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Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity
10 December 2016

Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity

The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The prioritisation of ‘inclusive language’ and teaching ‘diversity’ above free intellectual inquiry Free intellectual inquiry and diversity of viewpoints The conflation of equivalent opportunities and
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The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C
9 December 2016

The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C

Below is an excerpt from the foreword of this report by John Roskam. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War – a war fought to defend human freedom – the Institute of Public Affairs was founded. Enshrined in the Constitution of the Institute of Public Affairs is the objective to ‘further the individual, social, political and economic
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Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback
9 December 2016

Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback

Parallel Import Restrictions on books are an effective tariff on international trade, similar to the archaic tariffs that were abolished under the Hawke-Keating government. “Labor’s decision to oppose the abolition of Parallel Import Restrictions on books reads like illiterate protectionism. This is an area where we know as a fact that prices of books will be lower as a result
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On Regulation, Productivity and Growth
9 December 2016

On Regulation, Productivity and Growth

Concern over Australia’s recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to propel long-run economic growth and prosperity. The key policy framework to achieve this, we propose here, is a classically liberal approach to economic policy that involves maintaining the rule of law, limiting government, protecting private property and
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Green-Left Legerdemain Doesn’t Make Religion Relevant
8 December 2016

Green-Left Legerdemain Doesn’t Make Religion Relevant

It has long been obvious that the political agenda of some Catholic organisations and schools rest solidly within the Green-left advocacy model, particularly in its increasing reliance on identity politics. Noel Pearson has rightly highlighted the soft bigotry of many of these groups when he notes: “they need blacks to remain alienated from mothers bosoms, incarcerated in legions, leading short
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IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime
6 December 2016

IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime

Our submission is informed by the work of our ongoing criminal justice project, which is developing policy reform across the criminal justice system, from incarceration, to policing, to the criminal law. Institute of Public Affairs research released this past Friday shows that there are some worrying trends in criminal justice across the country. Our prison population is booming – costing
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The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal
6 December 2016

The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this past Friday demonstrates the need for change to Australia’s criminal justice system. Our prison population is ballooning – costing taxpayers nearly $4 billion per year. Approximately
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Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible
6 December 2016

Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible

The New Zealand prime minister is rightly being showered with praise from over this side of the Tasman. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Key’s resignation was “a great loss to New Zealand and a great loss to the world”. Tony Abbott congratulated Key for a “fine innings”. Key’s shock resignation yesterday comes with his three-term government, first elected in 2008,
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Learning When To Catch Blackfish
5 December 2016

Learning When To Catch Blackfish

The NSW draft curriculum released last week glosses over thousands of years of western development and progress, in favour of teaching students about climate change in mathematics class. The NSW Board of Studies, slavishly following the National Curriculum, has adopted three so-called cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, and sustainability.
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IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform
2 December 2016

IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“Australia’s overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today released a research report into incarceration in Australia. The use of prisons in Australia:
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