Australian Way of Life

Refounding Democracy

Australia has always prided itself on being a frontier land. Our vast and isolated landscape gave rise to a rugged individualism and self-reliance. Our convict past fed into the image...
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The Genius Of Australia

A Canon of Australia’s greatest works of literature and arts will bring forth our best, urges IPA Review Editor Scott Hargreaves. Australia needs a Canon of our great works of…

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Pandemic’s Great Divide

The west’s ’Doers’ aren’t happy with their Covid-era treatment, and it shows in council election results Comparing the results of the local government elections between the outer western suburbs and...
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Let’s Revive Our National Spirit

As COVID vaccination targets are reached, there is much talk by politicians and media of freedoms being ‘returned’ to citizens. There are two problems with this type of phrase. First,…

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Long Game Can Turn Underdog To Premier

As a lifelong Saints fan I was struck by former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas’ recent reflection on the club now holding the unfortunate record of longest premiership drought after Melbourne’s...
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Abolition Was Exceptional

Claims that slavery built the West are not supported by evidence, and are confounded by Abolition, argues historian and IPA Adjunct Fellow, Bradley Bowden. We should hardly be surprised American…

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What’s Happening to Australia

For many Australians, Australia no longer feels like Australia. The relaxed, sunny, and optimistic attitude characteristic of the quintessential Australian has been replaced by a deep sense of pessimism, malaise,...
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Push To Change Council Name Conflates Past With The Present

Moreland City Council’s decision to change its name after it discovered links to a Jamaican sugar plantation of the same name that employed slaves in the 18th century is part of a...
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Holden’s 73rd Anniversary: Reflections on Australian Manufacturing

The post-World War II era was a golden age for Australia. Australians were united around their shared values, including democracy, egalitarianism, free speech, and the fair go—along with widespread economic...
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Still Left Speechless

Academics are fighting a rear-guard action as the push to enshrine free speech on campus gathers pace, writes IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh. An indescribable anxiety flushes through your body…

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Net-Zero Policies: Taking From The Poor And Giving To The Rich

It is too often overlooked in all the discussions about the “transition” to a net-zero emissions economy that the most consequential transition is that from democratic capitalism to feudal serfdom. This is...
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Spirit Of Mateship

‘G’day, how ya’ goin’? is how cricketer Dennis Lillee greeted Queen Elizabeth, along with an out-stretched hand, when he met with her at Buckingham Palace in 1981. Australia’s greatest fast bowler had good form in the area of breaking official…

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Defending Australian Values From Those Who Want to Tear It Down

There’s a joke that, unlike a tub of yogurt, Australia hasn’t developed any culture after 200 years in the sun. The truth is that Australia has a distinct culture. Those...
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Australia: It’s Up To You

It’s up to ordinary Australians to keep alive the great works of our culture, and it’s never been easier, writes IPA Executive General Manager Scott Hargreaves. If you care about…

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Taxpayer Funded ABC Not Beyond Public Scrutiny

On Sunday, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Chair Ita Buttrose released a blistering statement in response to New South Wales, Senator Andrew Bragg, setting up a senate inquiry to review the ABC complaints…

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Is It A Bird? Is It A Bloke?

No, it’s bi-sexual Superman! It is not an accident that Superman has become the quintessential modern hero. Behind perhaps only the crucifix and the golden arches of McDonalds, the big...
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Their ABC: No So Trusted Anymore

The ABC is in the headlines on almost a weekly basis for issues of its own making. The crises keep adding up, from the 4 Corners vendettas into Christian Porter,…

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The Climate Chicken Littles Haven’t Won. We’ve Been Here Before

Yes, I know things look bad now. Everyone from the News Corp mastheads to the Queen of England and two heirs presumptive are falling in behind ‘net zero’. Scott Morrison…

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