IPA Today

The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values
10 March 2017

The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values

Francis Fukuyama, Tony Blair and George Christensen all know something that Scott Morrison and the rest of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet have not yet realised. Politics is now primarily about values – not economics. When cultural values were agreed upon between the major political parties and shared throughout the community, politicians could afford to spend much of the time discussing economics.
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But 100% Of Hey Is True
9 March 2017

But 100% Of Hey Is True

The UN said last week that free markets undermine “the realization of housing as a human right“. Really? Here’s how freer markets have worked out for the world’s slum dwellers since 1990: Why has the IPA’s Evan Mulholland been quoted in media outlets in New York, Washington, Canada, Malaysia, the UK, Ireland and, the Czech Republic this week? Is it free speech?
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Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam
8 March 2017

Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the Whitlam era of economic crisis business investment averaged 13.7% of GDP. Download the full report here
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Pedestrian Signals, Pedestrian Thinking
7 March 2017

Pedestrian Signals, Pedestrian Thinking

Today it was revealed by the Herald Sun that the Committee of Melbourne in conjunction with VicRoads are installing 10 female pedestrian figures at the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets as part of a 12-month trial. The Committee of Melbourne, the lobby group behind the change are pushing to achieve 1:1 male and female representation at pedestrian crossings across
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Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed
3 March 2017

Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act Will Be Repealed

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act will be repealed. It won’t happen today, and it may not happen in this term of parliament. But section 18C has become such an iconic issue for such a broad group of Australians that its continuing presence on the statute books is utterly unsustainable – and calls to ignore section 18C and the
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La La Land Should Have Campaigned In The Rust Belt
2 March 2017

La La Land Should Have Campaigned In The Rust Belt

Don’t reform section 18C – just get rid of it, as Simon Breheny said on ABC News 24 on Tuesday: You can watch the IPA’s reaction to the Parliamentary Committee’s report on 18C on Facebook Live, and you can read our 140 page submission. Simon Breheny was also in the Daily Telegraph today saying that despite the committee’s report “the
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Demand Remains For Free Speech
2 March 2017

Demand Remains For Free Speech

It is disappointing that the parliamentary committee charged with looking into one of Australia’s most insidious anti-free speech laws has failed to recommend its repeal. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights tabled its final report on Tuesday following its inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia. Specifically, the committee was asked to assess the operation of section 18C of
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Fake News Meets 18C
1 March 2017

Fake News Meets 18C

Earlier this month Professor Andrew Jakubowitz of the taxpayer-created Cyber Racism and Community Resilience Research Group attempted to debunk a poll commissioned by the IPA showing a plurality of Australians supported section 18C reform. As I explained on Flat White, his argument that the IPA was pushing loaded questions fell apart when exposed to minimal scrutiny. Professor Jakubowitz’s CRaCR later
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Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice
24 February 2017

Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice

Dear Committee, At the Sydney public hearings on the Select Committee on Red Tape on 24 February 2017, Senator Dastyari asked me to take on notice a “large ideological question”: “do we want socialism in one country or perpetual revolution?” I am glad to supply an answer to this question. Download the full response here
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Immigrants Boost The Economy And Should Be Welcomed
24 February 2017

Immigrants Boost The Economy And Should Be Welcomed

Populism is being mainstreamed in Australia. At a book launch former prime minister Tony Abbott set out an aggressive populist agenda for Australia – presumably a second Abbott government. Abolish the renewable energy target, abolish the Human Rights Commission, cut spending, reform the Senate, and cut immigration. This from a man who couldn’t amend a single section of the Racial
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