Research Papers

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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On Regulation, Productivity and Growth
9 December 2016

On Regulation, Productivity and Growth

Concern over Australia’s recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to propel long-run economic growth and prosperity. The key policy framework to achieve this, we propose here, is a classically liberal approach to economic policy that involves maintaining the rule of law, limiting government, protecting private property and
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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions
2 December 2016

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people’s lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a family. And a key part of protecting the community is incarceration. Dangerous and antisocial criminals simply must be kept in isolation so that
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Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations
1 November 2016

Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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Code Red
1 October 2016

Code Red

While the Turnbull Government recently introduced legislation to the Parliament to prohibit EBA clauses that restrict an emergency management body’s ability to manage volunteers, this change does not go far enough. Instead, the Fair Work Act must be amended so that only matters pertaining to the employer-employee relationship are permitted in EBAs. This would not restrict the ability of unions
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How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs
1 October 2016

How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project. Since the introduction of the EPBC Act in 2000, major projects have spent approximately 7,500 cumulative days, or 20 years, in court
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1 September 2016

Strangling The Goose With The Golden Egg

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system largely achieves that goal for low and high-income earners, middle-income Australia is poorly served. High effective tax rates on superannuation are a
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1 July 2016

The Role Of Entrepreneurs And Government In Australia

Coming from overseas in the 1970s, Australia looked to me like the ‘Land of Missed Opportunities’. Partial liberalisation during the Hawke-Keating era and some further reforms under Howard-Costello let Australian entrepreneurs and citizens realise much of their considerable potential: Australians became winners. Since then, we have suffered wealth-sapping political curtailments of economic freedom. After the 2016 election, overdue and urgent
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1 July 2016

Your Right To Work: The Employment Policy Of A Truly Liberal Government

At its heart, industrial relations law is about people, and their ability to earn an income, support a family and take greater responsibility for their own lives. In other words, employment is not about what we do – but who we are. Through work we build relationships that enrich us, skills which develop us, and ideas that define us. Anything
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