Research

New IPA Video Outlines Why Environmental Lawfare Must End
16 March 2017

New IPA Video Outlines Why Environmental Lawfare Must End

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new video outlining why green lawfare by activist groups must end. The best way to do this is by repealing Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. “The use of Section 487 encourages mines to be set up overseas where coal is lower quality.
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Australian Taxation Office Vindicates IPA Research And Admits Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Relatively Modest
16 March 2017

Australian Taxation Office Vindicates IPA Research And Admits Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Relatively Modest

“Comments made today by the Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan that corporate tax avoidance is a minor issue vindicate Institute of Public Affairs research”, said Chris Berg, postdoctoral fellow at RMIT and senior fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. In comments reported by the Australian Financial Review today, Commissioner Jordan argued that while “everyone is focusing on the large multinationals
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How many US federal agencies are there?
16 March 2017

How many US federal agencies are there?

From the Wall Street Journal on the extent of the red tape problem in the United States: [President Trump] will need every bit of political skill he can muster if he wants to provide emergency relief to citizens caught in another blizzard that is emanating daily from Washington. According to a report out today from the indispensable Wayne Crews of the Competitive
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Campus Censorship Ratchets Up
16 March 2017

Campus Censorship Ratchets Up

Free intellectual inquiry is under serious threat at universities across the Anglosphere. At the very places designed to inspire a battle of diverse ideas, there are now relentless efforts to censor debate. And, as recent events in United States, United Kingdom and Australia highlight, it’s often students themselves who seek to censor opposing voices. At Middlebury College earlier this month,
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There Is A Better Home For Superannuation
16 March 2017

There Is A Better Home For Superannuation

Giving people access to their own money is an uncontroversial idea. Young people trying to enter the housing market should be granted access to their own superannuation accounts to help make it happen. One of the biggest hurdles young people have to clear in buying their first home is saving enough money for a deposit. It takes time, and with
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Why Section 487 Must Go
15 March 2017

Why Section 487 Must Go

Section 487 holds back our economy, our environment and global development. It must be repealed. The IPA’s Daniel Wild explains why:   Written by Daniel Wild and James Bolt Produced by James Bolt Directed by Saul Muscatel
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South Australian Energy Statement An Admission Of Failure
14 March 2017

South Australian Energy Statement An Admission Of Failure

Today’s energy package announcement by the South Australian Government is an admission of policy failure according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “This package is a damning indictment on 21st century South Australia,” said Brett Hogan, Director of Research. “The only reason the South Australian Government is being forced to build its own gas-fired power plant
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Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech
14 March 2017

Full Repeal of 18C Only Option To Restore Free Speech

“The only proposal the Federal Cabinet should consider is the full repeal of 18C,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. “Tinkering with the administrative processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission are mere window dressing.” “The suggestion that the debate about freedom of speech in Australia could be ‘put
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Bill Leak’s final speech
11 March 2017

Bill Leak’s final speech

Bill Leak wrote his last public speech for the launch of his new book, Trigger Warning, which he delivered at the Centre for Independent Studies in Sydney on Wednesday night. Here’s an excerpt below: Ladies and gentlemen, I know it’s International Women’s Day, so first I must apologise for not being a woman. It’s particularly regrettable that I’m not a
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The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values
10 March 2017

The Turnbull Government Doesn’t Understand That Politics Is About Values

Francis Fukuyama, Tony Blair and George Christensen all know something that Scott Morrison and the rest of Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet have not yet realised. Politics is now primarily about values – not economics. When cultural values were agreed upon between the major political parties and shared throughout the community, politicians could afford to spend much of the time discussing economics.
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