Research Papers

Protecting Flexibility in a Dynamic Economy
23 November 2018

Protecting Flexibility in a Dynamic Economy

A new research paper from the IPA concludes that if the Andrews government is re-elected, Victorians can expect fundamental changes to the sharing economy and the labour hire industry, that will undermine flexibility for Victorian workers and businesses. The paper by IPA Research Fellow Kurt Wallace examines current or proposed changes to the sharing economy, regulations hitting the labour hire industry,
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IPA Research Recommends New Way To Boost Confidence In The Courts
19 October 2018

IPA Research Recommends New Way To Boost Confidence In The Courts

“Australians deserve to have courts they can trust to always apply common sense standards of justice,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Giving victims the right to direct an appeal against manifestly inadequate sentences will help to restore the public’s confidence in the courts,” said Mr Bushnell. New research from the IPA’s Criminal Justice Project
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Evidence Based Policy Research Project
5 October 2018

Evidence Based Policy Research Project

The Evidence Based Policy Research Project commissioned free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, and progressive think tank Per Capita Australia, to analyse 20 public policies using the ten criteria of the Wiltshire test for good policy making. This research project was commissioned ‘to coax more evidence-based policy decisions by all tiers of Government by reviewing and rating 20
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Two Ideas Of A University – Speech By Matthew Lesh
4 October 2018

Two Ideas Of A University – Speech By Matthew Lesh

Two Ideas of a University Speech by Matthew Lesh, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, to the University Chancellors Council’s Conference on University Governance, Adelaide, Australia, 4 October 2018 Thank you very much for the invitation to address this august gathering. In particular, I pay my tribute to Peter Shergold who graciously organised this session in the spirit
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Paris Agreement To Cost Australia $52 Billion
13 August 2018

Paris Agreement To Cost Australia $52 Billion

“Following the emissions reduction requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement will impose significant and irreparable economic damage without delivering an environmental dividend,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA released a research report Why Australia must exit the Paris Climate Agreement. The report estimates that the Paris Climate
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Red Tape Strangling Small Business
25 July 2018

Red Tape Strangling Small Business

Australian small businesses are being strangled by red tape according to a new report, The decline of small business: How red tape is undermining opportunity, prosperity, and community, released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report finds that the number of Australians employed by small businesses decreased by 330,000 (-7 per cent) between
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Making Community Corrections Work
14 May 2018

Making Community Corrections Work

This paper draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Productivity Commission, and a range of studies conducted into the effectiveness of community corrections. It finds that: Community corrections is growing rapidly. The national community corrections population has grown by 18.6 percent in the last two years, and 30.2 percent since 2007. (Figure 1, Table 2) The community
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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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A Report Into Religious Liberty In Australia: Provided To The Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel
4 April 2018

A Report Into Religious Liberty In Australia: Provided To The Religious Freedom Review Expert Panel

“Religious and other beliefs and convictions are part of the humanity of every individual. They are an integral part of his personality and individuality. In a civilised society individuals respect each other’s beliefs. This enables them to live in harmony. This is one of the hallmarks of a civilised society.” Lord Nicholls Beliefs and convictions – whether religious or otherwise
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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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