IPA Review Articles

Misplaced Optimism
16 January 2024

Misplaced Optimism

IPA Review – Summer 2023

The wishful thinking of Australia’s former Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has set our nation on a course for disaster, warns electrical engineer Ben Beattie. Forests of wind farms carpeting hills and cliffs from sea to sky, endless arrays of solar panels disappearing like a mirage into the desert, mining on a massive scale, giant factories, untold miles of transmission lines,
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A Life Lived For Liberty
16 January 2024

A Life Lived For Liberty

IPA Review – Summer 2023

A new biography of F A Hayek provides inspiration for the ongoing fight against socialism, writes IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. “The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – Friedrich Hayek I originally sat down to read this biography out of a sense of obligation
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An end to virtue signalling? Don’t bank on it.
19 December 2023

An end to virtue signalling? Don’t bank on it.

IPA Review – Spring 2023

Isn’t it strange that the industry excoriated by a Royal Commissioner as recently as 2019 now, a mere four years later, presumes to lecture ordinary Australians on the ethical issues of the day? In his final report into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, former High Court Justice Kenneth Hayne found, first, that “providing a service to
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IR Bill A Deal Breaker
28 November 2023

IR Bill A Deal Breaker

IPA Review – Spring 2023

The Albanese government’s so-called ‘Closing Loopholes’ Bill targets Australian employers, warns employment law and industrial relations expert Mark Mourell. Labour productivity in Australia has gone backwards. In the 12 months to the financial year ending 2023, labour productivity declined about three per cent. Much of the blame can be attributed to the industrial red tape imposed by Australia’s labour regulatory
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NDIS In Excess
14 November 2023

NDIS In Excess

IPA Review – Spring 2023

Massive budget blowouts from ongoing mismanagement of the NDIS risk skittling the whole scheme, argues former Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews. A decade after its launch in 2013, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is on track to fund more than double the number of participants originally forecast, and to cost three to four times the original projections. When launched
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Kids, Listen To The Science!
10 November 2023

Kids, Listen To The Science!

IPA Review – Spring 2023

Geologist Ian Plimer has dug up the simple answers kids of all ages need to understand climate shenanigans, writes reviewer Thomas D. Wilson. One of the greatest things about the modern world is our highly specialised division of labour. A baker need not study accounting to have his books checked, and an accountant need not waste resources in order to
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Deplatform The Enemies Of Free Speech
8 November 2023

Deplatform The Enemies Of Free Speech

IPA Review – Spring 2023

  Australia needs a ‘quick march’ through our universities to reclaim free speech and the spirit of intellectual inquiry, argues IPA Research Fellow Brianna McKee. The cyclical relationship between education, culture, and politics drives societal change. Each informs and shapes the other. A change in one area will have a flow-on effect on the others. However, institutions of learning may
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Don’t Be Bled Dry
31 October 2023

Don’t Be Bled Dry

IPA Review – Winter 2023

A battle to establish unions that benefit members instead of social and political agendas is winning ground but has a hard fight ahead, writes Red Union advocate Chris Dekker. It is difficult to find a contemporary Australian institution that has not been systematically captured and then overrun by far-left identity politics. The public service, media, education, and big business all pander
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Blanche Stacking
25 October 2023

Blanche Stacking

IPA Review – Spring 2023

Blanche d’Alpuget’s role as Bob Hawke’s numbers person was a rare example of a PM’s biographer impacting on Australian politics, writes IPA Senior Fellow Richard Allsop. Chris Wallace twice came close to writing a biography of an Australian prime minister. The first was when, prior to the 1993 Federal election, she produced a biography of Opposition Leader John Hewson, on
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ESG Not A Super Idea
25 October 2023

ESG Not A Super Idea

IPA Review – Winter 2023

ESG is a shaky framework to guide investment and has no place in compulsory super funds without explicit consent of the beneficiaries, argues IPA Adjunct Senior Fellow Sinclair Davidson. The use of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment strategies within the context of compulsory Australian superannuation raises significant concerns. The concentration of investment funds under the control of the union
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