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Liberals Right To Reject Economic Vandalism
3 July 2017

Liberals Right To Reject Economic Vandalism

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the call of the South Australian Liberal Party Room to block South Australia’s disastrous bank levy. “This is a bad tax which should never see the light of day. Steven Marshall and the Liberals are right to block it,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow at the IPA. “The Bank
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The Liberal Party Verging On An Existential Crisis John Roskam Warns
3 July 2017

The Liberal Party Verging On An Existential Crisis John Roskam Warns

Over the weekend Institute of Public Affairs Executive Director John Roskam, gave comments to the Australian and Fairfax media on the current state of the Liberal Party. He told Joe Kelly at the Australian:  “There is a crisis of conservatism facing the Liberal Party because, if the Coalition is defeated at the next election, there is no legacy from over
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State Government Bank Levy Makes South Australia Riskiest Place For Investment In Australia
3 July 2017

State Government Bank Levy Makes South Australia Riskiest Place For Investment In Australia

Imagine being an international investor looking at Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis’s Budget. You wouldn’t be interested in his infrastructure spend and “future jobs fund”. You’d immediately hone in on the fact that the South Australian government has doubled down on the Federal Coalition’s bank levy by introducing its own state bank levy. And you’d immediately understand that this makes SA the
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The Destruction By Government Of Australia’s Electricity Market
1 July 2017

The Destruction By Government Of Australia’s Electricity Market

Throughout the western world over the last 20-30 years in particular, we have witnessed the tightening hand of the state, which has become ever more bold in insisting where and how we live, who we can work for or employ, what we can say and think, whose car we can get into, whose home we can stay in, and what
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Contempt Drama May Spur Reform Of Outdated Law
30 June 2017

Contempt Drama May Spur Reform Of Outdated Law

Taxpayers are entitled to engage in public debate, including to criticise those whose salaries they fund: politicians, bureaucrats, judges. The time has come to reform contempt of court laws to better protect freedom of speech. Earlier this month, three ministers in the Turnbull government — Greg Hunt, Michael Sukkar, and Alan Tudge — came remarkably close to becoming defendants in
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The Unfair Work Act
29 June 2017

The Unfair Work Act

This is why employers hesitate to hire new staff. Wrongful termination applications from employees have increased by 126% since the Rudd government established the Fair Work Commission in 2009: That’s from our new report Fair Work and the Right to Work, authored by IPA Research Fellow Gideon Rozner, released on Monday. On Wednesday the IPA released our newest video, ‘Why
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New Video: The Dignity Of Work
29 June 2017

New Video: The Dignity Of Work

“Bill Shorten’s announcement on penalty rates – that he only accepts the independence of the Fair Work Commission when it suits him – should give the Turnbull Government the courage to scrap the industrial relations laws that are keeping thousands of Australians out of work,” said Gideon Rozner, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public
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Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act
29 June 2017

Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act

The IPA’s Gideon Rozner explains why the Fair Work Act is one of the most unfair and unbalanced pieces of legislation in Australia’s history.
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Review Of Climate Change Policies
29 June 2017

Review Of Climate Change Policies

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest. Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a given that pursuit of international emissions reduction policies is in Australia’s national interest. However, the drafters of the document have failed to
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How Howard’s Great GST Bargain Got Trashed By Canberra
28 June 2017

How Howard’s Great GST Bargain Got Trashed By Canberra

Policy elites take the view that former prime minister John Howard did a deal with Meg Lees and the Democrats to introduce the GST. In a trivial procedural sense that is accurate. More importantly, however, Howard did a deal with the Australian people that in return for repealing a huge bunch of nuisance taxes, the Commonwealth could levy a broad-based
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