Submissions

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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Submission To The Senate Select Committee On The Future Of Public Interest Journalism
21 August 2017

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 independent. Government Intervention in the market for journalism risks undermining the reason we value publicly interested journalism in the first place – its role in providing a check on government
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Submission: Inquiry Into Penalty Rates
18 July 2017

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 and circumstances have changed over time, the need for additional compensation for weekend and public holiday work has also changed. On this basis, the recent decision of the Fair Work
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Submission: Inquiry into the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017 and the Treasury Laws Amendment (Major Bank Levy) Bill 2017
16 June 2017

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 consultation, and is predicated on highly illiberal grounds. The IPA’s Daniel Wild suggests in a submission to the Inquiry into the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017 and the Treasury Laws
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Submission To The Senate Red Tape Inquiry Into Environmental Assessments And Approvals
8 June 2017

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 lows, while public debt and underemployment are at record highs. Red tape is the central factor contributing to this economic malaise. The IPA calculated that red tape reduces Australia’s economic
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Chris Berg’s Response To Question On Notice
24 February 2017

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”: “do we want socialism in one country or perpetual revolution?” I am glad to supply an answer to this question. Download the full response here
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Submission To The Senate Economics Committee Inquiry Into The Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 [Provisions]
22 December 2016

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 our society can encourage more people to take responsibility for their own lives, maximize every Australian’s retirement income and reduce the cost of welfare. Once the principle has been established
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