Research Papers

Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies

Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policy making. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on…

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Report – Mainstream Australians Smashed As Lockdowns Disfigure Economy

Lockdowns implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have permanently disfigured the economy, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The report,…

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Medical Capacity: An Alternative To Lockdowns

The best available domestic and international evidence suggests that lockdowns don’t work. They impose significant social, cultural, humanitarian, and economic costs while at best being of debatable efficacy in managing…

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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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Historical Temperature Records Around the Great Barrier Reef

This report by Dr J D Vlok and Dr J J Marohasy is an overview of historical temperature measurement around the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), including: sea surface temperature (SST)…

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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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