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Four Year Terms Are A Bad Idea
24 February 2017

Four Year Terms Are A Bad Idea

The election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit, and the return of One Nation have all threatened the centre-right status quo, while on the left, throwback leaders like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have emerged. All of these movements share one key belief: that government no longer represents the people. It would seem a bizarre time, then, to propose
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The Coalition Hands Its Values To Hanson
24 February 2017

The Coalition Hands Its Values To Hanson

The rise of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party continues to befuddle the Canberra press gallery and the major political parties. In Western Australia One Nation could hold the balance of power after the state election next month, and in Queensland the party is polling 23 per cent. Even in Victoria, the state often presumed to be the country’s most progressive,
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Right Needs Bernardi’s New Voice
24 February 2017

Right Needs Bernardi’s New Voice

In the long run, Cory Bernardi leaving the Liberal Party to start his own conservative movement will help the Liberal Party and will strengthen centre-right politics in Australia. Centre-right politics needs more voices, not fewer, and it needs voices that are not constrained by the limits of day-today parliamentary politics. Cory Bernardi will still be in the senate, but instead
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New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws
24 February 2017

New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws

“The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being persistently eroded under federal laws,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA’s report entitled Legal Rights Audit 2016, authored by Mr Breheny and IPA Research Fellow Morgan Begg, was featured in The Australian this morning. It revealed that the legal rights
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Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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Do Androids Dream Of Electric Tax Forms?
23 February 2017

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Tax Forms?

Public sector wages have increased more than private sector wages in 8 out of 9 quarters since December 2014: Would that pass the pub test? In November the IPA’s Aaron Lane wrote that the demands of the public sector unions certainly wouldn’t in a SMH piece the National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union described as…wait for it…”dodgy“.
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America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools
23 February 2017

America Has The Answer For Australia’s Failing Schools

Australia must tackle the highly-centralised structures of public education if we are to stem the long-term decline of Australian students’ performance compared to the rest of the world. When it comes to public education, Australia has much to learn from the United States. Last week, the US Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s controversial pick for Education Secretary, Betsy
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FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities
23 February 2017

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

“It is encouraging that the Fair Work Commission has moved in the right direction to make weekend work more secure,” says Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Penalty rates are a penalty on jobs. The higher the penalty, the higher the barriers are into employment – putting the job market further out of reach for the
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Donald Trump’s New Security Adviser Must Learn To Master Chaos
22 February 2017

Donald Trump’s New Security Adviser Must Learn To Master Chaos

After just four weeks, the Trump administration finds itself beset by problems, many of them related to national security: the botched executive order on immigration; a gush of leaks from the intelligence community and the messy departure of national security advisor Lieutenant-General Mike Flynn; and concerns, increasingly shared by Republicans in Congress, about reported links between Trump’s circle and Russia.
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Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values
21 February 2017

Refusing A Handshake Is An Affront To Our Basic Values

An early test for Education Minister Rob Stokes comes with the news that Hurstville Boys Campus, a public school in Sydney’s west, has adopted “an agreed protocol” which effectively excuses some of its male students from shaking hands with females is yet another attack on our values and has no place in our taxpayer-funded schools. This decision came about following
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