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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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Liberals Must Learn From Breitbart
28 April 2017

Liberals Must Learn From Breitbart

Last week when he announced changes to the laws on Australian citizenship and foreign workers, Malcolm Turnbull spoke passionately about “Australian values” and the need to respect our culture and history. It was a long overdue foray from him into the debate about our changing national identity. Unfortunately many on the political left demean that debate by labelling it as
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Does ESPN Show Too Much Badminton?
27 April 2017

Does ESPN Show Too Much Badminton?

In Canada, cutting company tax hasn’t decreased company tax revenue for the Canadian government: The great Dr Arthur Laffer explained to an IPA audience in 2015 how lower taxes increase growth and, subsequently, tax revenue. When President Reagan did this it was called “voodoo economics“. Now that President Trump is cutting America’s corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% to
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Growing Freedom
23 April 2017

Growing Freedom

Twenty-sixteen was a tumultuous year for global politics. The British people ignored their political leaders and voted to leave the European Union, while Americans elected Donald Trump. Australia also had its fair share of local revolts, with the continual power shift towards minor parties. Political elites have been left questioning the state of modern liberal democracy. A solid stream of
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Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk
21 April 2017

Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk

“The government’s plan to impose GST on goods purchased from foreign online retailers is a tax increase and should be rejected by the parliament”, said Dr Chris Berg. Dr Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT economists and senior fellows at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, will appear this morning before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee
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Courting Freedom: Australia’s High Court Has Chipped Away At Our Freedoms For Long Enough
20 April 2017

Courting Freedom: Australia’s High Court Has Chipped Away At Our Freedoms For Long Enough

Since 2013, the federal judiciary has been substantially reshaped, with four appointments to the High Court, along with 30 other appointments to other federal courts. In January 2017, for instance, retiring Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French, was replaced by Susan Kiefel. Yet few Australians could name any of the recent appointments made by the government. Even fewer
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It’s The Values, Stupid
20 April 2017

It’s The Values, Stupid

Before it finally announced its intention to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in March this year, the Turnbull government professed a very strong view on where section 18C ranked in its list of political priorities. Eliminating this threat to freedom of speech—one of the most fundamental democratic liberties—by scrapping 18C ‘wouldn’t create one job’, according to Treasurer
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