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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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Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout
29 November 2016

Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout

The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs “This report is a sell-out of Australian households and businesses, as well as the tens of thousands of people that are employed in coal mines
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IPA: Turnbull Government Must Now End Green Lawfare
25 November 2016

IPA: Turnbull Government Must Now End Green Lawfare

“With two more appeals against the Adani mine just dismissed, it is clear green groups are launching frivolous lawsuits aimed at fulfilling a radical left wing fantasy of shutting down the entire fossil-fuel industry.” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia should aspire to become the most attractive destination for international
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Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape
23 November 2016

Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape

“Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The President-Elect has put forward a number of proposals to cut red tape, including: abolishing two regulations for each new regulation introduced;
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Frequently Asked Questions About Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act 1975
23 November 2016

Frequently Asked Questions About Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Question: What was Section 18C intended to do? Answer: On 15 November 1994 in his Second Reading speech to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (which introduced Section 18C) the then Attorney-General, Mr Lavarch said: “The Racial Hatred Bill is about the protection of groups and individuals from threats of violence and the incitement of racial hatred, which leads inevitably to
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Fracking And Gas Ban A Serious Backward Step
22 November 2016

Fracking And Gas Ban A Serious Backward Step

The introduction today of legislation to ban the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This decision is short-sighted, will damage Victoria’s future, and will cost jobs” says Brett Hogan, Director of Research at the Institute
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Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed
22 November 2016

Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s workplace relations laws should ensure that as far as possible, the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that
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Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future
16 November 2016

Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future

Coal-fired power stations have an important future in Australia, provided that politicians create the right regulatory environment, according to a submission to a Senate Inquiry released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Anti-coal campaigners typically over-exaggerate the decline of coal as an important source of world electricity and completely ignore its essential role in the
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New Poll Shows Widespread Support For Free Speech
10 November 2016

New Poll Shows Widespread Support For Free Speech

New Galaxy Research polling commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs has found that 64 per cent of Australians oppose a newspaper cartoonist being investigated by the Australian Human Rights Commission, and 45 per cent of Australians support change to the Racial Discrimination Act so that it is no longer unlawful to “offend” or “insult” Executive Director of the Institute
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8 November 2016

IPA Welcomes Inquiry On Free Speech

The Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed the announcement of a parliamentary inquiry by the human rights committee into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 and curbs on freedom of speech in Australia. “This would help break the deadlock in parliament over section 18C and provide people with an opportunity to outline the consequences of limiting freedom of
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