IPA Review Articles

Ok Boomer,  Is That It?
1 September 2022

Ok Boomer, Is That It?

The gap between Boomers and Millennials is as wide as the one between idealism and reality, writes IPA Membership Officer Claire Peter-Budge. Journalist and author Helen Andrews is already interesting as a self-proclaimed conservative in a very woke era, leading from the front in her role as editor of the American Conservative (co-founded by the paleoconservative and former Nixon speechwriter,
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Time To Try Freedom
1 September 2022

Time To Try Freedom

David Kemp chronicles how an ascendant utopian socialism dragged Australia down, until believers in freedom regrouped and fought back, writes IPA Senior Fellow Richard Allsop. It is rare to be able to say when a task is 80 per cent complete that it is already a classic, but that is certainly the case with David Kemp’s landmark five-volume historical study
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A Stand For Free Speech
1 September 2022

A Stand For Free Speech

Modern hate speech laws have their roots in a strange form of modern Puritanism and must be opposed, argues political science professor David Martin Jones. … hate is the verb that to me is superb, And love just a drug on the mart. Any kiddie in school can love like a fool, But hating, my boy, is an art. –
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Spies Who Loved Us
30 August 2022

Spies Who Loved Us

Threats to our national security remain as real right now as they were last century, writes IPA Future Leaders Program intern Jacob Watts. Spies and Sparrows: ASIO and the Cold War attracted my interest because although I was not even born when the Cold War ended, I am keen to learn more about Soviet spies in Australia and work done
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Teal We Meet Again
30 August 2022

Teal We Meet Again

The ‘teal’ phenomenon highlights the contest of values within Australia’s liberal tradition, argues IPA Research Fellow Andrew Kemp. On the election night of May 21, 2022, I like to think that a ghostly chuckle quivered down the upper hallway of the Auburn Hotel, above the euphoric roars of Monique Ryan’s victory party as the independent candidate claimed the federal electorate
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Barrier To Prosperity
30 August 2022

Barrier To Prosperity

Scares over carbon emissions and the Great Barrier Reef are driving red tape that hits regional communities across Australia, reports IPA Research Fellow Kevin You. Red tape has rightly been described by the IPA as Australia’s biggest industry, costing this country more than 10 per cent of our national output every year. Our analysis shows that in only one year
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Our Election (Campaign) Was Stolen
30 August 2022

Our Election (Campaign) Was Stolen

This is the first IPA Review since the recent Federal Election. The result was of course a source of joy for the ALP and a deep disappointment for the Liberal and National Parties, who lost office after three terms. The election campaign generally was a disappointment for us at the IPA, too. We were ready to play a role in
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Shadows Over Parliament
24 July 2022

Shadows Over Parliament

Action is needed to uphold the Bill of Rights’ intent to keep the courts out of parliament, argues former Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm. In the English-speaking world, members of parliament have the right to speak freely in parliament without risking arrest or being sued. The Queen, ministers, governments and officials can all be criticised and corruption exposed. Known as
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The Rise and Rise of the Modern State
17 July 2022

The Rise and Rise of the Modern State

Freedom itself is under threat as the ever-growing State damages liberalism and individualism, argues historian and IPA Adjunct Fellow, Bradley Bowden. The success of modern liberal-democracies has been built upon three pillars: democracy, economic and political liberalism, and an embrace of an energy-intensive economy, Many assume democracy is the key element of the three, as millions laid down their lives
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The Measure Of Liberty
30 June 2022

The Measure Of Liberty

If Australians knew more of how political and economic liberty defeated pessimism and poverty, they’d be more prepared to fight for it now, write IPA Adjunct Fellow Brad Bowden and IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. Australians today are part of a modern and industrialised world that emerged during the ‘long century’ of the Enlightenment; an era of transformative change that
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