Submissions

Submission To The Senate Select Committee On The Future Of Public Interest Journalism

It is widely agreed that a free and independent press is an essential part of a democratic order. This submission addresses itself to the implications of the words free and…

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Submission: Inquiry Into Penalty Rates

Recent IPA research shows that penalty rates were introduced in order to deter weekend work. Overtime, the justification of penalty rates has shifted to being a compensatory measure. As preferences…

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Submission: Inquiry into the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017 and the Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017

The Government’s proposed levy should be abandoned. It is a tax on all Australians which will increase the cost of buying a house and starting a business, was designed without…

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Submission To The Senate Red Tape Inquiry Into Environmental Assessments And Approvals

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth, but with little to show for it. Business investment is declining, and wages growth and new business start-ups are at record…

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Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice

Dear Committee, At the Sydney public hearings on the Select Committee on Red Tape on 24 February 2017, Senator Dastyari asked me to take on notice a “large ideological question”:…

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Submission To The Senate Economics Committee Inquiry Into The Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 [Provisions]

Policymakers shouldn’t be asking how the superannuation system can better support government spending, or more stringently punish those who seek to take care of themselves. It should be about how…

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Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity

The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the…

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IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime

Our submission is informed by the work of our ongoing criminal justice project, which is developing policy reform across the criminal justice system, from incarceration, to policing, to the criminal…

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Submission To The Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry Into The Australian Government Superannuation Imposition Bill

The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system largely achieves…

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Submission To The Senate Environment And Communications Committee – Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in…

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Submission On Alternative Superannuation Default Models

The Institute of Public Affairs believes that superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and choice, as well as the appropriate role…

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Submission To The Royal Commission Into The Protection And Detention Of Children In The Northern Territory

The central contention of this submission is that while there is rightly significant community concern about the operation of youth justice facilities in the Northern Territory, this concern should not…

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