Rights and Freedoms

Beware The Anti-Trump Tyrants
15 January 2021

Beware The Anti-Trump Tyrants

The year recently ended revealed that the authoritarian impulse is never very far from the surface. It may lay dormant for a time but it never goes away. Here in Australia, and indeed around the world, their response to COVID-19 revealed politicians and bureaucrats eager to grasp every opportunity to take control of other people’s lives. When presented with a
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Banning Donald Trump From Twitter, Facebook Undermines Public Debate
12 January 2021

Banning Donald Trump From Twitter, Facebook Undermines Public Debate

Donald Trump has been banned from Twitter as well as Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat. This came after a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol last week, desecrating key symbols of the republic. Many are celebrating the social media bans. But, just because the companies can remove Trump does not necessarily mean they should. There is merit in discussing the
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Legislated Voice Will Divide Australians By Race
12 January 2021

Legislated Voice Will Divide Australians By Race

The federal government released on Saturday the interim report on an Indigenous Voice, through its co-design process for what an Indigenous Voice would look like and how it might operate. IPA Director of Research Daniel Wild said of the announcement: “The shared decision making model is undemocratic, illiberal, and shows that the Voice will have more than merely an advisory
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Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing
25 November 2020

Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing

The coronavirus restrictions passed in 2020 requiring courts to go virtual is an under-appreciated but serious threat to the traditions that have been built up over centuries to protect our freedoms and the rule of law. The first and most striking change from ordinary court process came with the announcements, beginning in March, that jury trials in all states and
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Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies
20 November 2020

Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies

Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policy making. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions. Public policy in Australia is often made on the run, built on shabby foundations, motivated by short term political gain, and consequently having mediocre outcomes. Policy-makers
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How Leftists Are Gaslighting Australia With Their Murdoch Madness
11 November 2020

How Leftists Are Gaslighting Australia With Their Murdoch Madness

Kevin Rudd’s claim that the Murdoch media is a “cancer on democracy” is gaslighting the Australian people. Last week a Rudd-initiated petition was submitted to the House of Representatives calling for a Royal Commission into “the strength and diversity of Australian news media”. In case anyone was in any doubt over what that meant, Rudd called the Murdoch media a “cancer on democracy” when announcing the petition
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Commonwealth Integrity Commission An Illiberal Kangaroo Court
5 November 2020

Commonwealth Integrity Commission An Illiberal Kangaroo Court

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has called on Attorney-General Christian Porter to abandon plans for the federal government’s proposed Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC). The exposure draft of the Commonwealth Integrity Commission Bill 2020 was released by Mr Porter on Monday. The draft legislation would confer significant coercive powers to the CIC to investigate and compel evidence,
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We Need To Put Corruption Watchdogs On Short Leash
30 October 2020

We Need To Put Corruption Watchdogs On Short Leash

Labor’s push for a so-called federal anti-corruption body would be an undemocratic and illiberal forum for legalised defamation to be weaponised against political opponents. The most recent call for a federal Independent Commission Against Corruption comes on the heels of last week’s revelations that the CEO of Australia Post and the chairman of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission had
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Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case
28 October 2020

Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the introduction of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 into the House of Representatives, which introduces a definition of academic freedom into legislation in line with the recommendations by former High Court Chief Justice the Hon Robert French AC. “The Federal Court decision upholding the
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The COVID Omnibus Bill Would Be The Most Significant Violation Of Human Rights In Australian History
7 October 2020

The COVID Omnibus Bill Would Be The Most Significant Violation Of Human Rights In Australian History

Victorians have been living through a period of social and political restrictions on the Australian way of life that is unprecedented in our history. Since March 2020, Victorians have been required to comply with strict stay at home orders and restrictions on public activities and gatherings. These restrictions have been issued under the State of Emergency declared under the Public Health
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