Dignity of Work

How Coronavirus Is Killing Small Business – And Threatening Our Values

The heart of the Australian way of life is under threat with small businesses fighting for survival as lockdown restrictions continue. The crisis has hastened the ongoing decline of small…

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‘Eliminating’ The Virus Is Suppressing Truth

Recent calls for an ‘elimination strategy’ to defeat the coronavirus pandemic are misguided, and may not even work. Why? Because pursuing elimination would mean longer and harder lockdowns. That would…

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11.7% The Real Unemployment Rate: IPA

Although the official unemployment rate is 7.4%, analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs estimates that the real unemployment rate, including those who have on net…

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We Need To Do Reform, Not Talk It

With the economy in recession, Prime Minister Scott Morrison should spend less time trying to be popular and attempting to be everyone’s friend and more time advocating for the policies…

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The Truth About the Accord

Journalists, economists, international observers, even businessmen have all paid homage to the Accord between the Hawke Government and the unions, judging it to be an economic saviour. But what is…

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Red Tape Holds Back Growth

The WA state government is leading the way for a post-lockdown recovery based on slashing business-crushing red tape to support small businesses. Premier McGowan’s moves to make it easier for…

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The Truth about the Accord

(Originally published in the IPA Review, December-February 1988/89. To access footnotes see also scanned copy of article, here.) Journalists, economists, international observers, even businessmen have all paid homage to the…

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Making the Case for Private Enterprise

Australia will live or die by the success of private enterprise. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 75 per cent of all jobs in Australia are created in the…

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Exposed: The True Scope Of Lockdown Unemployment

The official unemployment rate released by the ABS hides the true impact of the lockdown measures on the economy and employment. In addition to the 823 thousand unemployed, there are…

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Voice Of Small Business Is Silent On The COVID-19 Commission

Senator Michaelia Cash is the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business in the Morrison government. It’s one thing for a minister to have such a title. It’s another…

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When Everything Is Flattened

This article from the Autumn 2020 edition of the IPA Review is written by Research Fellow at the IPA,  Andrew Bushnell.  Awareness is growing that the coronavirus disease might cause…

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Poll: Unemployment The Focus Of Australians

A new nationally representative poll of 1,012 Australians commissioned by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, with data collected by Dynata between 24-26 April, 2020, asked Australians to…

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Western Lockdowns Are Killing People In The Developing World

There are a million reasons why the economy vs lives meme in relation to relaxing COVID-19 restrictions is a false dichotomy. Here’s another: Western lockdowns are killing people in the developing world.  …

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Coronavirus Pain Must Be Shared Around

The economic and social burden of the government-imposed sanctions to manage the health crisis must be shared equally with the public sector, which so far has remained shielded from the…

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Cut Red Tape To Save Jobs

“Regulations that stop Australians keeping their job and their businesses open must be scrapped,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public…

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Section 487: How Activists Use Red Tape To Stop Development And Jobs (2020 Update)

Legal activism by environmental groups has put $65 billion of investment at risk in Australia by holding major projects up in court for a cumulative total of 10,100 days (28…

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Green Activism Puts $65 Billion Of Investment At Risk

“A small group of green activists are using a special legal privilege to delay and disrupt $65 billion of investment, which is disproportionately damaging regional Australia,” said Kurt Wallace, Research…

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We’ll Not Prosper In A World Tied By Red Tape

While the wider Australian economy struggles under excessive regulatory burden and lack of ­opportunity, the Canberra swamp charges ahead as a perpetual growth machine. According to Deloitte Access Economics’s latest…

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