IPA Review Articles

Living Together
17 November 2022

Living Together

Australia’s continued success as a ‘nation-state’ depends on maintaining the political will to prioritise social cohesion, argues IPA Senior Fellow Sherry Sufi. In his victory speech on 21 May 2022, incoming Prime Minister Anthony Albanese promised to “bring Australians together” and “to seek our common purpose and promote unity”. Party leaders from both sides tend to espouse such inspiring sentiments
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Australia’s Ancient Democratic Roots
16 November 2022

Australia’s Ancient Democratic Roots

In 2022, Australia ran an exemplary democratic election in Federal politics. It removed a conservative Coalition government and replaced it with an ALP government. That this was accomplished peacefully, legally, without censorship, police interference, or any kind of physical confrontation should be celebrated. The fact the defeated government immediately and gracefully ceded office, that the new government stepped in and
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Big State, Big Problems
16 November 2022

Big State, Big Problems

Government responses to COVID widened the chasm between productive workers and their ‘professional’ overlords, argues historian and IPA Adjunct Fellow Bradley Bowden. The arbitrary actions of Big Government during the COVID-19 lockdowns highlighted a wider problem: the ever-growing reach of the modern State. I advanced the original argument in ‘The Rise and Rise of the Modern State’ (IPA Review, Summer
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Remember The Victims of Communism
3 November 2022

Remember The Victims of Communism

The seventh of November each year has been designated ‘Victims of Communism Day’ in the US state of Florida through State legislation sponsored by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This is the Gregorian calendar date of the storming of the Winter Palace in 1917 by the Bolsheviks (Julian calendar 25 October, hence the so-called October Revolution). The November date was celebrated
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Inflation: An ill wind
3 November 2022

Inflation: An ill wind

The spectre of inflation now scares most around the world. Predictions by some economists and central bankers that it would be temporary are proving wrong. Money is losing value at an accelerated pace. Even economies where the authorities are engineering a recession are heading into a sustained inflation wave. Stagflation—inflation while growth stalls—is back. Relearning the lessons of history is
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Best Of The West
19 October 2022

Best Of The West

We must defend Western Civilisation so all of humanity can continue to be enriched, argues author and former intelligence analyst Paul Monk. Douglas Murray is a wonderfully free spirit who lucidly tackles the manias of political correctness with erudition, panache and limpid reasoning. At just 43 years of age, he is a ‘conservative’ and courageous author in the era of
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More Than Luck
6 October 2022

More Than Luck

Calling Australia the ‘lucky country’ is far from ironic—especially for grateful migrants like me, writes recently retired academic Christo Moskovsky. Three stories about the migrant experience in Australia span several decades: They’re a Weird Mob (1957), Looking for Alibrandi (1992), and The Lucky Country: Reflections and Reminiscences of a Long-Term Immigrant (2022). The first was a novel which became a
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More Harm Than Good
16 September 2022

More Harm Than Good

A cost–benefit analysis clearly shows far more harm than good came from Australia’s oppressive COVID lockdowns, economics professor Gigi Foster has found. It is possible that lockdown[s] will go down as one of the greatest peacetime policy failures in modern history. – Douglas Allen, Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University The world has been shaken by the response of
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Unrealistic Unreliable Unaffordable
16 September 2022

Unrealistic Unreliable Unaffordable

The big plan that Australia can build enough wind farms, transmission lines, and back-up storage to power a renewable energy future is deluded and unachievable at any realistic cost, argues IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. As a modern industrial economy with a growing population, affordable and reliable electricity is central to everything Australia does. It allows our cities to work,
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It Was China Built The Wall
16 September 2022

It Was China Built The Wall

Those blaming Australia for problems with China should examine Xi Jinping’s destructive changes in direction, as we carefully weigh our response, argues author and history scholar Paul Monk. The past two years have seen a series of developments in Australia’s relations with China which have upended long-standing hopes and assumptions. It’s important that we not only ride out the current
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