On Regulation, Productivity and Growth

Concern over Australia’s recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to propel long-run economic growth and prosperity. The key policy framework to achieve this, we propose here, is a classically liberal approach to economic policy that involves maintaining the rule of law, limiting government, protecting private property and
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IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime
6 December 2016

IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime

Our submission is informed by the work of our ongoing criminal justice project, which is developing policy reform across the criminal justice system, from incarceration, to policing, to the criminal law. Institute of Public Affairs research released this past Friday shows that there are some worrying trends in criminal justice across the country. Our prison population is booming – costing
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Private Order
24 November 2016

Private Order

This article first appeared in the November 2016 Edition of the IPA Review and is written by Research Fellow at the IPA, Darcy Allen. Libertarians hail the wonders of ‘private governance’—the idea that left to their own devices, free people will organise themselves without needing the coercive power of the state. To others, however, this libertarian view is akin to
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Toxic Greens
23 November 2016

Toxic Greens

This article first appeared in the November 2016 Edition of the IPA Review and is written by Research Fellows at the IPA, Darcy Allen and Daniel Wild. Earlier this year in central Victoria, an orchid stopped a gold mine. The plant was growing seven kilometres away from the proposed mine site—a treeless, badly eroded 15 hectare block grazed by sheep
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Civilised Economics
12 November 2016

Civilised Economics

From Friedrich Hayek to Ludwig von Mises, contemporary Austrian economics is closely associated with familiar, classically liberal views. Put simply, the Austrian tradition focuses on why and how decentralised planning and individual decision-making is necessary to maintain an orderly society, and comes with a scepticism and reluctance towards government interference. But this interpretation of Austrian economics is too narrow, according
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Private Order
9 November 2016

Private Order

Libertarians hail the wonders of ‘private governance’-the idea that left to their own devices, free people will organise themselves without needing the coercive power of the state. To others, however, this libertarian view is akin to riding unicorns-no one can quite see any tangible examples. All they can see is the power of government, a potent force solving almost all
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8 October 2016

Red Tape Hampers Resources Recovery For Miners

The future prosperity of resource-rich states such as Western Australia is threatened by unnecessary regulatory roadblocks. Capitalising on a possible market recovery, and unleashing the potential benefits of a second mining boom, can only begin by cutting the layers of red tape sitting between miners and the resources they seek to extract. Australia’s has a red tape problem. Recent research
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8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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19 August 2016

Submission To The Productivity Commission Draft Report Of The Regulation Of Agriculture

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft’) on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry. While Australian agricultural production is expected to rise to over $60 billion for the first time this financial year, productivity and competitiveness headwinds remain.
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