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Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones
20 January 2017

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology – including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators – according to a new research paper by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones, IPA Research Fellow Darcy Allen reviews the opportunities and
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Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done
18 January 2017

Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done

Today’s Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government to reduce red tape and bureaucracy. “While small businesses are more confident than they have been in a long time, the
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Young Australians Full Of Optimism About The Future
30 December 2016

Young Australians Full Of Optimism About The Future

The IPA’s “Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians” report has identified that young people are overwhelmingly positive about their own future, and also positive about the future of Australia. The IPA’s “Growing Freedom: Survey of Young Australians” is a wide-ranging study of over a thousand young Australians aged between 16 and 25. Respondents were asked a series of questions about
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IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget
19 December 2016

IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget

The worsening condition of the Federal Budget is further evidence of the need to re-think the role of the government in Australia, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The latest Commonwealth Budget figures were released today in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. They show the cumulative expected deficits from 2016-17 to 2019-20 have
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Australians Don’t Want Higher Power Bills From Forced Coal Closures
16 December 2016

Australians Don’t Want Higher Power Bills From Forced Coal Closures

Nearly 50% of Australians would disapprove of the closure of coal-fired power plants if electricity prices were to increase by between 4 and 10 per cent the following year, according to a new survey conducted by Galaxy Research for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This survey is a wake-up call to policy makers who think they
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Repeal, Not Reform, Of Section 18C The Only Way Forward For Free Speech: IPA
13 December 2016

Repeal, Not Reform, Of Section 18C The Only Way Forward For Free Speech: IPA

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs is calling for the full repeal of section 18C as the only adequate protection for freedom of speech, in a comprehensive submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry into freedom of speech in Australia released today. “Section 18C is a significant and dangerous restriction on the human right
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Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback
9 December 2016

Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback

Parallel Import Restrictions on books are an effective tariff on international trade, similar to the archaic tariffs that were abolished under the Hawke-Keating government. “Labor’s decision to oppose the abolition of Parallel Import Restrictions on books reads like illiterate protectionism. This is an area where we know as a fact that prices of books will be lower as a result
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The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal
6 December 2016

The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this past Friday demonstrates the need for change to Australia’s criminal justice system. Our prison population is ballooning – costing taxpayers nearly $4 billion per year. Approximately
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IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform
2 December 2016

IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“Australia’s overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today released a research report into incarceration in Australia. The use of prisons in Australia:
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Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result
30 November 2016

Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result

The passage through Parliament of a Bill to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a great result for employers and workers in the construction industry, as well as for the consumers who buy their products, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The building and construction industry employs hundreds of thousands of Australians
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