Rights and Freedoms

Shattering Myths Of Federation
8 December 2021

Shattering Myths Of Federation

IPA Review – Spring 2021

A new book’s argument that Federation was driven by self-interest and the result deeply flawed is a long-overdue corrective, writes historian of Australian politics, Zachary Gorman. For 120 years the story of Australia’s Federation has been told with an overwhelmingly positive tone. While it has never truly captured the public’s imagination—as testified by the fact a national advertising campaign had
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Masked Intentions
8 December 2021

Masked Intentions

IPA Review – Spring 2021

Even in Liberal-led South Australia, COVID-19 is becoming an excuse to usher in Orwellian controls, warns journalist Paul Mitchell. Never mind that COVID-lite South Australia is currently trialling an SA government-developed facial recognition app, aimed at returning travellers who are quarantining at home. Disregard the fact this app—marketed as the “safe, sustainable and cost-effective alternative to medi-hotel quarantine” it may
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An Injection Of Truth
8 December 2021

An Injection Of Truth

IPA Review – Spring 2021

Vaccine Passports are a dangerous step towards totalitarian control that must be resisted, argues philosophy lecturer Martin Black. The Morrison Government has departed from its own stated principles that vaccination is a matter of free and informed consent, and encouraged the States to implement COVID-19 Passports. Our State governments are keen to create a society in which part of the
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Let’s Revive Our National Spirit
8 December 2021

Let’s Revive Our National Spirit

IPA Review – Spring 2021

As COVID vaccination targets are reached, there is much talk by politicians and media of freedoms being ‘returned’ to citizens. There are two problems with this type of phrase. First, freedoms belong to the people. They are not a gift from government. Second, while lockdowns, curfews and border restrictions are eased, new kinds of restrictions are being created. In Adam
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Libs Like Labor As Far As Eye Can See
2 December 2021

Libs Like Labor As Far As Eye Can See

At the beginning of every election campaign every politician proclaims “this is the most important election in our lifetime and the future of the country is at stake”. At one level that’s certainly true – elections are important, especially when governments change. But whether election outcomes are quite as significant as is sometimes made out is debatable. If Bill Shorten
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Religious Discrimination Bill: A Cure Worse Than the Disease for Australians of Faith
1 December 2021

Religious Discrimination Bill: A Cure Worse Than the Disease for Australians of Faith

The danger of the Australian government’s new religious discrimination bill is that in adding more laws on top of bad laws, Australians of faith could find it is a cure that is worse than the disease. New laws introduced into the federal parliament by the Morrison government on Thursday have been branded an attempt to secure the freedoms of Christians
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Submission to the Review Of The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018
29 November 2021

Submission to the Review Of The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018

Since 1943 the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) ha s undertaken and published research to defend and extend the principles of individual freedom, legal rights, and the rule of law in Australia. The purpose of this letter is to share with the Parliamentary Joint Committee research of the IPA into the operation of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act 2018
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Push To Change Council Name Conflates Past With The Present
29 November 2021

Push To Change Council Name Conflates Past With The Present

Moreland City Council’s decision to change its name after it discovered links to a Jamaican sugar plantation of the same name that employed slaves in the 18th century is part of a broader movement of decolonisation sweeping across the West. Proponents of decolonisation believe that racism is endemic in Western societies today, and that this racism derives from the same “white supremacism”
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Bill Too Vague To Protect Religious Freedom
24 November 2021

Bill Too Vague To Protect Religious Freedom

The Institute of Public Affairs today warned the federal government’s revised Religious Discrimination Bill will fail to address the fundamental threats to religious liberty in Australia contained in state anti-discrimination legislation. “The protections for religious speech under the revised bill are simply too vague to be an effective shield for Australians of faith,” said Morgan Begg, the director of the
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Why Scott Morrison Must Act On Free Speech
24 November 2021

Why Scott Morrison Must Act On Free Speech

Free speech is fundamental but talk is cheap. Mr Morrison, if you REALLY believe in free speech then it’s time to DO SOMETHING about it. It’s time to repeal section 18C.
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