Research Papers

Victoria On The Edge – Debt Deficits And Unsustainable Growth

Since the goldrush of the 1850s and throughout the bulk of the 20th century, Victoria has been the economic and cultural centre of Australia. Victoria’s vast wealth was generated by…

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Notes For The Opening Statement Delivered To The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee today. I’d like to set out some broader economic context for the bill and its intent to alleviate the crippling…

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Hard Lessons: Reckoning The Economic, Social, And Humanitarian Costs Of Zero-Covid

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Australia imposed some of the strictest measures in the western world. The restrictions dramatically changed every aspect of society and human dynamics and engagement….

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The Crime Of Criminalising Everyday Life: The Rule Of Law Discarded In Victoria’s Covid-19 Response

The criminal law was the main instrument employed by the Victorian government to force Victorians to comply with the strictest covid-19 lockdown in the world. More than 50,000 normally law-abiding…

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International Expert Dr Jay Bhattacharya Welcomes IPA Covid Reponse Research

“The simple fact is our governments got it wrong. Contemporary warnings issued by Dr Bhattacharya, and his colleagues should have been heeded and the pain and suffering of our failed…

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IPA Research: Red And Green Tape is Strangling Australia’s Farming Future

“Each year there are more city-based bureaucrats with clipboards telling farmers what they can and can’t do, than there are actual farmers. Red and green tape is strangling Australia’s farming…

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IPA Research: Labor’s Net Zero Bill To Open Green Lawfare Floodgates – $100BN In Projects At Risk

“Labor’s net zero legislation will unleash a torrent of legal activism by green groups that risks shutting down critical natural resources projects at the time Australia is in the midst…

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IPA Report: Debt Repayments To Quadruple By 2030

“The consequences of years of reckless government spending is set to be multiplied as rapidly rising interest rates will cause an explosion to the federal government’s debt repayment obligations,” said…

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IPA Report: Net Zero To More Than Double Family Electricity Bills

“The blackouts and energy supply crisis gripping the nation have given Australians a rare glimpse into the future that awaits them as a direct result of the policy of net…

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IPA Report: Are Extreme Rainfall Events Increasing In Frequency?

Torrential rains along the east coast of Australia during February and March 2022 have been blamed on climate change. Specifically, a narrative has developed suggesting that rainfall is becoming more…

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IPA Report: The Employment Consequences Of The Early Closure Of The Eraring Power Station

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) was among the first organisations in Australia to quantify the potential employment impact of a policy of net zero emissions by 2050. In April…

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A Land Of Droughts And Flooding Rains: Forecasting Rainfall At Long Lead Times

The IPA has today released a new research paper by Senior Fellow, Dr John Abbot, highlighting the recurrent patterns of drought and flooding rains in Australia – challenging claims that…

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