Rights and Freedoms

We Measured the State of Free Speech On University Campuses
13 October 2023

We Measured the State of Free Speech On University Campuses

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the freedom of speech on Australian university campuses, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing
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Voice To Parliament To Divide And Marginalise Regional Indigenous Communities
11 October 2023

Voice To Parliament To Divide And Marginalise Regional Indigenous Communities

“Far from being a voice for disadvantaged remote Indigenous communities, new analysis shows the proposed Voice to Parliament model is biased towards the niche values of the urban elite and activists,” said Morgan Begg, the Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. New IPA research released today, Representations Without Representation: Urban Bias in the Canberra Voice, analyses the
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Legal Analysis Of The Validity Of Marking Ticks And Crosses On Referendum Ballot Papers
6 October 2023

Legal Analysis Of The Validity Of Marking Ticks And Crosses On Referendum Ballot Papers

This analysis has been prepared following the Federal Court of Australia’s decision in Babet v Electoral Commissioner [2023] FCA 1126 handed down on 20 September 2023. The court dismissed an application brought by Senator Ralph Babet and Mr Clive Palmer (the applicants) seeking a declaration on how the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) should instruct election officials (known as returning officers)
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Tasmania Closing The Gap Without A Divisive Voice To Parliament – State By State Analysis Of Closing The Gap Outcomes
5 October 2023

Tasmania Closing The Gap Without A Divisive Voice To Parliament – State By State Analysis Of Closing The Gap Outcomes

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has said that the forthcoming referendum on whether to entrench an Indigenous Voice to Parliament and Executive Government in the Australian Constitution is about ‘listening’ to Indigenous people. But sometimes there needs to be more than just talking and listening, debating and arguing, advocacy and activism. The old Latin adage facta, non verba means deeds, not
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Canberra-Based Voice To Parliament A Threat To Tasmania’s Closing The Gap Success
5 October 2023

Canberra-Based Voice To Parliament A Threat To Tasmania’s Closing The Gap Success

“Tasmania is leading the way when it comes to real action in addressing Indigenous disadvantage, and it is being achieved without a Canberra-based Voice to Parliament being inserted into our Constitution,” said John Storey, Director of the Legal Rights Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. New research released today by the IPA ranks Australia’s states and territories on their
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Covid Inquiry Farce A Breach Of Trust With Australians
22 September 2023

Covid Inquiry Farce A Breach Of Trust With Australians

“It has become clear, since the Prime Minister’s announcement of the Covid-19 inquiry, that Australians can have no confidence in its process, its leadership, or that it will provide the answers they deserve about the mismanagement and controls imposed on them during the pandemic,” said Morgan Begg, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. On Thursday, the Prime
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New ABS Data Reveals Worrying Rise In Prisoner Numbers
21 September 2023

New ABS Data Reveals Worrying Rise In Prisoner Numbers

“The alarming growth in Australia’s prisoner numbers is a sure sign we need a wholesale change in our criminal justice approach, one built on common sense, with community protection at its core,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the number of people in prisons nationwide
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Record Numbers Arrive To Severe Lack of Housing
20 September 2023

Record Numbers Arrive To Severe Lack of Housing

In this article, Kevin You contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s housing shortage and how that affects Australia’s economic freedom and prosperity. The IPA has been dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic freedom through research and analysis since its inception in 1943. You know there is a problem when even the most
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Is The Voice’s Question Misleading?
14 September 2023

Is The Voice’s Question Misleading?

In this article, John Storey contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the Australian Constitution as part of the IPA’s analysis of the Voice to Parliament. The IPA has been researching the consequences a potential Voice to Parliament would have to the political freedom, liberty, and equality of Australians since the Uluru Statement of the Heart was
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‘Shocking’ Racist Past Simply A Reflection Of The Time
13 September 2023

‘Shocking’ Racist Past Simply A Reflection Of The Time

Our constitutional founders are on trial. Edmund Barton, Samuel Griffith and, most recently, Alfred Deakin are under the spotlight for their contribution to Australia’s racist past. Talk of removing Barton’s statue and renaming Griffith and Deakin universities; all are now in the mix. But such talk is misguided, making sacrificial lambs of long-dead politicians when the real spotlight should be
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