Climate Change and Energy

Tragic, But Unprecedented? Not Yet
6 January 2020

Tragic, But Unprecedented? Not Yet

The word unprecedented is applied to almost every bad thing that happens at the moment, as though particular events could not have been predicted, and have never happened before at such a scale or intensity. This is creating so much anxiety, because it follows logically that we are living in an uncertain time: that there really is a climate emergency.
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No Data On Coral Growth Rates For 15 Years
2 January 2020

No Data On Coral Growth Rates For 15 Years

CORALS are animals, closely related to jelly fish, but they differ in having a limestone skeleton. This is hard-stuff, calcium carbonate, and it can persist in the environment and provide an indication of changes in sea level, and also the growth rates of corals, over thousands of years. Porites corals are typically used to estimate growth rates the Great Barrier
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Time To Break The Shackles
27 December 2019

Time To Break The Shackles

Western Australia has always been a fast-moving, entrepreneurial, and successful state. Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, a thriving agricultural sector, and people with go-ahead attitude, WA has much to celebrate as the 2010s draw to a close. More people than ever before are in full-time work, exports are booming, and West Australians possess a lifestyle that is the
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Cutting Red Tape Will Drive Growth
6 December 2019

Cutting Red Tape Will Drive Growth

Momentum is building for bi-partisan reform between the Western Australia state Labor government and the federal coalition government to cut red tape and boost economic growth. As reported in these pages on 27 November, the McGowen government has reached out to the federal government to establish a “one-stop shop” for environment approvals. This means that WA would be able to
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IPA Media Release – IPA Launches ‘Beige Reef’: A New Short Film By Dr Jennifer Marohasy On The Great Barrier Reef
14 November 2019

IPA Media Release – IPA Launches ‘Beige Reef’: A New Short Film By Dr Jennifer Marohasy On The Great Barrier Reef

The Institute of Public Affairs has released a new, must-watch short film by Senior Fellow Dr Jennifer Marohasy which contradicts everything you’ve heard about climate change threatening the Great Barrier Reef. In February this year, The Economist reported that “rising temperatures are killing the coral” at the Great Barrier Reef and “if this goes on too long, the reef will
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Australia Must Withdraw From Paris Agreement
8 November 2019

Australia Must Withdraw From Paris Agreement

President Trump is keeping a promise he made during the 2016 election campaign to get the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Australia must do the same. In a speech to the Lowy Institute in October, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned of the dangers of “negative” globalism; which “coercively seeks to impose a mandate from an often ill-defined
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End The Man-Made Drought. Rip Up The Murray Darling Basin Plan
6 November 2019

End The Man-Made Drought. Rip Up The Murray Darling Basin Plan

The failure of the Murray Darling Basin Plan is an example of what happens when decisions are taken out of the hands of locals and given to distant Canberra bureaucrats. By taking an extra 2000GL of water out of the agricultural sector every year since 2012 – the largest re-direction of water to the environment for any large river basin
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Government Intervention Responsible For Energy Price Hikes
16 August 2019

Government Intervention Responsible For Energy Price Hikes

A Greens-led bill to prohibit government funding of coal-fired power in Australia has been slammed as a reckless ideological tactic, which would cause significant and irreparable economic damage in a new report released today by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The IPA strongly opposes the proposed Coal-Fired Power Funding Prohibition Bill 2017 as it violates the principle
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Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable
16 August 2019

Greens Only Want To Make Power Less Affordable

A Greens-backed bill prohibiting government funding of coal-fired power in Australia would further worsen Australia’s electricity crisis. Government intervention in the energy market has seen electricity prices increase by 220 percent over the last 20 years, far outpacing inflation and wage growth. Policies that favour renewable energy at the expense of coal and gas have proceeded every major jump in
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Arvi Parbo on Politics and the Economy
2 May 2019

Arvi Parbo on Politics and the Economy

On the occasion of the passing of Sir Arvi Parbo AC (10 February 1926 – 1 May 2019), giant of the Australian business community and in particular its mining sector, we  pay tribute to Sir Arvi  and reproduce a speech of his which appeared in an IPA Review of 1989. His address included this timeless wisdom: What appears important to
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