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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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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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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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