Research Papers

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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Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It
1 March 2018

Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It

Red tape is holding back our entrepreneurs and threatening our economic prosperity, new IPA research has found. Nine of Australia’s top ten largest companies were founded before 1925; by contrast, 88 per cent of the United States’ top 500 firms did not exist fifty years ago. Newer businesses, by injecting innovative ideas and challenging outdated methods, deliver increased productivity, raise
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The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017
14 February 2018

The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017

Our new research brief explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to funding and disclosure provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act would threaten freedom of speech and civil society. The legislation is drafted extremely widely, and will potentially apply to a range of civic organisations that have no involvement in the political process other than expressing views on public policy
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Employment and Wages in the Western Australian Public Sector
14 February 2018

Employment and Wages in the Western Australian Public Sector

Our latest research brief reports on the trends of the size, cost and wages of the Western Australian public service using statistical measures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Western Australian Public Sector Commission. A copy of the PRB can be read below or downloaded here.
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Six Myths About The Business Tax Cut
5 February 2018

Six Myths About The Business Tax Cut

Our new research brief debunks six myths surrounding the Turnbull government’s proposal to cut the company tax rate to 25 per cent from 30 per cent. Australia has a high corporate tax rate compared with other nations. Reducing the tax rate will increase investment, which will increase competition, output, and, consequently, the demand for Australian workers. This will raise both
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Freedom of Speech and Political Communication in Australia
30 January 2018

Freedom of Speech and Political Communication in Australia

Freedom of speech is fundamental to a free society. Political communication is obviously an important mode of speech and accordingly, the laws and regulations that seek to restrict it are inherently concerning. Supporting candidates and political parties that share one’s values – financially or by any other means – is a form of political expression. It should be governed with
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Legal Rights Audit 2017
27 December 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2017

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2017. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2017, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014. The IPA’s 2014 report ‘The
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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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