Lachlan Clark

Research Fellow

Lachlan Clark is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Lachlan has a Bachelor of Business from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology majoring in Economics and Finance.

It was Lachlan’s passion for learning and his love for the Australian way of life that motivated him to join the Institute of Public Affairs.

Prior to the IPA, Lachlan for one of the big four banks with a focus on commercial banking.

He is most interested in researching areas relating to economics, geopolitics, anthropology, and history. Lachlan enjoys spending time in the outdoors and loves exploring new places, camping, hiking and four-wheel driving.

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Inquiry Into The Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports By Sear) Bill 2024
11 June 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Inquiry Into The Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports By Sear) Bill 2024

Dear Committee Secretary The purpose of this letter is to share research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) with the House Standing Committee on Agriculture as part of its inquiry into the Export Control Amendment (Ending Live Sheep Exports by Sea) Bill 2024 (the bill). IPA analysis of the bill finds: On the basis of these
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Victoria Biggest Business Loser Post Pandemic
27 May 2024

Victoria Biggest Business Loser Post Pandemic

‘’Victoria remains the nation’s biggest loser, with the slowest growth in business numbers since the Covid-19 pandemic, which is no doubt set to get worse due to the irresponsible economic management of the state government,’’ said Lachlan Clark, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. New IPA analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Counts of Australia businesses data shows
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Submission To The Consultation Into The Draft Victorian Animal Care And Protection Bill
25 March 2024

Submission To The Consultation Into The Draft Victorian Animal Care And Protection Bill

The purpose of this letter is to share research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) with Engage Victoria as part of the public consultation on the draft bill Animal Care and Protection Bill and its supporting regulations. IPA analysis of the bill has resulted in the following findings: On the basis of these findings, the IPA
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IPA State Economic Scorecard 2024 – Western Australia Best Performing State, Victoria Economic Basket Case
12 March 2024

IPA State Economic Scorecard 2024 – Western Australia Best Performing State, Victoria Economic Basket Case

“Although the focus of economic policy is usually at the federal level, decisions made by state governments have real-world consequences for families and businesses. With economic headwinds gathering, measuring state government performance is critical,” said Lachlan Clark, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released its State Economic Scorecard 2024, ranking the performance of Australian states
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State Economic Scorecard 2024
12 March 2024

State Economic Scorecard 2024

Key Findings This research note assesses the performance of each Australian state across ten key economic measures, to develop a state economic scorecard. The measures use the most recently available data across a variety of macroeconomic metrics, and finds: Table A: Relative strengths and weaknesses of Australian states in key economic measures
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Bureaucrats Dedicated To Policing Red Tape Poised To Hit 100,000
23 February 2024

Bureaucrats Dedicated To Policing Red Tape Poised To Hit 100,000

“The increase of environmental bureaucrats in Canberra, by more than half, shows how the federal government is determined to curtail growth in Australia’s critical resources sector, no doubt to placate inner-city demands,” said Lachlan Clark, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs New IPA research released today highlights the rapid growth in bureaucrats dedicated to creating and enforcing regulation
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Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce
23 February 2024

Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce

The analysis measures the number of staff and the and staffing costs of people employed within the federal regulatory bodies and agencies. Staffing numbers, or ‘average staffing levels’, is defined as the average number of employees receiving salary or wages over the financial year, with casual and part-time employees adjusted to a full-time equivalent. This information is derived from federal
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Energy And Business Policies Put Victoria At The Bottom Of The Ladder
21 February 2024

Energy And Business Policies Put Victoria At The Bottom Of The Ladder

“Victoria is the biggest loser as the only state in the nation to experience a decline in new business startups over the past three years, no doubt set to get worse due the catastrophic failure of the state government’s energy policies,” said Lachlan Clark, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs.  New analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs
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Who or what is driving Labor’s live sheep export ban?
4 January 2024

Who or what is driving Labor’s live sheep export ban?

In this article, Lachlan Clark contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s level of red tape and how that affects Australia’s regional communities. The Albanese Government’s ill-considered plan to phase out live sheep exports may satisfy inner-city concerns on the east coast but it will hurt rural communities in the west, while simultaneously failing to improve livestock welfare.
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The Red Tape Impediment
6 December 2023

The Red Tape Impediment

In this article, Lachlan Clark contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s level of red tape and how that affects Australia’s regional communities. Just like some of the crops they grow, the grain farmers of the Goondiwindi region have proven themselves resilient in the face of unfavourable conditions. The conditions which determine how a particular crop
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