Research Papers

Australia’s Housing Shortage – International Student Intake Exacerbating Nationwide Housing Supply Shortfall
17 July 2023

Australia’s Housing Shortage – International Student Intake Exacerbating Nationwide Housing Supply Shortfall

Research by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) finds that over the six years to 2028, Australia is set to face a net housing supply shortfall of 252,800 units. A key contributor to this housing crisis is the Commonwealth Government’s inability to rein in the influx of migrants subsequent to the lifting of international borders after the COVID -19 pandemic.
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Overregulation In Western Australia’s Agricultural Sector
29 June 2023

Overregulation In Western Australia’s Agricultural Sector

Farmers and agriculturalists have long been the backbone of Western Australia’s economy, history, and way of life. Some of Australia’s earliest and most significant pioneers, such as Sidney Kidman and the McDonald brothers, were key to the establishment of WA’s successful agricultural industries. Farmers in Western Australia are not immune to the economic challenges facing the nation today. These challenges
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Undemocratic, Unfair, Complex And Divisive – An Analysis Of The Calma-Langton Report
16 June 2023

Undemocratic, Unfair, Complex And Divisive – An Analysis Of The Calma-Langton Report

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has provided little detail about how his proposed Indigenous-only Voice to Parliament will work in practice. When pressed for more detail about this proposed amendment to the Australian Constitution, the Prime Minister’s only response has been frequent, direct, and explicit references to the model developed through a Voice Co-design process (‘the Calma-Langton Model Voice’) and published
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Mass Migration Induced Housing Shortage
13 June 2023

Mass Migration Induced Housing Shortage

“Every Australian should have the opportunity to own their own home, yet the surge in demand from unplanned migration growth will make housing even less affordable for both Australians and new migrants alike,” said Daniel Wild, Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. New research released today from the IPA estimates the Federal Government’s unplanned rise in net
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Liddell The Line In The Sand
30 May 2023

Liddell The Line In The Sand

With the recent closure of Liddell Power Station, the electricity system is on a knife’s edge. It is time for energy policy makers to take stock – and focus on energy security – before it is too late. Australia can continue down the path of closing what have been reliable low-cost baseload power stations without adequate replacements being available. Or
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Australia’s Spending Crisis: Estimating The Effect Of Federal Government Spending On Household Mortgage Repayments
8 May 2023

Australia’s Spending Crisis: Estimating The Effect Of Federal Government Spending On Household Mortgage Repayments

Australian families are facing acute and immediate cost of living pressures, caused by rapidly rising inflation, energy costs, and rising mortgage repayment rates. One of the key causes of rising inflation is debt and deficit-financed government spending. This report examines the relationship between government spending, inflation, and mortgage rates, and its key findings are: In addition, government spending increased by
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Voice To Parliament Research Report Provided To The Parliamentary Joint Committee Into The Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum
1 April 2023

Voice To Parliament Research Report Provided To The Parliamentary Joint Committee Into The Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Voice Referendum

Later in 2023 Australians will be asked to make a permanent change to the nation’s Constitution. The change will insert into the Constitution an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to represent and be comprised solely of Indigenous Australians. The social, political and legal consequences of this permanent change are explored in this submission. On 23 March 2023 Prime Minister
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One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution – Video
23 March 2023

One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution – Video

This week the Institute of Public Affairs released One Voice: Racial Equality in the Australian Constitution, a new research essay exploring the potential legal, political, and social consequences of inserting the proposed Voice to Parliament in the Australian Constitution. The research essay explains how the Voice has the potential to permanently divide Australians along racial lines, could radically reshape Australia’s
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One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution
22 March 2023

One Voice: Racial Equality In The Australian Constitution

The Institute of Public Affairs was founded in 1943 as a non-profit educational research organisation with the objectives: to further the individual, social, political, and economic freedom of the Australian people; and to maintain and enhance the Australian way of life. A central strand of the IPA’s research for 80 years has been on Australia’s democratic traditions, including the egalitarian
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De-educating Australia: How The National Curriculum Is Failing Australian Children
21 March 2023

De-educating Australia: How The National Curriculum Is Failing Australian Children

The Australian education system is in crisis, and at the heart of this crisis lies the National Curriculum. The curriculum dictates what every child in Australia should know. Sadly, it is becoming increasingly apparent that it is failing to fulfil its purpose, which is to educate Australian children. Unfortunately, Version 9 of the National Curriculum, which will be implemented in
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