Simon Breheny

18 May 2017

Stand Up For A Sensible Budget

Would you like to be notified of opportunities for you to stand up for budget reform in Australia? Fill out this short, simple form below. This budget was a Labor budget delivered by a Coalition government. Our children and grandchildren are going to have to pay because federal politicians won’t reduce spending. The IPA will never stop arguing for reducing
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No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes
12 May 2017

No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes

For years, legitimate questions have been raised over what the modern Labor Party stands for. Following the 2017 budget, those same questions now hang over the Liberal Party. In the House of Representatives on March 11, 1999, Peter Costello, then treasurer, accused the ALP of lacking discernible values: “The Labor Party stands for nothing but populist oppositionism.” The Liberal Party
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Our Reaction To The Budget
9 May 2017

Our Reaction To The Budget

The IPA’s Simon Breheny delivers our reaction to the 2017 Federal Budget
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New IPA Report Details Enormous Growth In Environmental Law
1 May 2017

New IPA Report Details Enormous Growth In Environmental Law

New research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs details the enormous growth in environmental law from 1971 to 2016. The research paper by IPA research fellow Morgan Begg shows that Federal environmental departments administered 57 pages of legislation in 1971. In 2016 that number was 4,669 pages of legislation. “The massive growth in federal environmental
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Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election
30 March 2017

Coalition Must Take Commitment To Freedom Of Speech To The Next Election

“The Coalition government must take its commitment to reform section 18C to the next election,” said Simon Breheny, director of policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Coalition government’s Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 today failed to pass the senate in full, with Australian Labor Party, Australian Greens, Nick Xenophon Team and Jacquie
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There Is A Better Home For Superannuation
16 March 2017

There Is A Better Home For Superannuation

Giving people access to their own money is an uncontroversial idea. Young people trying to enter the housing market should be granted access to their own superannuation accounts to help make it happen. One of the biggest hurdles young people have to clear in buying their first home is saving enough money for a deposit. It takes time, and with
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Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech
14 March 2017

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

“The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. “Tinkering with the administrative processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission are mere window dressing.” “The suggestion that the debate about freedom of speech in Australia could be ‘put
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Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed
3 March 2017

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed. It won’t happen today, and it may not happen in this term of parliament. But section 18C has become such an iconic issue for such a broad group of Australians that its continuing presence on the statute books is utterly unsustainable – and calls to ignore section 18C and the
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Demand Remains For Free Speech
2 March 2017

Demand Remains For Free Speech

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia’s most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed to recommend its repeal. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights tabled its final report on Tuesday following its inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia. Specifically, the committee was asked to assess the operation of section 18C of
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Free Speech Inquiry Disappoints In Failing To Recommend 18C Repeal
28 February 2017

Free Speech Inquiry Disappoints In Failing To Recommend 18C Repeal

“It is disappointing that the human rights committee has today failed to recommend the complete repeal of 18C as an option for reform in its freedom of speech inquiry report tabled today,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “While the option to replace the words “offend”, “insult”, and “humiliate” with
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