IPA Review- December 2017

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This article was first published in the December 2017 IPA Review. Australia has some of the most plentiful energy resources in the world. The last two decades, however, have paradoxically seen high and rising energy prices. In just the past... Read more

One of the more consequential political stories that dominated headlines in 2017 was the prolonged dual citizenship crisis upending the Commonwealth parliament. The complete paralysis that has resulted is nothing short of a humiliating scandal.... Read more

This article first appeared in the December 2017 edition of the IPA Review: The world is coming into Europe at precisely the moment that Europe has lost sight of what it is,’ Douglas Murray writes. ‘And while the movement from other cultures... Read more

‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other... Read more

This article first appeared in the December 2017 IPA Review.  The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act was passed into law by the British parliament in 1900, received royal assent, and became the Constitution of the Commonwealth of... Read more

This article appeared in the December 2017 IPA Review: An increasing number of Australians are turning to sharing economy platforms to work independently. Airtasker’s (a popular sharing economy platform) 2017 survey on the ‘Future of Work’... Read more

When Alfred Deakin quit politics in early January 1913, the initial press assessments of his contribution to public life were not particularly effusive. This even applied to The Age, the newspaper that had done so much to promote Deakin’s career.... Read more

Both sides in the religious liberty debate might give up the debate altogether in return for state privileges, writes Morgan Begg. The federal parliament’s bipartisan Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act, introduced in September,... Read more

Debates over climate change science have been silenced, writes Simon Breheny. From government officials using their positions to academics using the law, there are many ways in which proponents of interventionist policy are attempting to shut... Read more

Economists explain the far-reaching implications of blockchain technology on society and on how we are governed. A blockchain is a digital, decentralised, distributed ledger. This year saw a meteoric rise in interest in cryptocurrencies and the... Read more

Western Civilisation is being neglected in Australian history courses. But there is hope for the future, writes Dr Bella d'Abrera. As part of its Foundations of Western Civilisation Program, this October the Institute of Public Affairs... Read more

It wasn’t until late November this year that the federal government remembered its long-term promise to cut taxes. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a return to serious economic reform—it was a distraction from the ongoing citizenship saga. Indeed,... Read more