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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions
2 December 2016

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people’s lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a family. And a key part of protecting the community is incarceration. Dangerous and antisocial criminals simply must be kept in isolation so that
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Democracy Is Not Populism
2 December 2016

Democracy Is Not Populism

The death of the murderous dictator Fidel Castro is a timely reminder of the alternatives to democracy. Winston Churchill was right on nearly all of the big things – but he was very wrong on democracy. The idea that “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others” is just plain wrong. In the absence of democracy,
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It’s Offensive When Labor Plays Politics With Racism
2 December 2016

It’s Offensive When Labor Plays Politics With Racism

It is disappointing when politicians stir up racial and religious tensions for their own political purposes. And it’s not politicians on the Right I’m talking about. It’s Bill Shorten, who spent the better part of last week trying to mobilise ethnic and religious communities against increasingly likely changes to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, with warnings of “a
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From The Desk Of President-Elect Donald Trump
1 December 2016

From The Desk Of President-Elect Donald Trump

Originally appeared in the IPA Review, December 2016. Download document
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Treaty
1 December 2016

Treaty

Bill Shorten’s push for a treaty with Aboriginal Australians is as divisive as it is dangerous, writes Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny. Debate over the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has consumed Australia’s political class for almost a decade. Ever since former Prime Minister John Howard promised to recognise indigenous Australians in the constitution if the Coalition
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Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result
30 November 2016

Construction Industry Legislation Passage A Great Result

The passage through Parliament of a Bill to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a great result for employers and workers in the construction industry, as well as for the consumers who buy their products, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The building and construction industry employs hundreds of thousands of Australians
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Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout
29 November 2016

Senate Coal Committee Report A Sellout

The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs “This report is a sell-out of Australian households and businesses, as well as the tens of thousands of people that are employed in coal mines
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IPA: Turnbull Government Must Now End Green Lawfare
25 November 2016

IPA: Turnbull Government Must Now End Green Lawfare

“With two more appeals against the Adani mine just dismissed, it is clear green groups are launching frivolous lawsuits aimed at fulfilling a radical left wing fantasy of shutting down the entire fossil-fuel industry.” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia should aspire to become the most attractive destination for international
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25 November 2016

Homogenised Temperatures, And Planning For Bushfires

How hot was it at Rutherglen on Black Friday? Black Friday was that tragic day – 13 January 1939 – when a firestorm swept across Victoria destroying whole towns. Just to the north, at Rutherglen, did maximum temperatures reach 47.6 °C on that fateful day – or only 42.2 °C? Experts will explain that when considering the likely impact of
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Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste
24 November 2016

Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste

The Grattan Institute’s report demanding a new sugar tax on soft drinks is a blatant insult to the Australian people. Grattan, founded by the Rudd government, prides itself on “evidence-based” policy. Its latest work, which follows Greens policy, smacks of anything but. Sugar taxes do not work. Research has found they fail to reduce obesity and have a regressive impact
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