Rights and Freedoms

Reflections On The 2022 Election

The 2022 federal election ended eight and a half years of what was, in general, a mediocre Coalition government. I say ‘in general’ because the two years of Tony Abbott’s…

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Telling The Truth

‘When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.’ That’s one of my favourite…

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Elon Musk Giveth, And Elon Musk Taketh Away

Back in the lockdown days, around the time I started fiddling around with cryptocurrency, Elon Musk was hailed as a hero among blockchain enthusiasts when he announced that Tesla had…

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Dutton Plays The Culture Card

Even Dutton’s own side warn him off “populist” issues. But there is not much doubt that education trumps climate with outer suburban mums. For the first three-quarters of Peter Dutton’s…

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Remember The Victims of Communism

The seventh of November each year has been designated ‘Victims of Communism Day’ in the US state of Florida through State legislation sponsored by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. This is…

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Looking Beneath The Veneer Of Victoria’s Economy

Many are starting to realise that Victoria’s economy is a house of cards built on a foundation of printed money; the question is, for how much longer can this be…

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IPA Welcomes Andrew Leigh’s Sentencing Reforms

“Andrew Leigh is completely right to say that Australia’s incarceration rate is far too high, and that reducing it can deliver significant community wide benefits without compromising community safety,” said…

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We’re Not Fighting A Fair Fight On The Voice To Parliament After Uneven Budget Funding For The ‘Yes’ Vote

If you seek to ensure not all Australians get an equal say in the debate about an enshrined voice, then don’t be surprised when millions of them cry foul about…

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IPA Poll: Australians Believe Politics Is Out Of Bounds On the Sporting Field

“Sport is a defining component of the Australian way of life, where we all can play and cheer together, and the message from mainstream Australians is clear: play the ball…

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Voice To Parliament Referendum Must Be Free And Fair For Everyone

“The revelation the Albanese Government hid special financial support for the ‘yes’ campaign for the Voice to Parliament in the Budget is further evidence that the deck is being stacked…

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Wong Can Deride Morrison’s ‘Diplomatic Insensitivity’ All She Wants But It Is Labor Who Has Endangered Our Vital Relationship With Israel

Wong has ironically tried to paint the former PM as diplomatically insensitive over West Jerusalem, despite the fact it is her government’s new policy on the issue that has plunged…

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A Wake-up Call For Economic Liberals

It’s foolish to claim the destruction of Liz Truss is the best thing to happen to free market economics in decades. But it shows what happens when the argument for…

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Tyranny’s Higher Education Production Line

Reflecting on Jacinda Ardern’s recent attack on free speech at the United Nations, British pundit Brendan O’Neill astutely declared that ‘tyranny has had a makeover’. O’Neill warns us that we…

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Submission To The Joint Select Committee On National Anti-corruption Commission Legislation

Dear Secretary, Since 1943 the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has undertaken and published research to defend and extend the values of individual freedom, legal rights, and the rule of…

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Draft Terms Of Reference For A Royal Commission Into The Covid-19 Response

Letters Patent are a legal instrument issued by the King granting an office, title, or status to a person. The Institute of Public Affairs has drafted this Letters Patent that…

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Unfair Dinkum History

How massacres and Marxism invaded the national curriculum It has not taken long for Prime Minister Albanese to weigh into the culture wars, even though the lefty progressive types insist…

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Thorburn’s Cancelling Shows Politics Is Now Football’s Main Game

The AFL prides itself on being a cultural and workplace leader – and unfortunately it is. What the AFL does today is what the government and society will do tomorrow….

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Australians Would Do Well To Recognise The Iranian Women Fighting Against Real Tyranny In A Futile Battle For Equality

Looking at the mass protests against gender oppression that have broken out across Iran in recent weeks should help us appreciate the life we have in a country with a…

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