Submissions

IPA Research Into Anti-Vilification Protections In Victoria
2 June 2020

IPA Research Into Anti-Vilification Protections In Victoria

The Institute of Public Affairs (“the IPA”) Is committed to undertaking research to promote the human dignity of all Australians. At the heart of human dignity is individual freedom. This is why a key focus of the IPA’s research is on freedom of speech, legal rights, and the rule of law which are at the core of Australia’s liberal democratic
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Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Submission
10 April 2019

Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-Discrimination Legislation – Submission

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comments on the scope of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Review into the Framework of Religious Exemptions in Anti-discrimination legislation. It is the view of the IPA that the terms of reference and the title of the review itself prejudge the outcome, and its direction regarding freedom of speech
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Submission to the Economics Legislation Committee inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Bill 2018
24 October 2018

Submission to the Economics Legislation Committee inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Bill 2018

The IPA welcomes the opportunity to provide the attached document, Time to End GST Redistribution: 2018 Update, as a submission to the inquiry into the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Every State and Territory Gets Their Fair Share of GST) Bill 2018. The report outlines the theoretical and practical flaws in cross-jurisdictional redistribution of taxation revenue (or horizontal fiscal equalization),
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IPA submission to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure
19 October 2018

IPA submission to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure

This submission responds to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure. This submission raises concern that the proposed policy seriously threatens freedom of expression and infringes legal rights. The University of Tasmania is currently one of Australia’s highest ranked universities on freedom of speech in the IPA’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017. The University is one of few
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Submission To Inquiry Into Impediments To Business Investment
9 July 2018

Submission To Inquiry Into Impediments To Business Investment

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Impediments to Business Investment. This submission focusses on the role that public policy has played in causing a down-turn to business investment, and approaches that can be taken to reverse this trend. Australia is a land of great potential and opportunity. Yet bad
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The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing
15 June 2018

The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing is government regulation of the conditions under which someone can legally practice an occupation. The requirements can relate to education attainment, experience, personal character, residency, and payment of membership fees to professional industry bodies. In Australia, many occupations require a license to legally operate, including doctors, lawyers, electricians, hair dressers, weed controllers, and driving instructors. Occupational licensing imposes
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Inquiry into the ‘Commitment to the Senate’ issued by the Business Council of Australia
24 April 2018

Inquiry into the ‘Commitment to the Senate’ issued by the Business Council of Australia

Below is an extract from the IPAs submission to the Senate Economics References Committee This Senate Inquiry is highly questionable. It refers to an undertaking made by private companies in relation to a public policy. Decisions which companies make around remuneration, pricing, and investment are the preserve of those companies. Businesses are not communal property to be intervened with at
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Submission To The State Development, Natural Resources And Agriculture Industry Development Committee Relating To The Vegetation Management And Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018
22 March 2018

Submission To The State Development, Natural Resources And Agriculture Industry Development Committee Relating To The Vegetation Management And Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape and an erosion of property rights. This submission will refer to three major reforms included in the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 that are representative of the broader red tape problem in Australia and the failure to acknowledge private property rights. In particular, the abolition
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Inquiry Into The Future Of Work And Workers In Australia
30 January 2018

Inquiry Into The Future Of Work And Workers In Australia

Inquiry into the future of work and workers in Australia We refer to the above inquiry, and provide a submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers (the Committee) on behalf of the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). There is no doubt that technological changes present challenges for the modern workforce as it integrates advances
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A Law Unto Themselves: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology
13 November 2017

A Law Unto Themselves: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology

This is the full text of a letter from IPA Senior Fellow, Dr Jennifer Marohasy, sent to the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for Environment and Energy, on 12 November, 2017. Previous posts relating to the issues covered in this letter can be found here.   Dear Minister Re: Suspend announcement of new record hot days – Inform WMO that
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