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5 Reasons To Abolish The RET
10 February 2017

5 Reasons To Abolish The RET

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity – 24 per cent – be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly retailers, are required to purchase a certain amount of wholesale energy from renewable sources. Because renewables are typically costlier and less efficient than non-renewables, the RET causes energy prices to
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IPA: South Australia Has No One Left To Blame
9 February 2017

IPA: South Australia Has No One Left To Blame

Last night’s partial blackout in South Australia is only a small taste of things to come, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “About the only person the South Australian Government hasn’t blamed for the outcome of its ideologically-inspired electricity policies is Donald Trump,” says Brett Hogan, IPA Director of Research. “The suggestion by Premier Weatherill
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IPA: Victorian Gas Ban Just Plain Wrong
8 February 2017

IPA: Victorian Gas Ban Just Plain Wrong

The announcement by the Victorian Opposition to support the Victorian Government’s permanent legislative ban on the exploration and development of unconventional gas and the extension of the moratorium on conventional gas continues this act of economic self-harm, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This is another example of political parties across Australia engaging in economic
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Trump’s Artless Deals Will Deeply Disturb Allies After Turnbull Call
3 February 2017

Trump’s Artless Deals Will Deeply Disturb Allies After Turnbull Call

Tough phone calls between Australian prime ministers and other world leaders are nothing new; I have been present for a number of them. Even when the messages are firm and the differences great, invariably they remain civil. Harsh words between a prime minister and a US president are still rarer – although the alliance almost fractured over differences between Gough
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IPA: Construction Costs In Melbourne Sky High
3 February 2017

IPA: Construction Costs In Melbourne Sky High

Construction and labour costs in Melbourne are among the highest in the world, second only to places like New York, according to a new research paper The Impact of the prohibitive cost of building in Victoria by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Author of the research paper, IPA Adjunct Fellow Gideon Rozner said “Construction costs
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The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria
3 February 2017

The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Australian Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. The main object of the Bill is to: “…provide an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively, for the benefit of all building industry participants and for the benefit of the
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Revealed: How Your Taxes Fund The 18c Fan Club
3 February 2017

Revealed: How Your Taxes Fund The 18c Fan Club

One of the most obvious features of the parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been the volume of government agencies and government-funded left-wing interest groups that have contributed to the body of submissions. These beneficiaries of government largesse are uniformly in favour of more government, and defending the existing prohibition of offensive, insulting, humiliating and
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Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate
2 February 2017

Why We Shouldn’t #ChangeTheDate

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be raised and discussed at the Guild Council meeting. Even though the official submission date had closed the week earlier, the Guild allowed WASAC to
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What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics
2 February 2017

What #ChangeTheDate Reveals About Identity Politics

Last Friday, the University of Western Australia Student Guild voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the date of Australia Day and proposed to ban all future campus celebrations on January 26. Just hours before the general meeting was to set to begin, the Western Australian Students Aboriginal Corporation (WASAC) had requested that the motion to join the #ChangeTheDate campaign be
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Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses
1 February 2017

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

Workplace relations, taxation and the regulation of alcohol are only some of the costly and complex burdens facing Australian hospitality and related industries. This paper is an enquiry into one subset of these burdens, liquor licensing, which impacts businesses from supermarkets to small bars. Liquor licensing refers to state-based regulatory restrictions on the sale of alcohol on premises (e.g. bars),
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