Rights and Freedoms

The Cost Of Australia’s Prisons In 2024
14 June 2024

The Cost Of Australia’s Prisons In 2024

The role of prisons The fundamental aims of the criminal justice system must be ensuring protection of the community and retribution of those who have broken the law. Whilst prisons play an important role in upholding these aims, Australia’s current overreliance on prison as the main form of punishment is expensive and excessive. It is vital that violent and dangerous
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Criminal Justice Reform Needed To Refocus Resources Into Better Community Safer Outcomes
14 June 2024

Criminal Justice Reform Needed To Refocus Resources Into Better Community Safer Outcomes

“As violent crime increases across Australia, wholesale criminal justice reform is required to ensure resources can be directed to prevent crime and ensure those who pose an ongoing safety risk to the community are locked up for longer, with alternative punishment implemented for non-violent offenders,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released
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Daniel Wild On Criminal Justice Reform WIN News Wagga Wagga – 7 June 2024
7 June 2024

Daniel Wild On Criminal Justice Reform WIN News Wagga Wagga – 7 June 2024

In this interview, Deputy Executive Director Daniel Wild discusses the need for criminal justice reform and better sentencing options. All media appearances posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research Below is a transcript of the interview. News Presenter: New research has revealed New South Wales taxpayers are shelling out around $746
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Incarceration Spike Reinforces Urgent Need For Reform
6 June 2024

Incarceration Spike Reinforces Urgent Need For Reform

“Australia’s incarceration rate has spiked to its highest level since 2021 as political leaders continue to ignore the cost of poorly targeted incarceration and the need for reform,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Corrective services data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the number of prisoners across Australia has increased from
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There Will Be Consequences
6 June 2024

There Will Be Consequences

In this article, John Roskam contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on national defence, and its role in the Australian way of life. Attack yourself and you’ll soon have no one to defend yourself 6 June was the anniversary of both D-Day, and of one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by ‘The Great Communicator’. Forty years after the Normandy
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Misinformation Laws Will Not Stop The Next Violent Attack, But Will Shield Politicians From Tough Questions
4 June 2024

Misinformation Laws Will Not Stop The Next Violent Attack, But Will Shield Politicians From Tough Questions

In this article, Director of Research Morgan Begg contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, is pushing ahead with her frivolous lawsuit against social media platform, despite a slap down by the Federal Court. This underscores the hostility of Australia’s political class
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Missions In Malawi
3 June 2024

Missions In Malawi

IPA Review – Autumn 2024

A new book about Malawi, its people and their onetime dictator, Hastings Kamuzu Banda, is at heart a classical tragedy, writes IPA Communications Manager Michael Barrett. Much like the opera house in Manaus, Brazil, a Renaissance Revival masterpiece in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, Malawi’s Kamuzu Academy is a most improbable building. Established in 1981 to educate the African
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Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Community Safety in Regional and Rural Communities
29 May 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Community Safety in Regional and Rural Communities

This submission shares with the Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety research and analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) relating to the issues raised as part of the Inquiry into Community Safety in Regional and Rural Communities (the inquiry). The inquiry terms of reference are relevant to new IPA research highlighting the shortcomings of the criminal justice
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Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Civics Education, Engagement, and Participation in Australia
24 May 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Civics Education, Engagement, and Participation in Australia

The purpose of this letter is to provide research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (“the Committee”) as it conducts its inquiry into civics education, engagement, and participation in Australia. In particular, the IPA seeks to respond to the following terms of reference in this submission: The terms
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Why Elon Musk Must Defeat the Australian Censors
24 May 2024

Why Elon Musk Must Defeat the Australian Censors

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on Australia’s internet censorship and misinformation laws. A high-stakes fight for free speech is currently playing out in Australia. Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety commissioner, is locked in battle with X boss Elon Musk over internet freedom. Incredibly, Inman Grant wants the power to
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