Parliamentary Research Briefs

Five Questions On The Size And Cost Of The Commonwealth Public Sector
19 December 2017

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 sector salary and wage bill continues to increase – and public sector wage rises are outpacing those prevailing in the private sector. A copy of the report can be read
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Why Proposed ‘Reforms’ To Consumer Leases Are Just More Red Tape
21 November 2017

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 and appliances is an industry worth an estimated $596 million. Like all financial services providers, lessors are required to abide by responsible lending practices under existing consumer credit law. There
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Australia’s Declining Economic Competitiveness
30 October 2017

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 market efficiency, which are derived from statistical analysis and survey data. Economies with a better competitiveness ranking typically have a greater productive capacity, higher business investment, and higher economic growth
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Three Reasons The Marriage Law Survey (Additional Safeguards) Act 2017 Is Bad Law
3 October 2017

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 uses vague and ambiguous language to restrict freedom of speech, it creates a blasphemy law at the federal level, and it abrogates the rule of law. While the Act has
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Four Facts about Inequality in Australia
31 August 2017

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 recent years,  wealth in Australia remains the third most evenly distributed in the developed word. The key inequality that matters for public policy is that of opportunity rather than income. A
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Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations
28 July 2017

Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations

Our new research brief is on the Four Reasons why the Referendum Council’s recommendations for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be rejected. The proposal to entrench an indigenous ‘voice to parliament’ is a radical idea. Race should not be used as a qualification for participation in democracy. The creation of a constitutional body to exclusively
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Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review
14 June 2017

Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review

In the wake of South Australia’s September 2016 blackout, the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council announced the establishment of an ‘expert panel’ chaired by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO to “develop a national reform blueprint to maintain energy security and reliability in the National Electricity Market (NEM).” Download the full research brief here
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Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax
25 May 2017

Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax

The Government announced major changes to the banking sector in the 2017-18 Budget, including: • A tax of 0.06% on the liabilities of the four major banks plus Macquarie. • Forty per cent of a banking executive’s variable remuneration must be deferred for at least four years. • The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) will be given powers to require
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3 Reasons Why Westpac is Wrong on Coal
11 May 2017

3 Reasons Why Westpac is Wrong on Coal

Westpac’s new Climate Change Action Plan limits new thermal coal lending to existing basins and to projects with an energy content of at least 6,300kCal/kg23. If adopted by all financial institutions and applied to current projects, most of Australia’s current coal-fired power generators and energy coal export mines would need to bank overseas. Rather than setting artificial benchmarks that would damage
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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority
7 April 2017

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the ACMA in Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia.   Download the full report here
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