Research Papers

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2017
9 December 2017

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2017

Australia’s universities are failing to protect free speech on campus. The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA)’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017 is a systematic analysis of over 165 policies and actions at Australia’s 42 universities. The Audit rates each university’s support for free speech through analysis of policies and actions that limit the diversity of ideas on campus. The
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Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super
29 November 2017

Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super

Superannuation has been a relevant public policy consideration in Australia since at least 1915, when the Income Tax Assessment Act 1915 created a taxation exemption for superannuation fund earnings. The tax treatment of superannuation funds was subject to many changes over the next several decades but it wasn’t until the mid-1970s that governments began the process of universalising superannuation. In
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Understanding Inequality In Australia
27 November 2017

Understanding Inequality In Australia

The best available evidence demonstrates that income inequality is low and declining in Australia. Suggestions to the contrary rely on highly unreliable and potentially misleading measures, such as the income share earned by the top 1% of income earners. Further, Australia has the third most equal distribution of net wealth in the developed world, the second lowest proportion of adults
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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Barriers To Prosperity: Red Tape And The Regulatory State In Australia
7 November 2017

Barriers To Prosperity: Red Tape And The Regulatory State In Australia

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth. However, this aggregate figure masks stagnant wages growth and a deterioration in the living standards of many in the Australian middle class. The central cause of this deterioration is low and declining levels of business investment, which is approaching historic lows. Overregulation and red tape are two key causes of weak
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Reigniting Australia’s Entrepreneurial Flame: Finding The Missing 275,000 Businesses
5 November 2017

Reigniting Australia’s Entrepreneurial Flame: Finding The Missing 275,000 Businesses

The Institute of Public Affairs has tracked the state of entrepreneurship in Australia since 2014. This research was developed by Dom Talimanidis, the IPA’s former Ian Mence Fellow for Entrepreneurship, and is now part of the IPA’s Cut Red Tape to Unleash Prosperity project. Talimanidis found that the rate of firm creation, a key measure of entrepreneurship, has decreased. This
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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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Decentralising The Protection Of Australian Threatened Species
23 October 2017

Decentralising The Protection Of Australian Threatened Species

With business creation and investment in Australia in precipitous decline, it is critical that all levels of Australian government undertake reforms to reduce red tape to achieve minimum best practice regulation. Environmental law in Australia has not only been expanding but also becoming more centralised. The delays that stem from this red tape create uncertainty, stymie investment, and hold back
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The Rise Of Identity Politics: An Audit Of History Teaching At Australian Universities In 2017
17 October 2017

The Rise Of Identity Politics: An Audit Of History Teaching At Australian Universities In 2017

This is a systematic review of all 746 history undergraduate courses taught in 2017 at the 35 Australian universities which offer history as a program of study. The main findings of The Rise of Identity Politics: An Audit of History Teaching at Australian Universities in 2017 reveals that history has shifted away from the study of significant historical events and
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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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