Rights and Freedoms

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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Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Youth Justice Reform Inquiry In Queensland
1 March 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Youth Justice Reform Inquiry In Queensland

This submission shares with the committee research and analysis by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) relating to the issues raised as part of the committee’s current Inquiry into Youth Justice Reform in Queensland (the inquiry). I note that the terms of reference for the inquiry are specifically relevant to new IPA research highlighting the current shortcomings of the youth
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Australia Censored Episode 3:  Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal
23 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 3: Free Speech And Civil Liberties Online With Andrew Lowenthal

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to Andrew Lowenthal. Andrew is an investigative journalist and Executive Director of liber-net, a digital civil liberties initiative. Liber-net focus is to reestablish free speech and civil liberties as the default standard for our networked age. Andrew worked on
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Australia Censored Episode 2:  Was The Voice Defeated Due To Misinformation With Professor James Allan
16 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 2: Was The Voice Defeated Due To Misinformation With Professor James Allan

In this episode of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland. Professor Allan and John discuss the 2023 Voice referendum and how the Yes campaign blamed the result on “misinformation”. Will this be used to help justify
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Australia Censored Episode 1:  Defending Free Speech With John Roskam
13 February 2024

Australia Censored Episode 1: Defending Free Speech With John Roskam

In episode one of Australia Censored, host John Storey, Director of Law and Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs talks to long time free speech campaigner John Roskam. Here they discuss the federal government’s proposed online censorship laws, how the history of these laws trace back to the former Coalition government and the failure of the centre-right to fight
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Australia Censored With John Storey: The Federal Government’s Online Censorship Bill
12 February 2024

Australia Censored With John Storey: The Federal Government’s Online Censorship Bill

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Director of Law and Policy John Storey explains how the federal government’s online censorship bill will seek to silence mainstream opinion online. Below is a transcript of the show. The federal government’s proposed online censorship laws are the most draconian attack on free speech Australians have ever faced in peacetime. What does this mean for
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Violent Offender Surge Underscores Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform
8 February 2024

Violent Offender Surge Underscores Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“New ABS data again shows that continued increases in violent crime right across the nation will not go away unless political leaders commit to wholesale criminal justice reform focused on preventing crime and keeping communities safe,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Released today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest data detailing recorded crime and
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Crime Is Up And So Is The Cost Of Jailing Criminals
6 February 2024

Crime Is Up And So Is The Cost Of Jailing Criminals

In this article, Research Analyst Mia Schlicht contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on criminal justice reform. The duty of our criminal justice system must be to ensure that the community feels safe, is safe, and criminals are effectively punished. Throughout 2023, this was not the reality for many parts of NSW, particularly Sydney, with almost daily reports of violence.
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