Morgan Begg

Director of Research

Morgan Begg is the Director, Research at the Institute of Public Affairs

Morgan joined the IPA in 2014 to advance a major report into The State of Fundamental Legal Rights in Australia. Since then Morgan has also written a number of research papers, opinion articles, IPA Review essays and submissions to parliamentary inquiries, on a variety of topics, including the issue of judicial appointments, public health restrictions, the GST, and the proposed Voice to Parliament.

Morgan’s interests are in preserving constitutional government and the rule of law, and protecting and extending the rights and freedoms of Australians, such as freedom of speech and religion. He became an admirer of the IPA during the debates surrounding the constitutional recognition of local government, the Gillard government’s Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012, and its ongoing research into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

New ABS Data Shows Concerning Rise In Australia’s Incarceration Rate
8 June 2023

New ABS Data Shows Concerning Rise In Australia’s Incarceration Rate

“Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed that policymakers must urgently act to halt the increase to Australia’s incarceration rate before it gets out of control” said Morgan Begg, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals a worrying two per cent increase to
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Parliamentary Research Brief – How Federal Government Spending Intensifies The Cost Of Living Crisis
8 May 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – How Federal Government Spending Intensifies The Cost Of Living Crisis

Australian families are facing acute and immediate cost of living pressures, due to rapidly rising inflation, energy costs, and rising mortgage repayments. A key cause of rising inflation is debt and deficit government spending. New IPA research examines the relationship between government spending, inflation, and mortgage repayment rates. The key findings are: Governments must tackle inflation and the cost of
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Australia’s Spending Crisis: Estimating The Effect Of Federal Government Spending On Household Mortgage Repayments
8 May 2023

Australia’s Spending Crisis: Estimating The Effect Of Federal Government Spending On Household Mortgage Repayments

Australian families are facing acute and immediate cost of living pressures, caused by rapidly rising inflation, energy costs, and rising mortgage repayment rates. One of the key causes of rising inflation is debt and deficit-financed government spending. This report examines the relationship between government spending, inflation, and mortgage rates, and its key findings are: In addition, government spending increased by
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Liberals’ Referendum Position Welcomed
5 April 2023

Liberals’ Referendum Position Welcomed

“The IPA welcomes the Leader of the Opposition’s announcement that the Liberal Party will formally reject a constitutionally enshrined race-based body, but warns against making any compromises,” said Morgan Begg, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today’s announcement that the Liberal Party will formally oppose an Indigenous-only Voice to Parliament being inserted into the Australian Constitution, is
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Parliamentary Research Brief – How Sensible Criminal Justice Reform Would Help Solve Over-incarceration And Worker Shortages
27 March 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – How Sensible Criminal Justice Reform Would Help Solve Over-incarceration And Worker Shortages

Our latest research brief discusses Australia’s alarming incarceration rate and nationwide worker shortages. IPA research has found that over-incarceration and worker shortages could be addressed by adopting sensible criminal justice reform. If the proposed offender employment program was adopted for low-risk non-violent offenders, government budgets could be improved by $2 billion every year through reduced prison costs and increased income
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One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution – Video
23 March 2023

One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution – Video

This week the Institute of Public Affairs released One Voice: Racial Equality in the Australian Constitution, a new research essay exploring the potential legal, political, and social consequences of inserting the proposed Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution. The research essay explains how the Voice has the potential to permanently divide Australians along racial lines, could radically reshape Australia’s
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One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution
22 March 2023

One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution

The Institute of Public Affairs was founded in 1943 as a non-profit educational research organisation with the objectives: to further the individual, social, political, and economic freedom of the Australian people; and to maintain and enhance the Australian way of life. A central strand of the IPA’s research for 80 years has been on Australia’s democratic traditions, including the egalitarian
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Voice Activists Speaking Out Of Both Sides Of Their Mouth
10 March 2023

Voice Activists Speaking Out Of Both Sides Of Their Mouth

So are the courts involved with the Voice or not? ‘It’s not happening. And it’s good that it is happening.’ This phrase came to mind after witnessing an apparent about-face from pro-Voice advocates, who are beginning to say now after months of denial, that the courts will be instrumental in deciding how the federal government’s proposed indigenous-only Voice to parliament
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Let Them Work: How Criminal Justice Reform Can Help Address Australia’s Worker Shortage
10 March 2023

Let Them Work: How Criminal Justice Reform Can Help Address Australia’s Worker Shortage

Australia is experiencing both an incarceration crisis and an unprecedented worker shortage. Sensible criminal justice reform can address the excessive burden on Australia’s prison system while also filling persistent job vacancies in the economy. The total cost to the Australian taxpayer of imprisoning roughly 42,000 prisoners is now nearly $4.5 billion annually. Over-incarceration imposes an additional cost on Australians by
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Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Is Worker Shortage Solution
10 March 2023

Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Is Worker Shortage Solution

“As Australia faces simultaneous incarceration and worker shortage crises, many low-risk non-violent offenders could be gainfully employed in the community right now without risk,” said Professor Mirko Bagaric, Dean of the Swinburne University of Technology Law School. Today, the Institute of Public Affairs released a new research report, Let Them Work: How Criminal Justice Reform Can Help Address Australia’s Worker
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