Research Papers

Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States
28 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform – Lessons From The United States

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with reforms being implemented in many cases with Republican leadership. • The principles of successful criminal justice reform: » Community safety is paramount, and
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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority
7 April 2017

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the ACMA in Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia.   Download the full report here
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Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam
8 March 2017

Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the Whitlam era of economic crisis business investment averaged 13.7% of GDP. Download the full report here
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Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

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 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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5 Reasons To Abolish The RET
10 February 2017

5 Reasons To Abolish The RET

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity – 24 per cent – be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly retailers, are required to purchase a certain amount of wholesale energy from renewable sources. Because renewables are typically costlier and less efficient than non-renewables, the RET causes energy prices to
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The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria
3 February 2017

The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Australian Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. The main object of the Bill is to: “…provide an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively, for the benefit of all building industry participants and for the benefit of the
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Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses
1 February 2017

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

Workplace relations, taxation and the regulation of alcohol are only some of the costly and complex burdens facing Australian hospitality and related industries. This paper is an enquiry into one subset of these burdens, liquor licensing, which impacts businesses from supermarkets to small bars. Liquor licensing refers to state-based regulatory restrictions on the sale of alcohol on premises (e.g. bars),
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Stop This Greed
30 January 2017

Stop This Greed

This paper is a critique of the political claims which have accompanied the debate about multinational tax avoidance, both at the OECD and within Australia. The movement within Australia provides an example of domestic policymakers adapting arguments pushed by international bodies to fit local political agendas. Australia provides a useful example for two reasons. First, Australia’s leaders used its presidency
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The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones
15 December 2016

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cut red tape on drones by removing burdensome license requirements for low-risk operations and carving out an exclusion category for drones on private property. While
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The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C
9 December 2016

The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C

Below is an excerpt from the foreword of this report by John Roskam. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War – a war fought to defend human freedom – the Institute of Public Affairs was founded. Enshrined in the Constitution of the Institute of Public Affairs is the objective to ‘further the individual, social, political and economic
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