Parliamentary Research Briefs

IPA Urges Rethink Of State Ownership Of The ABC
26 September 2018

IPA Urges Rethink Of State Ownership Of The ABC

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today called on the Morrison Government to privatise the ABC in light of allegations of editorial interference by ABC Chair Justin Milne. “This episode proves once and for all that, despite its claims otherwise, the ABC is in no way ‘independent’,” said IPA Director of Communications, Gideon Rozner. “A situation
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South Australia Should Allow Offenders in Community Service To Do Paid Work
25 July 2018

South Australia Should Allow Offenders in Community Service To Do Paid Work

“Offenders in community service in South Australia are not doing all the hours of work that they should be doing to pay back their debts to society,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “At the same time, they are missing out on the opportunity to acquire the skills and discipline that work provides, and which
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Government Should Dump The NEG
20 July 2018

Government Should Dump The NEG

“The National Energy Guarantee (NEG) will impose substantial and irreparable economic damage without delivering a discernible environmental benefit. It is not in Australia’s national interest and should not be implemented,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. An IPA research brief, distributed today to all federal parliamentarians, finds that every government
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3.55 Million Workers Will Benefit From Enterprise Tax Plan No.2
26 June 2018

3.55 Million Workers Will Benefit From Enterprise Tax Plan No.2

The Coalition’s proposed Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan No. 2) will reduce corporate taxation from 30% to 25% over 2019-2027 for all businesses.1 This builds on Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Act 2017 which reduced corporate taxation from 28.5% to 27.5% for companies under $25 million turnover in 2017-18, and from 30% to 27.5% for companies under $50
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Victorian Parliament Must Reject Andrews’ Electoral Bill
20 June 2018

Victorian Parliament Must Reject Andrews’ Electoral Bill

The Institute of Public Affairs has today urged Victorian Members of Parliament to oppose the Victorian Electoral Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, which is an undemocratic and wasteful attack on free speech, which would squeeze out minor parties and entrench the two-party system. The IPA’s Parliamentary Research Brief, authored by IPA Research Fellow, Gideon Rozner, was sent to all Members of
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Why We Must Not Appoint A Commissioner For Racial Division
22 May 2018

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 position vacant. The term of the current Race Discrimination Commissioner becomes vacant in August, 2018. Applications for the position closed on 11 May, 2018. The policy of the Institute of
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Four Problems With GST Redistribution And How To Fix Them
18 April 2018

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 Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia – have lost $87 billion to the other states and territories since its introduction, under the complex process known as “horizontal fiscal equalisation”. The Institute
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Five Reasons Labor’s Superannuation Changes Would Damage Australia
26 March 2018

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 is to abolish cash refunds for so-called excess dividend imputation credits. This means any superannuant whose tax liability is negative following the franking of dividend payments from companies would no
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Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It
1 March 2018

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, 88 per cent of the United States’ top 500 firms did not exist fifty years ago. Newer businesses, by injecting innovative ideas and challenging outdated methods, deliver increased productivity, raise
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The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
14 February 2018

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 legislation is drafted extremely widely, and will potentially apply to a range of civic organisations that have no involvement in the political process other than expressing views on public policy
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