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Sadly You Can Eat What You Like Around Your Hunger Strike
4 May 2017

Sadly You Can Eat What You Like Around Your Hunger Strike

In 1971 there were 57 pages of federal environmental legislation. In 2016, there was an astonishing 4,669 pages. That’s from our new report The Growth of Federal Environmental Law 1971 to 2016, authored by Morgan Begg. The Australian covered it on its front page on Saturday: Red tape costs Australia $176 billion every year. Today the IPA’s Daniel Wild published
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What Part Of Free Speech Doesn’t Liberty Victoria Understand?
4 May 2017

What Part Of Free Speech Doesn’t Liberty Victoria Understand?

Liberty Victoria’s decision to reward Gillian Triggs with its annual Voltaire Award is a perfect example of the left’s perverse interpretation of freedom of speech. Today, the Victorian “civil liberties” advocacy organisation had this to say about Gillian Triggs, who as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission since 2012 has overseen some of the worst known abuses of section
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3 May 2017

Why Should Everyone Else Pay For Your Expensive University Degree?

Australian students have the immense privilege of being able to attend a world-class university regardless of their bank balance, or family background. And that will continue under the government’s recently announced plans to make students foot more of the bill for their degree, and to start paying it back sooner. The beauty of Australia’s higher education contribution scheme, or ‘HECS’
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New IPA Report Details Enormous Growth In Environmental Law
1 May 2017

New IPA Report Details Enormous Growth In Environmental Law

New research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs details the enormous growth in environmental law from 1971 to 2016. The research paper by IPA research fellow Morgan Begg shows that Federal environmental departments administered 57 pages of legislation in 1971. In 2016 that number was 4,669 pages of legislation. “The massive growth in federal environmental
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Section 18C Letter To The Editor Of The Law Society Journal
1 May 2017

Section 18C Letter To The Editor Of The Law Society Journal

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane’s essay “Setting the Record Straight” about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (LSJ February) perpetuates more misconceptions than it dispels. It is true that the Racial Hatred Act 1995 was introduced following the tabling of three government reports in the early 1990s, but it is not accurate to say section 18C reflects the recommendations
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The Growth Of Federal Environmental Law 1971 To 2016
30 April 2017

The Growth Of Federal Environmental Law 1971 To 2016

Red tape costs the Australian economy at least $176 billion, or 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Environmental red tape and regulation in particular has grown significantly in recent decades. This report provides an objective measure of the growth of federal environmental legislation since the creation of the first Commonwealth environmental department in 1971. The
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IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

IPA Research Outlines Criminal Justice Lessons From The United States

“There are a number of lessons for Australian governments from the United States about how to reform our criminal justice systems to improve community safety,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA criminal justice project today released its second major research paper, Criminal justice reform: Lessons from the United
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Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with reforms being implemented in many cases with Republican leadership. • The principles of successful criminal justice reform: » Community safety is paramount, and
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Locking Down Crime
28 April 2017

Locking Down Crime

Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime statistics. Robbery and theft have declined 13 per cent from the last quarter of 2016.Other serious crimes such as murder and assault are stable. This stands in stark contrast to Victoria where serious crime is skyrocketing,
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Westpac Can’t See the Forest for the Tweets
28 April 2017

Westpac Can’t See the Forest for the Tweets

Westpac’s revised Climate Change Plan, which rules out funding new coal-producing regions and imposes other restrictions on lending for coal mines and power stations, is another example of Australian companies unable to see the forest for the tweets, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Time and again we have seen major companies in Australia fail to
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