Parliamentary Research Briefs

Why We Must Not Appoint A Commissioner For Racial Division

This IPA Parliamentary Research Brief explains why at the expiry of the current term of the Race Discrimination Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission the federal government should leave the…

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Four Problems With GST Redistribution And How To Fix Them

Our new research brief discusses Australia’s alarming GST problem. IPA research has found that the states that are responsible for contributing the most to the GST pool – New South…

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Five Reasons Labor’s Superannuation Changes Would Damage Australia

In a speech to the Chifley Institute last week, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that the Labor Party would introduce further changes to Australia’s compulsory superannuation system.1 The key change…

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Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It

Red tape is holding back our entrepreneurs and threatening our economic prosperity, new IPA research has found. Nine of Australia’s top ten largest companies were founded before 1925; by contrast,…

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The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

Our new research brief explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to funding and disclosure provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act would threaten freedom of speech and civil society. The…

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Employment and Wages in the Western Australian Public Sector

Our latest research brief reports on the trends of the size, cost and wages of the Western Australian public service using statistical measures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and…

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Six Myths About The Business Tax Cut

Our new research brief debunks six myths surrounding the Turnbull government’s proposal to cut the company tax rate to 25 per cent from 30 per cent. Australia has a high…

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Five Questions On The Size And Cost Of The Commonwealth Public Sector

Our new research brief askes five questions on the size and cost of the Commonwealth Public Sector. Recent data shows that public sector employee numbers are declining, but the public…

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Why Proposed ‘Reforms’ To Consumer Leases Are Just More Red Tape

New research by the Institute of Public Affairs explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to consumer lease regulation would amount to unnecessary red tape. The rental of household goods…

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Australia’s Declining Economic Competitiveness

The World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Report ranks the competitiveness of 134 countries. Competitiveness is measured using 114 indicators such as macroeconomic health, the quality of infrastructure, and labour…

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Three Reasons The Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 Is Bad Law

This IPA Parliamentary Research Brief seeks to explain the problems with this law. Our research demonstrates that the Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 is bad law because it…

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Four Facts about Inequality in Australia

Our new research brief provides four facts about economic inequality in Australia. Despite the claims, income inequality in Australia is low and decreasing. While wealth inequality has increased slightly over…

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