1 January 2008
The Growth Of Australia’s Regulatory State: Ideology, Accountability And The Mega-Regulators
Regulation is a political activity. It sets the framework for the market economy by defining the boundaries between private action and government action. Yet those boundaries are not fixed. Australian governments are growing the body of regulation – and the resources dedicated to regulating – at an ever increasing pace. This growth in regulation has more than just economic consequences.
31 October 2006
Australia’s 13 Biggest Mistakes
Far from the wars of Old Europe, relatively immune to the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century, and endowed with ample land and resources to fit a country many times our population, Australia has had a lot going for it. However, this also means that we can be squarely blamed for some of the disastrous policies enacted by governments either propelled
10 October 2006
Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God
Jason Briant reviews The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God by George Weigal (Basic Books, 2005, 202 pages) Anyone who takes an interest in foreign policy will know that the relationship between the United States and continental Europe has been becoming increasingly rocky over recent years. Growing disagreement over foreign policy across the Atlantic has been at
10 July 2006
Book Review: Loving the corporation, 50 years on
‘Peter Drucker is probably the bestknown writer in the world on the philosophical and practical aspects of industrial management.’ So wrote the editor of the IPA Review in 1956 when introducing a piece written by Drucker for the IPA on ‘The Management Horizon’. Over succeeding decades, Drucker’s reputation grew to the point where he was dubbed the ‘father of modern
10 July 2002
Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom
Download the full book here. Much of the world is still horrible but during the final quarter of the 20th Century life spans greatly increased almost everywhere especially in the once-poor countries of East Asia. The economic order that achieved these momentous gains is now threatened by ‘anti-globalisation’. We began the new millennium with blessings close to home. Australians were
10 September 2000
The Role of Dry Philosophy
The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood .… Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves to some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some
1 October 1992
Menzies and the Middle Class
It is the fashion among today’s ‘clever’ people to pour scorn on those who influenced or controlled Australia’s destinies in the past. These earlier leaders were apparently misguided nincompoops who must be held largely responsible for the deplorable situation in which Australia now finds itself. Although a rather too critical book, Judith Brett’s Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People avoids this absurdity.
19 December 1943
Hey! What Did I Miss?
The IPA’s Hey…What Did I Miss? is our weekly newsletter. Every Thursday afternoon, Hey…What Did I Miss? is sent to our list of 20,000 subscribers. It is a roundup of IPA research and news stories from around the world that impact freedom and free markets.
19 December 1943
The IPA prides itself on thorough and interesting research. This page features our reports, submissions and media releases on a variety of topics relating to the protection and promotion of liberty.
19 December 1943
In The News
The IPA is a constant presence in the Australian media. IPA staff have been published in every major metropolitan paper. Here is a collection of all op-eds written by IPA staff.