Research Papers

Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce
23 February 2024

Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce

The analysis measures the number of staff and the and staffing costs of people employed within the federal regulatory bodies and agencies. Staffing numbers, or ‘average staffing levels’, is defined as the average number of employees receiving salary or wages over the financial year, with casual and part-time employees adjusted to a full-time equivalent. This information is derived from federal
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Unachievable At Any Cost
22 February 2024

Unachievable At Any Cost

To meet its 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 2020 levels, the Western Australian state government will decommission its remaining coal-fired power stations by the end of the decade. Western Australia is uniquely vulnerable to issues arising from the intermittency of renewable energy generation due to its geographical isolation and lack of network interconnectivity. In
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Illusion Of Choice: New Rules Mandate Woke Texts In Victorian Schools
19 February 2024

Illusion Of Choice: New Rules Mandate Woke Texts In Victorian Schools

Key Findings On 29 January 2024, schoolchildren in Victoria will be returning to classes, with approximately 60,000 undertaking their final year of secondary education. Most of the 60,000 year 12 students will take VCE English, and VCE English teachers will be instructing from a list of 36 texts on the 2024 VCE English text list. This analysis has been undertaken
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Australia’s Unsustainable Migration Path
18 February 2024

Australia’s Unsustainable Migration Path

On 15 February 2024, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data on the number of overseas arrivals to and departures from Australia up to and including the month of December 2023. Analysis of the new data on net permanent and long-term arrivals, as well as other existing data, identifies concerning trends in Australia’s present migration policy settings: Australia is a
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How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis
12 February 2024

How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis

Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented, yet persistent, worker shortages. According to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of job vacancies across the Australian economy—meaning a job position that is available for immediate filling and for which recruitment action has been taken—is currently above 388,000. Worker shortages make it difficult for entrepreneurs and investors to
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New Poll: Australia Day 2024
15 January 2024

New Poll: Australia Day 2024

This poll of 1,000 Australians was commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs. Data for this poll wascollected by marketing research firm Dynata between 27 November and 1 December 2023 androunded to the nearest whole number. Question 1 I am proud to be Australian:
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IPA Poll: Attitude To Big Business Playing Politics
22 December 2023

IPA Poll: Attitude To Big Business Playing Politics

The poll was commissioned jointly by the Institute of Public Affairs and ADVANCE and was conducted by Insightfully.  It forms part of the largest and most comprehensive post-referendum exit-survey undertaken. The poll was conducted between 12-19 October 2023 with a sample of 3,526 Australian voters with a margin of error ± 1.7% at a 95% confidence interval using a combination
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Addicted To Migration – Australia’s Falling Productivity And The Cost Of Relying On Migration For Economic Growth
11 December 2023

Addicted To Migration – Australia’s Falling Productivity And The Cost Of Relying On Migration For Economic Growth

Australia’s economic growth in 2023 was entirely due to population growth—driven by migration—and increased labour participation at the expense of productivity growth: Australia’s dependence on population growth to keep economic growth positive has been increasing consistently over the 30 years between 1990 and the last pre-pandemic financial year (2019): The trends in population and productivity have coincided with a decline
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Analysis Of Land Use By Variable Renewable Energy Production By 2050
11 December 2023

Analysis Of Land Use By Variable Renewable Energy Production By 2050

As part of the policy of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the federal government has declared its ambition for Australia to be a ‘renewable energy superpower’ and ‘renewable energy export superpower’. The purpose of this research report is to calculate the amount of Australian land that will be required to generate the energy needed for Australia to become
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The Future Of Australia –  A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians
1 December 2023

The Future Of Australia – A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians

In July, the Institute of Public Affairs commissioned independent market research agency Insightfully to ask 800 Australians aged 16-25 a series of  11 questions about public policy. This report analyses their attitudes towards the role of government and what this might say about the political preferences of young Australians. Young Australians are aspirational but believe they will be worse off
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