Research Papers

How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis
12 February 2024

How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis

Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented, yet persistent, worker shortages. According to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of job vacancies across the Australian economy—meaning a job position that is available for immediate filling and for which recruitment action has been taken—is currently above 388,000. Worker shortages make it difficult for entrepreneurs and investors to
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New Poll: Australia Day 2024
15 January 2024

New Poll: Australia Day 2024

This poll of 1,000 Australians was commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs. Data for this poll wascollected by marketing research firm Dynata between 27 November and 1 December 2023 androunded to the nearest whole number. Question 1 I am proud to be Australian:
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IPA Poll: Attitude To Big Business Playing Politics
22 December 2023

IPA Poll: Attitude To Big Business Playing Politics

The poll was commissioned jointly by the Institute of Public Affairs and ADVANCE and was conducted by Insightfully.  It forms part of the largest and most comprehensive post-referendum exit-survey undertaken. The poll was conducted between 12-19 October 2023 with a sample of 3,526 Australian voters with a margin of error ± 1.7% at a 95% confidence interval using a combination
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Addicted To Migration – Australia’s Falling Productivity And The Cost Of Relying On Migration For Economic Growth
11 December 2023

Addicted To Migration – Australia’s Falling Productivity And The Cost Of Relying On Migration For Economic Growth

Australia’s economic growth in 2023 was entirely due to population growth—driven by migration—and increased labour participation at the expense of productivity growth: Australia’s dependence on population growth to keep economic growth positive has been increasing consistently over the 30 years between 1990 and the last pre-pandemic financial year (2019): The trends in population and productivity have coincided with a decline
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Analysis Of Land Use By Variable Renewable Energy Production By 2050
11 December 2023

Analysis Of Land Use By Variable Renewable Energy Production By 2050

As part of the policy of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the federal government has declared its ambition for Australia to be a ‘renewable energy superpower’ and ‘renewable energy export superpower’. The purpose of this research report is to calculate the amount of Australian land that will be required to generate the energy needed for Australia to become
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The Future Of Australia –  A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians
1 December 2023

The Future Of Australia – A Survey Of The Values And Beliefs Of Young Australians

In July, the Institute of Public Affairs commissioned independent market research agency Insightfully to ask 800 Australians aged 16-25 a series of  11 questions about public policy. This report analyses their attitudes towards the role of government and what this might say about the political preferences of young Australians. Young Australians are aspirational but believe they will be worse off
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Who Teaches The Teachers? An Audit Of Teaching Degrees At Australian Universities
22 November 2023

Who Teaches The Teachers? An Audit Of Teaching Degrees At Australian Universities

Teaching as a discipline as taught at Australian universities is now dominated by the study of Critical Social Justice, also known as wokeness. Critical Social Justice assumes most human interaction in society is underpinned by oppressive power structures based on group identities, such as race and gender. These theories, now entrenched in Australian universities, were pioneered by Brazilian Marxist Paulo
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The Arbiters Of Truth – Analysis Of Fact Checking Organisations During The 2023 Voice Referendum
9 November 2023

The Arbiters Of Truth – Analysis Of Fact Checking Organisations During The 2023 Voice Referendum

The 2023 Voice to Parliament Referendum was characterised by the censorship and regulation of public debate in the name of combatting ‘misinformation’. In partnership with social media companies, ‘fact checking’ organisations assessed the ‘truth’ of claims made about the referendum proposal and sought to stop the circulation of claims found to be ‘false’ or ‘misleading’. The three fact checking organisations
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The Growth Of Red Tape – Causes And Solutions
6 November 2023

The Growth Of Red Tape – Causes And Solutions

At a time when Australia faces a broad range of economic challenges, red tape remains a significant barrier to economic recovery and opportunity. This report explores five ideas to reduce red tape which have been successfully adopted either in Australia or by governments abroad: This report also explores five ideas to reduce red tape which have not yet been implemented
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Energy Security Is National Security – A Framework For Better Energy Outcomes In Australia
1 November 2023

Energy Security Is National Security – A Framework For Better Energy Outcomes In Australia

This paper is intended to reframe the foundations of energy policy in Australia, to stimulate debate, and to guide future research (including, but not only, that under-taken by the IPA). It will describe the nature and importance of energy security and explain why it must be the pre-eminent consideration for energy and related policies, not least because energy security is
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