Research Papers

How Red Tape Stops Business And Job Creation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal and state governments in Australia implemented social distancing rules and lockdown measures which forced many businesses to close with the effect of putting…

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Red Tape Stops 398,000 New Businesses, 894,000 Jobs, And $26 Billion In Wages

Red tape prevented up to 398,000 businesses and 894,400 jobs, paying a total of $26.3 billion in wages, from being created over the past 15 years according to new research…

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Bypassing Democracy: A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight

Questioning and challenging the policies and actions of ministers and senior bureaucrats is fundamental to parliament’s role in holding the government to account. While the Commonwealth parliament can practice oversight…

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Bypassing Democracy – A Report On The Exemption Of Delegated Legislation From Parliamentary Oversight

Questioning and challenging the policies and actions of ministers and senior bureaucrats is fundamental to parliament’s role in holding the government to account. While the Commonwealth parliament can practice oversight…

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Australians Support Shared Sacrifice

In the April edition of this newsletter I wrote about the importance of shared sacrifice between the public and private sectors, and that many in the public sector and quasi-public…

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Making the Case for Private Enterprise

Australia will live or die by the success of private enterprise. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 75 per cent of all jobs in Australia are created in the…

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States Of Emergency: An Analysis Of COVID-19 Petty Restrictions

Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic-level public health event Australians have been subject to an increasingly arbitrary, inconsistent and petty public policy response. The…

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445% Increase In Federal Enviornmental Regulation Since 2000

“The Morrison government must slash environmental red tape to boost business investment and job creation in the post-coronavirus economy,” said Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs….

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Section 487: How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs (2020 Update)

Legal activism by environmental groups has put $65 billion of investment at risk in Australia by holding major projects up in court for a cumulative total of 10,100 days (28…

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More News Is Good News

Click here to download the report. Notions such as the ‘death of journalism’, the proliferation of ‘fake news’ and the nefarious influence of ‘powerful voices in the media’ have been…

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Coalition Government Trashes Legal Rights

“The Coalition government is trashing the legal rights of all Australians, creating an unprecedented challenge to individual freedom and human dignity,” said Morgan Begg, Research Fellow with the free market…

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Skewed Priorities – Comparing The Growth Of Prison Spending With Police Spending

Over the past decade, Australia has seen an unsustainable rise in the rate and cost of incarceration. Nationally, the incarceration rate is at an all-time high of 217 per 100,000…

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