Kurt Wallace

Kurt Wallace was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs between 2018 and 2021.

Kurt received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Monash University, majoring in Economics and Finance.

Navigating The Great Dividing Voter Range
21 September 2021

Navigating The Great Dividing Voter Range

Joel Fitzgibbon’s decision not to recontest the seat of Hunter will shift the Labor Party further from its working-class base. Fitzgibbon was one of the last voices within the federal ALP holding the party back from becoming a party of the inner-city left. Following Labor’s surprise election loss in 2019, Fitzgibbon declared, “We need to get back to our working-class
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Yes, We Have An Inequality Problem Between The Public And Private Sectors
13 September 2021

Yes, We Have An Inequality Problem Between The Public And Private Sectors

In an interview with the American socialist Jacobin Magazine this month, Greens leader Adam Bandt spoke about a growing inequality crisis. When asked what the pandemic has revealed about Australian society, Bandt observed that “the pandemic exposed the structural inequalities that existed before”. Bandt is right. The pandemic has revealed significant long-term inequalities. Lockdowns have exacerbated divides across Australian society. Homeownership rates have
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Economic Growth Figures Mask The Real Pain Of Australians Under Lockdown
7 September 2021

Economic Growth Figures Mask The Real Pain Of Australians Under Lockdown

Australia’s headline economic numbers do not reflect the economic and social hardship of many Australians currently enduring lockdowns. The thousands of Australians who have had their jobs and businesses destroyed by lockdowns will find little solace in the fact that GDP growth in the June quarter has staved off a second recession in two years, and that the official unemployment
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Lockdowns Crush Small Business Workers
20 August 2021

Lockdowns Crush Small Business Workers

Small business workers across Australia have been devastated by the recent wave of lockdowns, losing 420,000 jobs in just 21 days – or 20,000 jobs per day – according to a new analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs. The analysis, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, shows that job losses occurred in small and medium-size businesses between 26
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NSW Real Unemployment Almost Double Official Rate
19 August 2021

NSW Real Unemployment Almost Double Official Rate

Analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs estimates that the real unemployment rate for NSW was 8.7% in the month of July, almost double the official rate of 4.5%. This estimate is based on data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today and includes those who have left the labour force since May and those who are technically classified
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Against The Tide
4 August 2021

Against The Tide

It’s time to challenge the movement of Critical Race Theory into American and Australian churches, writes IPA Research Fellow Kurt Wallace in this review of Pastor Voddie Baucham’s new book. O’Sullivan’s first law—that “all organisations that are not actually right-wing will become left-wing over time”—is more evident now than when British conservative political commentator John O’Sullivan published his theory in
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Is The Coalition Conning Coal Communities?
1 June 2021

Is The Coalition Conning Coal Communities?

The voters in Upper Hunter may have elected a pro-coal candidate nine days ago, but it remains to be seen whether the result is a victory for coal jobs.  Pro-coal members of the Coalition have claimed the result provides further evidence that the Coalition can win key seats with a pro-coal agenda, with nearly 80% of first preferences going to candidates who expressed support for
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Lockdowns Hit Low-Income Australians Hardest
6 March 2021

Lockdowns Hit Low-Income Australians Hardest

New research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has found that the bottom fifth of income earners saw over half a million jobs disappear because of lockdowns, while the top fifth of income earners saw jobs increase by nearly 200,000. “Low-income earners, private sector workers, and young Australians, have been disproportionately affected while public
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The Fair Go – Going, Gone: The Decline Of The Australian Way Of Life, 2000 to 2020
25 January 2021

The Fair Go – Going, Gone: The Decline Of The Australian Way Of Life, 2000 to 2020

Key findings : The quality of the Australian way of life is collapsing.  The Australian Way of Life Scoreboard, which measures the quality of the Australian way of life, has declined by 28.5% since 2000.  23 of 25 measures relevant to the Australian way of life have declined since 2000.  This decline can be found across every area of Australian life,
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Who Is Compulsory Super Benefitting: Ordinary Australians Or The Top End Of Town?
14 December 2020

Who Is Compulsory Super Benefitting: Ordinary Australians Or The Top End Of Town?

Mainstream Australians are being failed by the political class as the gap between two Australias continues to widen. This failure is exemplified by a superannuation system that siphons money to the financial sector and political class and actively prevents mainstream Australians from achieving the Australian way of life.    The legislated increase of forced super contributions from the current rate of 9.5% to 12%
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