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Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape
23 November 2016

Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape

“Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The President-Elect has put forward a number of proposals to cut red tape, including: abolishing two regulations for each new regulation introduced;
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Frequently Asked Questions About Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act 1975
23 November 2016

Frequently Asked Questions About Section 18C Of The Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Question: What was Section 18C intended to do? Answer: On 15 November 1994 in his Second Reading speech to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (which introduced Section 18C) the then Attorney-General, Mr Lavarch said: “The Racial Hatred Bill is about the protection of groups and individuals from threats of violence and the incitement of racial hatred, which leads inevitably to
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Why I Joined — And Quit — The Australian Republican Movement
23 November 2016

Why I Joined — And Quit — The Australian Republican Movement

As a long-time republican, I made the decision last year to join the Australian Republican Movement. Having spent the better part of the past decade involved in Liberal politics. It’s safe to say that I hold a minority view in my own party. I have consistently argued for a republic because I value the ideas of sovereignty and independence. I
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Fracking And Gas Ban A Serious Backward Step
22 November 2016

Fracking And Gas Ban A Serious Backward Step

The introduction today of legislation to ban the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This decision is short-sighted, will damage Victoria’s future, and will cost jobs” says Brett Hogan, Director of Research at the Institute
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Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed
22 November 2016

Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s workplace relations laws should ensure that as far as possible, the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that
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21 November 2016

Submission To The Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry Into The Australian Government Superannuation Imposition Bill

The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system largely achieves that goal for low and high-income earners, middle-income Australia is poorly served. High effective tax rates on superannuation are a critical factor contributing to a retirement savings deficit for middle-income
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Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice
18 November 2016

Donald Trump Vote Was All About Voters Having A Different Choice

Last Wednesday afternoon, just as it was becoming clear Donald Trump would win the US presidential election Aaron Patrick, senior writer at this paper reported on an insight he had gained from an unnamed minister in the Turnbull government. When asked about whether there were any lessons for Australia from what had just happened in the United States the minister
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Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test
17 November 2016

Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test

Enterprise bargaining is a two-way street. Public sector unions cannot continue to argue that well-paid public servants deserve additional entitlements without considering the trade-offs that could be made. Public servants already enjoy generous conditions and entitlements that would not pass the pub test. The Commonwealth public services’ enterprise bargaining agreements notionally expired in 2014. To date, 65 agreements have been
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Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss
17 November 2016

Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss

Australia is the only country out of the world’s 20 most prosperous nations to experience a drop in prosperity since 2007: That’s one of the findings of the Legatum Prosperity Index 2016 released this month and it is due to our ‘growing protectionism, falling economic diversity, and a more inflexible labour market’. The Index measures categories such as personal freedom,
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Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future
16 November 2016

Coal-Fired Power Stations Have A Future

Coal-fired power stations have an important future in Australia, provided that politicians create the right regulatory environment, according to a submission to a Senate Inquiry released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Anti-coal campaigners typically over-exaggerate the decline of coal as an important source of world electricity and completely ignore its essential role in the
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