Submissions

Response To Tertiary Education Quality Standards – Diversity And Equity
10 December 2016

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The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn.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 Guidance Note are as follows: The prioritisation of ‘inclusive language’ and teaching ‘diversity’ above free intellectual inquiry Free intellectual inquiry and diversity of viewpoints The conflation of equivalent opportunities and
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IPA Opening Statements To The Senate Inquiry Into Criminal, Civil And Administrative Penalties For White Collar Crime
6 December 2016

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 law. Institute of Public Affairs research released this past Friday shows that there are some worrying trends in criminal justice across the country. Our prison population is booming – costing
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Submission To The Senate Economics Legislation Committee Inquiry Into The Australian Government Superannuation Imposition Bill
21 November 2016

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 that goal for low and high-income earners, middle-income Australia is poorly served. High effective tax rates on superannuation are a critical factor contributing to a retirement savings deficit for middle-income
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Submission To The Senate Environment And Communications Committee – Ensuring A Future For Australian Coal Fired Power Stations
1 November 2016

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 energy markets. When the production of economically viable electricity can also support the employment of thousands of people, particularly in regional Australia, this is a genuine win-win. The international market
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Submission On Alternative Superannuation Default Models
28 October 2016

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 of government and its regulatory authorities. The superannuation system in Australia and other countries exists as a means to enable individuals to take greater responsibility for their own lives and
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Submission To The Royal Commission Into The Protection And Detention Of Children In The Northern Territory
27 October 2016

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 be used to indict the entire youth justice system in the Territory. Underlying the problems affecting these facilities are social, economic, and cultural factors that better explain the unique aspects
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Submission To The Inquiry Into The impact Of The Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy
26 October 2016

Submission To The Inquiry Into The impact Of The Government’s Workplace Bargaining Policy

Enterprise bargaining requires negotiation from both sides. The government’s policy provides the flexibility for this to occur on the employer side. This is in stark contrast to the public sector unions’ bargaining policy, which, as the IPA understands, has objected to every single proposed APS agreement – including those agreements which have ultimately resulted in approval from employees. The IPA’s
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Submission On Exposure Draft Of Superannuation Legislation
16 September 2016

Submission On Exposure Draft Of Superannuation Legislation

Superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and the role of government. Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five Australians do not have enough savings to fully fund their retirement. Yet rather than identify new ways to encourage all Australians to put more
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Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry
8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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Submission To The Productivity Commission Draft Report Of The Regulation Of Agriculture
19 August 2016

Submission To The Productivity Commission Draft Report Of The Regulation Of Agriculture

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft’) on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry. While Australian agricultural production is expected to rise to over $60 billion for the first time this financial year, productivity and competitiveness headwinds remain.
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