Dignity of Work

Many People Have Nothing To Celebrate On The Economic Front In 2021

One might think animal spirits had gripped the Australian economy as a flurry of better-than-expected economic figures hit the newsstands before Christmas. But Australians cannot let the political and bureaucratic…

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Letter to Treasurer

  Dear Treasurer, As you would be aware the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has long been concerned about issues of freedom of speech in Australia. The IPA strongly supports…

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Who Is Compulsory Super Benefitting: Ordinary Australians Or The Top End Of Town?

Mainstream Australians are being failed by the political class as the gap between two Australias continues to widen. This failure is exemplified by a superannuation system that siphons money to the financial…

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Hurry Up And Then Stop

Australia is not following the science. The decision to dither on the Covid-19 vaccines will not delay the economic recovery but could risk lives and undermine faith in immunisation. Last…

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Report: Australian Small And Family-Run Business In Crisis

Research released today by the Institute of Public Affairs outlines how a dramatic re-shaping to the structure of Australia’s economy has largely benefited big corporates and the financial sector, at…

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Modern Labor’s Forgotten Workers

What ACTU boss Sally McManus said about blue-collar workers at the National Press Club a few days ago doesn’t quite compare with Hillary Clinton describing Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket…

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Daniel Andrews Arrogantly Bungled Coronavirus – And Is Doing The Same To Economic Recovery

Yesterday’s Victorian budget was on-form for the Andrews’ government: it mishandled the COVID-19 pandemic and now it is mishandling the economic recovery from the deepest recession in 100 years. And the contempt for democratic norms the…

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Why The Liberals Need A Better Labor Than The One They’ve Got

It was 13 years ago last week Kevin Rudd as the then-Labor opposition leader announced ‘This sort of reckless spending must stop’. He said it at the launch of the ALP campaign…

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Will The Australian Way Of Life Be A Long-Term Coronavirus Victim?

COVID-19 has consumed the public’s attention for almost six months, but the economic crisis caused by devastating lockdowns has started to shed light on a nefarious threat to the Australian way of life.  Across a…

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Labor Would Keep Us Handcuffed To The Paris Climate Deal

Opposition legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus’s comment yesterday that Joel Fitzgibbon’s opinions on climate change represented the views of “only a handful” of people within the Labor Party is precisely…

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Small Business Workers Smashed By Lockdowns

Small business workers continue to suffer heavy job losses and the divide between the two Australias has widened, according to analysis released today by free market think tank the Institute…

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Bloated Super Sector Sucking Up Workers’ Wealth

The Morrison government has a key decision to make before the end of this financial year: does it stand with mainstream Australians who have suffered through the lockdown-induced recession, or…

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What The ACT Election Results Tell Us About Our Rulers In The Bubble

Last weekend’s ACT election results have again revealed how out of touch our nation’s capital city is with mainstream Australians. While it is tempting to write off the ACT Legislative…

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Unions’ Last Stand

This article from the Spring 2020 edition of the IPA Review is written by labour and management historian, Bradley Bowden. Many myths purport to explain union decline in Australia; myth…

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What Is Really At Risk?

This article from the Spring 2020 edition of the IPA Review is from former PM, the Hon Tony Abbott AC, drawing upon his speech to the Policy Exchange in London…

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Small Business Smashed While Big Business, Bureaucrats Ride Recovery Wave

Workers in small businesses have experienced their heaviest job losses since early April, while the gap between the public and private sector continues, according to analysis released today by free…

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You’re Only Focused On Case Numbers, Dan? Here Are The Shocking Stats Showing Why Lockdown Must End Now

On 10 October, during his daily press conference, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said, “The only numbers I’m focused on is [COVID-19] case numbers.”  We knew this already. That’s why Victoria has been…

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A Target Of Zero Cases Means Zero Jobs, Zero Freedom And Zero Hope. Here’s A Better Way

Australia needs a COVID-19 reset.   After seven hard months of social isolation, economic pain and despair about the future, the time has come to change course.  COVID-19 is not going anywhere. It never was.  …

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