Institute of Public Affairs

Australian Farmers Critical To National Security
17 November 2022

Australian Farmers Critical To National Security

This article was first published in The Spectator Australia. In this article, Paddy O’Leary contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s level of red tape and how that affects Australia’s economic freedom and prosperity. The IPA has been dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic freedom through research and analysis since its inception in
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Telling The Truth
9 November 2022

Telling The Truth

‘When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.’ That’s one of my favourite quotes from Thomas Sowell, the great American writer and thinker. Sowell grew up in segregated North Carolina, and then lived in Harlem. His father died before he was born and
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Draft Terms Of Reference For A Royal Commission Into The Covid-19 Response
12 October 2022

Draft Terms Of Reference For A Royal Commission Into The Covid-19 Response

Letters Patent are a legal instrument issued by the King granting an office, title, or status to a person. The Institute of Public Affairs has drafted this Letters Patent that should be used to appoint a person to conduct a Royal Commission into the causes and consequences of the Australian governmental Covid-19 response. The Letters Patent include the terms of
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Defending Country Worth Fighting For
2 September 2022

Defending Country Worth Fighting For

This article was originally published in The Daily Telegraph. In this article, Paddy O’Leary contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australians’ views on national security, conducted as part of the IPA’s Centre for the Australian Way of Life. The IPA’s Centre for the Australian Way of Life aims to research the various ways in which Australia’s
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Encounters With Steven Koonin
28 July 2022

Encounters With Steven Koonin

Recently, IPA Director of the Centre for the Australian Way of Life John Roskam spoke to the eminent American physicist Steve Koonin, the undersecretary of science in the US Department of Energy under President Obama from 2009 to 2011, and author of the recent best selling book of science Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us.John and Steve discuss why he wrote Unsettled,
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Fighting for Freedom – Lessons from History
14 July 2022

Fighting for Freedom – Lessons from History

On 30 June 2022, IPA Executive Director John Roskam sat down with Daniel J Mahoney, Professor of Political Science at Assumption College to discuss the nature of truth and goodness, how our institutions fail to teach the lessons of 20th century totalitarianism to young people in the West, the state of democracy today and what can we – as individuals
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Time To Help Students Pledge Their Loyalty
1 July 2022

Time To Help Students Pledge Their Loyalty

Teaching young Australians to be active and informed citizens should be at the heart of our education system. Indeed, the document that paved the way for the National Curriculum – the Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians recognised the importance of teaching students to be “committed to national values of democracy” and to “participate in Australia’s civic life”.
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Instant Gratification Is A Toxin Poisoning Our Kids
14 May 2022

Instant Gratification Is A Toxin Poisoning Our Kids

This is an edited extract from Dr Tanveer Ahmed‘s essay Self-Reliance, Youth, and The Task of Character. This article was originally published in The Australian. Snowflakes, easily triggered or unfairly maligned, the worsening mental health of young people became a sensitive topic during the pandemic lockdowns. In the battles over safety, children became a political football tossed about in debates
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Covid In Africa
5 May 2022

Covid In Africa

This article is written by Dr Doug Mitchell for the IPA. With the worst of the pandemic subsiding, attention has slowly shifted to government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular focussing on some of the more draconian measures: lockdowns, mandatory masks and vaccine mandates. Given the horrors of what is unfolding in China, these measures are very much a
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Their Covid Conceit
27 April 2022

Their Covid Conceit

The 21st century was, until last year, defined by two pivotal events: the terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Centre in 2001, and the global financial crisis of 2008. The first fueled a massive expansion of security and intelligence services which permanently eroded individual freedom in the name of a “war on terror”. And the second caused a major global
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