IPA Review Articles

Can No Voters Find Their Voice?
31 January 2024

Can No Voters Find Their Voice?

The Coalition could now connect with socially conservative and blue-collar voters who said ‘NO’ to the Voice, finds IPA Deputy Executive Director Daniel Wild. The defeat of the Voice to Parliament was a victory for the Australian way of life and will be remembered as a proud day in our nation’s history. It shows Australians believe Australia is a great
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Where Net Zero Is So Yesterday
20 October 2023

Where Net Zero Is So Yesterday

Peter Dutton can follow Rishi Sunak’s lead to walk back the absurd net zero commitments of their previous PMs, argues political science professor David Martin Jones. Nothing became Boris Johnson’s career in British politics more than the manner in which he left it. Rather than endure the indignity of a parliamentary ban after the House of Commons Privileges Committee found
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No Longer Cooking With Gas
20 October 2023

No Longer Cooking With Gas

Banning gas connections to new homes as has been done first in Victoria is another net zero hit to mainstream Australians, warns IPA Senior Fellow Kevin You. Prior to August 2022, the Victorian Planning Provisions mandated that new homes built in Victoria should be connected to the State’s gas network. The mandate was in recognition of Victoria’s abundance of natural
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Climate? It’s Complicated
20 October 2023

Climate? It’s Complicated

The courage to admit prevailing predictions of the Earth’s future climate are far from certainties makes Judith Curry a rare model scientist, writes IPA Visiting Fellow Stephen Wilson. Judith Curry has been on a remarkable journey. In 2005 Curry was a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a climate scientist then 23 years on from earning her PhD in
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Building Even Bigger Problems
4 September 2023

Building Even Bigger Problems

Urgent action is needed to prevent Australia’s construction industry from collapsing under the weight of rising labour costs, red tape, and excess government spending, argues IPA Research Fellow Kevin You. September 2023 will mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Gold Coast University Hospital: a 750-bed, state-of-the-art health facility next to Griffith University’s flagship campus. The construction of
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United We Stand …
4 September 2023

United We Stand …

Even if the Voice to Parliament fails in the referendum the war to divide us will be far from over, warns IPA Director of Research Morgan Begg. One of the best benefits of Australia’s Constitution is that constitutional alterations require the approval of the Australian people at a referendum. The consequence of this requirement is that proposals to change the Constitution
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Queensland’s Dam Fools
2 May 2023

Queensland’s Dam Fools

Queensland’s desalination plant provides a prime example of how caving in to the green lobby harms our society, the economy, and the environment, writes communication consultant Bruce Kingston. Water is often ignored because of its ubiquity, but without it we humans can maintain life for only some three or four days. Major dam projects in Australia in the first half
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Swede Success
24 April 2023

Swede Success

The Swedes proved an alleged crisis—whether COVID or, say, climate change—is no excuse for curtailing our freedom, argues public policy analyst Scott Prasser. Sweden—with its extensive government regulation and social engineering—used to seem to me to be like the world’s largest prison, a sort of real-life version of that 1960s British TV series, The Prisoner, about a make-believe, contrived village
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Coal Closures Dark Age
24 April 2023

Coal Closures Dark Age

Recklessly closing more coal-fired power stations threatens to condemn Australians to a new dark age, argues IPA Research Fellow Kevin You. In April 2023 the Hunter Valley in New South Wales will lose an icon, which—for the last two generations—has been providing reliable, baseload power to factories, businesses, schools, and families in NSW and the rest of the Eastern seaboard
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We Can Work It Out
22 December 2022

We Can Work It Out

Australia’s worker shortage can be addressed through no-regret policies that increase labour supply, writes IPA Research Fellow Saxon Davidson. Australia is currently facing an unprecedented worker shortage, and the Albanese government is failing to act on sensible measures it could take right now to unlock additional labour supply within Australia. Increasing the participation rate—the proportion of potential workers who make
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