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The Libertarian Alternative
2 May 2016

The Libertarian Alternative

Libertarianism – the philosophy of government that pairs free market economics with social liberalism – presents a vigorous challenge and viable political alternative to the old Left-Right partisan shouting match. Libertarianism offers surprising new solutions to stagnant policy debates over issues such as immigration and civil rights, and provokes a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and
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1 May 2016

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2016

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of university free speech. Each Australian university has been assigned a red, amber, or green speech ranking, based upon their policies and past actions.
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1 May 2016

The Red Tape State

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the federal regulatory system. It is estimated that 444 government bodies established by the Rudd and Gillard governments continue to exist, and 198
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The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity
1 May 2016

The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form of paperwork, labour retraining and other compliance burdens, the costs of delaying production, and the diversion away from more entrepreneurial
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The Politics Of James Bond
25 April 2016

The Politics Of James Bond

More and more it seems that the place and importance of the individual is taking a backseat in Western societies. Symptoms of this include political discourse which regards the desire to keep and enjoy the fruits of your own labour as greedy, and which pushes higher taxes as people paying their fair share. Or when laws are enacted to restrict
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What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing
20 February 2016

What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing

• Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. • 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under $150,000, and the median income of Australians negatively geared is $88,751. • Changing negative gearing will make it more
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10 February 2016

Healthy competition Is Good For Children

‘It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, only that you tried and did your best.’ This is often said to help children come to terms with suffering a defeat of some sort. In fact, this valuable lesson only applies where competition exists. Competition breeds excellence and cultivates cooperation, but today there is no top of the class. Scores are
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24 January 2016

New Australia Day Poll: We Love Australia

A new poll conducted exclusively for the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs shows Australians hold overwhelmingly patriotic views. The poll was featured in the Herald Sun this morning. “Australia is a great country – and Australians agree. They are proud to be Australian, proud of our past and love celebrating Australia Day,” says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director
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Driving A Soft Bargain
15 December 2015

Driving A Soft Bargain

All current Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreements have a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014, and are currently in the bargaining stage for the next suite of agreements. This report examines the APS Agreements of the Top 10 Commonwealth government Agencies or Departments by employee size. The APS Agreements provide that general salary levels for APS-level employees will incrementally
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11 December 2015

Innovation Statement? The Government Doesn’t Even Allow Lemonade Stands

The story of what happened to Chelsea-lee Downes reveals everything that’s wrong with Australia’s attitude to innovation and risk-taking. Malcolm Turnbull and Chris Pyne’s Innovation Statement released on Monday is a good start. Less important than the statement’s billion dollars of handouts is its recognition that our attitude to innovation must change. And of course, the biggest source of opposition
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