Parliamentary Research Briefs

Parliamentary Research Brief – Net Zero Puts 157,000 Jobs At Risk In Queensland
29 April 2024

Parliamentary Research Brief – Net Zero Puts 157,000 Jobs At Risk In Queensland

In April, the Queensland state government passed the Clean Economy Jobs Act 2024, adding to the state’s already extensive collection of environmental red tape and which enshrines in legislation the state’s target of net zero emissions by 2050. Research by the Institute of Public Affairs finds that up to 157,710 jobs will be put at risk by the policy of
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Overseas Arrivals In 2023 Exceeded One Million For First Time In Australia’s History
28 February 2024

Parliamentary Research Brief – Overseas Arrivals In 2023 Exceeded One Million For First Time In Australia’s History

According to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 14 February 2024, total permanent and long-term arrivals in 2023 was 1,091,210 people—the first year in history in which this figure exceeded one million. Analysis of the ABS data by the Institute of Public Affairs reinforces the unprecedented and unplanned scale of Australia’s immigration program:
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Red Tape In Australian Laws Is Highest On Record
5 December 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Red Tape In Australian Laws Is Highest On Record

The total number of regulatory restrictions in laws enforced by the federal government is now at a record high of 371,514. This analysis is based on RegData, a red tape measure developed by George Mason University’s world-leading regulatory economics faculty, the Mercatus Center. Chart 1: Total number of regulatory restrictiveness clauses in federal laws, 2005-2022
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Australia’s Economic Competitiveness In Continuing Decline
13 November 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Australia’s Economic Competitiveness In Continuing Decline

In the 2000s, Australia consistently ranked as one of the most competitive economies in the world. But in recent years, Australia’s economic competitiveness has fallen behind. The International Institute for Management Development (IMD) published its latest World Competitiveness Ranking in June 2023. The Ranking is a comparative assessment of 64 of the world’s major economies, published annually in the IMD’s
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Parliamentary Research Brief – The Free Speech Crisis In Australian Universities And How To Solve It
31 August 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – The Free Speech Crisis In Australian Universities And How To Solve It

University hostility to freedom of speech has more than doubled since 2016 In 2016, 67% of Australian universities enforced policies that were explicitly hostile to free speech. In 2023, that number has increased to 90%. Hostility to free speech on campus can be measured by the number and severity of conduct polices enforced by universities. The combined hostility score across
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Why Western Australia Needs Criminal Justice Reform
24 August 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Why Western Australia Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Western Australia’s criminal justice system is struggling under the weight of rising incarceration and finite resources to support its over-capacity prison system. New research by the Institute of Public Affairs has established:
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Parliamentary Research Brief – NSW Government Must Intervene Now To Save Eraring And Stop Power Price Increases
23 August 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – NSW Government Must Intervene Now To Save Eraring And Stop Power Price Increases

The increase in electricity prices in NSW and across the national electricity market (NEM) caused by the closure of Hunter Valley’s Liddell Power Station in April 2023 is a lesson the government must learn about the future of Australia’s energy market. The next coal-fired power plant scheduled to end operations, Eraring, must not be allowed to close without a like-for-like baseload
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Voice Referendum Question May be Constitutionally Invalid For Misleading And Misinforming Voters
21 August 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Voice Referendum Question May be Constitutionally Invalid For Misleading And Misinforming Voters

The Institute of Public Affairs recently received legal advice from leading Victorian barrister and constitutional law expert Mr Stuart Wood KC about the lawfulness of the proposed referendum question to insert into the Australian Constitution an ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice’. The federal government has proposed the following referendum question for voters to answer: A Proposed Law: to alter
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Unsustainable Migration Will Cause Acute Shortage Of 253,000 Homes Over The Next Five Years
7 July 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Unsustainable Migration Will Cause Acute Shortage Of 253,000 Homes Over The Next Five Years

Australians pride themselves as welcoming and tolerant, yet recognise that infrastructure and housing has not kept pace with a rapid and unsustainable expansion to the nation’s migration intake. IPA analysis of national housing and migration data reveals that, without supply fixes, Australians will experience acute housing shortages over the next five years:
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Parliamentary Research Brief – Western Australia Is Worst Affected By Crippling Worker Shortage
22 June 2023

Parliamentary Research Brief – Western Australia Is Worst Affected By Crippling Worker Shortage

Australia is currently experiencing a persistent and unprecedented, country-wide shortage of workers. Currently, Western Australia is hardest hit by worker shortages. The number of job vacancies in WA is equivalent to 10% of the WA working age population not in the labour force, close to double states such as South Australia. Chart 1: Job vacancies as a percentage of working-age
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