Rights and Freedoms

Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?
1 April 2024

Fact Check Or Stacked Deck?

Analysis of Australian fact checking organisations from 2019 to 2024 Under the federal government’s proposed Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023, social media companies can be penalised by the Australian Communications and Media Authority for failing to remove “misinformation” and “disinformation” from their platforms. It is expected that the social media companies will outsource to fact checking
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Australia Censored Episode 4:  Do Liberty And Political Rights Still Have A Role In The Digital Age?
27 March 2024

Australia Censored Episode 4: Do Liberty And Political Rights Still Have A Role In The Digital Age?

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs, talks to a tireless defender of freedom, IPA Executive Director Scott Hargreaves. John and Scott discuss the threats to free speech at home and abroad and poses the question: do classical enlightenment principles of liberty and political rights still have
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UN-believable!
25 March 2024

UN-believable!

The UN Human Rights Council has no business lecturing Australia on the subject of human rights. On 5 October this year, the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a media release in which it urged Australians to vote ‘Yes’ at the referendum on a proposed Voice to Parliament. The release said: UN human rights experts*
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Dystopian Google Gemini Shows Why Misinformation Laws Are Flawed
16 March 2024

Dystopian Google Gemini Shows Why Misinformation Laws Are Flawed

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. No matter how many revelations came to light of the rampant political bias of social media companies – the collusion with the Biden
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Support For Criminal Justice Reform Via Outback Ranch Program Welcomed
15 March 2024

Support For Criminal Justice Reform Via Outback Ranch Program Welcomed

“Momentum is building for criminal justice reform with further support for proposals to establish innovative outback ranch work programs to get troubled youths off the streets, give them skills, and get them into work,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA welcomes the initiative of the Leader of the Opposition Peter Dutton and David
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Mia Schlicht On Criminal Justice Reform Perth Live 6PR – 14 March 2024
14 March 2024

Mia Schlicht On Criminal Justice Reform Perth Live 6PR – 14 March 2024

In this interview, Research Analyst Mia Schlicht 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. Oliver Peterson: The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that WA has seen a dramatic increase
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New ABS Prison Data Reinforces Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform
14 March 2024

New ABS Prison Data Reinforces Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“The latest ABS data again shows prisons are fast approaching capacity, as violent crime continues to surge. It is clear we need to focus on who we incarcerate and how we can get more people into work and a better life,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Corrective services data released today by the Australian
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Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy
14 March 2024

Truth In Political Advertising’ A Disguise For Elites’ Attack On Free Speech And Democracy

“So-called ‘truth in political advertising’ laws are nothing more than a brazen attack on free speech, and are fundamentally designed to shut down political opposition to the agendas of the federal government and the political elite,” said John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, it has been reported that the federal government is
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Daniel Wild On The Rita Panahi Show Discussing Criminal Justice Reforms – 12 March 2024
12 March 2024

Daniel Wild On The Rita Panahi Show Discussing Criminal Justice Reforms – 12 March 2024

In this interview, Daniel Wild contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into criminal justice. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Below is a transcript of the interview. Rita Panahi: Let’s talk about something serious though. We’ve been talking about this issue on this programme just about
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Queensland Mandate Judgement A Victory For Process, Not Human Rights
7 March 2024

Queensland Mandate Judgement A Victory For Process, Not Human Rights

This article was originally published in The Spectator Australia on or about 7 March 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. The decision handed down in Queensland’s Supreme Court ruling vaccine mandates imposed on
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