Dignity of Work

Why You’re Stuck With Lower Wages (Unless You’re A Public Servant)
24 March 2021

Why You’re Stuck With Lower Wages (Unless You’re A Public Servant)

The past 12 months have exposed the deep and dangerous division between the two Australias, one comprised of mainstream Australians and the other comprised of the political and bureaucratic elite. But these divisions have been evident for some time, and mainstream Australians have been denied access to the dignity of work while the political class has abdicated its responsibility to ensure that all
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Lockdowns Hit Low-Income Australians Hardest
6 March 2021

Lockdowns Hit Low-Income Australians Hardest

New research released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has found that the bottom fifth of income earners saw over half a million jobs disappear because of lockdowns, while the top fifth of income earners saw jobs increase by nearly 200,000. “Low-income earners, private sector workers, and young Australians, have been disproportionately affected while public
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Interest On Australia’s Massive Debt To Cost $64 Billion Per Year By 2030
18 February 2021

Interest On Australia’s Massive Debt To Cost $64 Billion Per Year By 2030

Interest payments on Commonwealth debt could become the third-largest spending item in just 10 years, behind only health and income support for seniors, according to new research from free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The interest payment on debt could consume 7.5% of the Commonwealth Budget and cost $64.1 billion by 2030-31. “High and growing levels of
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Morrison’s 2050 U-Turn Is A Job Killer
12 February 2021

Morrison’s 2050 U-Turn Is A Job Killer

Less than two years ago, Scott Morrison won the so-called “climate change election”. His victory was due in no small part to the Coalition’s successful attacks on the ALP’s climate change policies, including Labor’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. In 2019, the Coalition labelled Labor’s targets as expensive, job-destroying, and “reckless”. In 2020, Morrison said the aim of net
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Net Zero Jobs By 2050?
10 February 2021

Net Zero Jobs By 2050?

Australian farmers will hardly sleep easy with the assurance of the President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions Michele O’Neil that ‘agriculture has more to gain from transition [to low emissions] than almost any other sector.’  Why farmers haven’t voluntary signed up to a net zero emissions target if they have more to gain than any almost any other sector is a question that O’Neil didn’t care to answer.
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Australia Versus Google
22 January 2021

Australia Versus Google

The out-going Trump administration finally woke up to a nasty little rort that the Australian government was planning on running against United States tech giants operating in Australia. On Monday, The Australian reported that US trade officials had written to the Senate and ‘respectfully requested’ that Australia abandon plans to introduce a de facto (albeit unconstitutional) tax on Facebook and Google. This
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Many People Have Nothing To Celebrate On The Economic Front In 2021
28 December 2020

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 class off scot-free for the devastation they have caused in 2020, or for their unwillingness to engage in serious reform which will underpin our future prosperity. The Australian Bureau of
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Letter to Treasurer
16 December 2020

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 freedom of the press in Australia and opposes the existence of government owned and operated media organisations. For example, in 2012 the IPA strongly opposed the recommendations of the Finkelstein
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Who Is Compulsory Super Benefitting: Ordinary Australians Or The Top End Of Town?
14 December 2020

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 sector and political class and actively prevents mainstream Australians from achieving the Australian way of life.    The legislated increase of forced super contributions from the current rate of 9.5% to 12%
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Hurry Up And Then Stop
14 December 2020

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 week the United Kingdom became the first country on the planet to approve the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine. This week rollout began. The United States is expected to do the same in
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