Research Papers

The Voice To Parliament – An Analysis Of The New Zealand Experience And Australia’s History Of Judicial Activism
7 December 2022

The Voice To Parliament – An Analysis Of The New Zealand Experience And Australia’s History Of Judicial Activism

One of the key claims made in favour of changing Australia’s Commonwealth Constitution to include an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament is that it will only be an advisory body. However, the wording of the proposed constitutional change is not clear cut in respect to what the powers of the Voice will be. This constitutional uncertainty makes
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Forgetting The Past: How Post-modernist Theory Has Replaced History In Australian Universities In 2022
28 November 2022

Forgetting The Past: How Post-modernist Theory Has Replaced History In Australian Universities In 2022

History as a discipline as taught in Australian universities is no longer about a study of the past, as it has been replaced by post-modernist theory. In The Idea of History, the great English philosopher Historian RG Collingwood wrote that ‘history is for human self- knowledge. The only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The
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Australia’s Rising Cost Of Living Challenge
11 November 2022

Australia’s Rising Cost Of Living Challenge

Australia is rapidly entering a new economic era of high inflation, high and rising interest rates, intense cost of living pressures, and heavily constrained government budgets ladened with high and growing debt levels. Cost of living pressures, associated with economy-wide inflation, and within certain critical sectors such as energy, transport, and food, are likely to continue rising. Inflationary pressures, combined
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Make Them Pay: Proposed Sentencing Reforms For Fraud Offences
11 November 2022

Make Them Pay: Proposed Sentencing Reforms For Fraud Offences

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Australia’s Emerging Incarceration Crisis: Proposed Reforms Of The Australian Sentencing System
11 November 2022

Australia’s Emerging Incarceration Crisis: Proposed Reforms Of The Australian Sentencing System

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has taken a lead role in providing empirically-grounded reform proposals for the criminal justice system, with a strong focus on reducing incarceration numbers. The report released in 2017, titled Australia’s Criminal Justice Costs: An International Comparison noted that ‘despite spending more than most countries [on prisons] and more and more each year, our results
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Victoria On The Edge – Debt Deficits And Unsustainable Growth
6 October 2022

Victoria On The Edge – Debt Deficits And Unsustainable Growth

Since the goldrush of the 1850s and throughout the bulk of the 20th century, Victoria has been the economic and cultural centre of Australia. Victoria’s vast wealth was generated by an abundance of natural resources, agriculture and the ability for manufacturers to access affordable and reliable energy from the Latrobe Valley. The recession of the early 1990s was followed by
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Notes For The Opening Statement Delivered To The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee
28 September 2022

Notes For The Opening Statement Delivered To The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee today. I’d like to set out some broader economic context for the bill and its intent to alleviate the crippling worker shortage facing our nation. Forthcoming research by the Institute of Public Affairs has established the significant economic challenges facing Australia, which this bill seeks to alleviate. New private sector
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Hard Lessons: Reckoning The Economic, Social, And Humanitarian Costs Of Zero-Covid
21 September 2022

Hard Lessons: Reckoning The Economic, Social, And Humanitarian Costs Of Zero-Covid

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Australia imposed some of the strictest measures in the western world. The restrictions dramatically changed every aspect of society and human dynamics and engagement. This resulted in the fracturing of social cohesion and reduction in nearly every indicia of human flourishing. This report evaluates the harm caused as a direct result of covid-19 restrictions,
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The Crime Of Criminalising Everyday Life: The Rule Of Law Discarded In Victoria’s Covid-19 Response
21 September 2022

The Crime Of Criminalising Everyday Life: The Rule Of Law Discarded In Victoria’s Covid-19 Response

The criminal law was the main instrument employed by the Victorian government to force Victorians to comply with the strictest covid-19 lockdown in the world. More than 50,000 normally law-abiding Victorians were subjected to criminal sanctions for breaches of covid-19 restrictions. The criminal law is society’s harshest form of condemnation and strongest instrument of coercion. It must only be used
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International Expert Dr Jay Bhattacharya Welcomes IPA Covid Reponse Research
21 September 2022

International Expert Dr Jay Bhattacharya Welcomes IPA Covid Reponse Research

“The simple fact is our governments got it wrong. Contemporary warnings issued by Dr Bhattacharya, and his colleagues should have been heeded and the pain and suffering of our failed COVID response avoided,” said Scott Hargreaves, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. At today’s launch of the IPA’s two ground-breaking research papers on the impact of Australia’s failed
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