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IMF Report Shows Old-Time Fiscal Religion Is Needed To Counter The New Mediocre
20 February 2017

IMF Report Shows Old-Time Fiscal Religion Is Needed To Counter The New Mediocre

The latest annual IMF Australia Consultation might have passed unnoticed but for this highly damning statement: “the new mediocre”. Perhaps they were being polite – Australia’s lacklustre fiscal performance has become the new normal or just mediocre. There is nothing new about the increasing debt and ongoing deficits we have experienced since the Rudd government panicked in 2008 and went
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Picking Judges
18 February 2017

Picking Judges

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in the United States are about to engage in political warfare about who will be their next Supreme Court judge. Australians should be envious. The American president fulfilled a key promise to conservative voters by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the court’s vacancy. Gorsuch is by reputable accounts an exceptionally qualified jurist, and an originalist
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Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State
17 February 2017

Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State

Crime is caused by people who decide to commit crimes. It is not caused by society. The criminal justice system exists to punish criminals and protect the community, not to fix societal ills. This is a very simple principle. But it bears restating because it seems to have eluded Rob Hulls in his commentary, published in these pages last week,
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New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right
17 February 2017

New Minister Must Get Curriculum Right

The latest NSW Cabinet reshuffle has resulted in some significant front bench arrivals and departures in the new Berejiklian Government. One of those changes is the replacement of Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education, with Rob Stokes, previously Minister for Planning. During Piccoli’s six years in office, which have been described as everything from disappointing to a debacle he seemed to
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Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced
17 February 2017

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Australia’s race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free speech restrictions in place to protect liberal values. The debate over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is heating up ahead of a parliamentary committee report into the law due to be released later this month. Soutphommasane
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New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice
16 February 2017

New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice

This week the Institute of Public Affairs launched its new Parliamentary Research Brief Program which will provide concise analysis on topical issues direct to parliamentarians. “The program builds on what the IPA has always been about: communicating the importance of free enterprise and human flourishing,” said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of
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Minor Party Voters Fed Up With Red Tape
16 February 2017

Minor Party Voters Fed Up With Red Tape

Fifty-two per cent of minor party voters believe Australia is over-regulated, according to an Essential Research poll released on 14 February 2017. “This is clear evidence that minor party voters are fed up with the burden imposed by red tape and over-regulation,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Essential
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Taxi Licence Compensation Sends The Wrong Message
15 February 2017

Taxi Licence Compensation Sends The Wrong Message

Lines of taxi drivers crawled across the Bolte Bridge in Melbourne on Monday. Their protest wasn’t over pay, conditions or safety. It was over the size of their consumer-funded compensation handout as Victoria legalises Uber. The transition from ageing taxis to innovators like Uber is inevitable and has forced governments to reconsider their cosy relationship with the taxi industry. Victoria’s
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IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option
13 February 2017

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech. Reports in The Australian today suggest that members of the Turnbull government are considering
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IPA: Victorian Opposition Right To Repeal Victorian Renewable Energy Target
13 February 2017

IPA: Victorian Opposition Right To Repeal Victorian Renewable Energy Target

“The Victorian Opposition is right to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in Victoria. It is a costly scheme which raises energy prices while providing no noticeable benefits to the environment,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian Opposition announced they would scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy
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