Rights and Freedoms

You Don’t Need To Like Clive Palmer To Dislike His Arbitrary Treatment
27 August 2020

You Don’t Need To Like Clive Palmer To Dislike His Arbitrary Treatment

The Western Australian government’s draconian legislation passed this month to extinguish the legal rights of Clive Palmer and his flagship company, Minerology, is the kind of thing that would not be out of place in a third world autocracy.   A foundational principle of a free and just society is that the law that governs all Australians is not arbitrary, applies prospectively, that court proceedings are
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COVID19 and the Path to Pragmatic Acceptance
26 August 2020

COVID19 and the Path to Pragmatic Acceptance

In Victoria there has been a furious reaction to the casual announcement by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, that he would recall Parliament in order to seek an extension to the powers to make orders under the State of Emergency, which otherwise would be limited to six months. In our polarised society the political debate swiftly resolved into two main camps
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Young Australians Suffer One Third Of Job Losses Since Lockdown
13 August 2020

Young Australians Suffer One Third Of Job Losses Since Lockdown

Analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ July Labour Force figures has found that young Australians have disproportionately suffered as a result of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 lockdown measures. Young Australians aged 15 to 24 account for 35% of the net job losses since March despite making
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IPA Welcomes Review Into University Free Speech Code Implementation
7 August 2020

IPA Welcomes Review Into University Free Speech Code Implementation

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Dan Tehan that former Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Sally Walker will review the implementation of the of the free speech code devised by former High Court Judge Robert French AC. “The cases of Peter Ridd, Drew Pavlou and UNSW’s latest shameful actions have highlighted without
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Peter Ridd Challenge Goes To the Heart Of A Free Society
29 July 2020

Peter Ridd Challenge Goes To the Heart Of A Free Society

Peter Ridd has decided to fight last week’s decision in favour of James Cook University, and the case is of such public importance that the High Court simply must allow the appeal to be heard. The Ridd case is much more than a mere workplace relations dispute between an academic and his employer. It is even bigger than a dispute
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Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal
29 July 2020

Ridd Case: IPA Welcomes Historic High Court Appeal

The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the announcement that Dr Peter Ridd will appeal the judgement in the case of James Cook University (JCU) v Peter Ridd to the High Court of Australia. Dr Ridd is seeking to reverse the 2-1 decision of the Federal Court of Australia, which overturned the earlier decision in the Federal Circuit Court, which
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The Federal Court Delivers A Devastating Blow Against Free Speech
23 July 2020

The Federal Court Delivers A Devastating Blow Against Free Speech

The Federal Court has devastating blow against mainstream Australians, against freedom of speech and against freedom of speech on climate change by overturning the earlier decision in the Federal Circuit Court which held that Dr Peter Ridd was unlawfully dismissed by James Cook University. Alarmingly, this decision shows that contractual provisions guaranteeing intellectual freedom do not protect academics against censorship
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Vision Of Justice
18 July 2020

Vision Of Justice

‘Justice is the end [goal] of government. It is the end of civil society,’ argued James Madison, one of the Founding Fathers and the fourth president of the United States, in the Federalist No. 51. Writing in the year that the First Fleet of British ships arrived at Sydney, Madison understood that citizens need to believe in the fundamental justness of a
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Poll: Australians Say Footy Has Become Too Politically Correct
8 July 2020

Poll: Australians Say Footy Has Become Too Politically Correct

“Australians have had a gutful of their favourite past-times being dominated by the narrow obsessions of Australia’s sporting elite,” said Morgan Begg, research fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. A poll of 1,011 Australians was commissioned by the IPA and undertaken by marketing research firm Dynata between 19-23 December 2019. It asked Australians to agree
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States Of Emergency: An Analysis Of COVID-19 Petty Restrictions
30 April 2020

States Of Emergency: An Analysis Of COVID-19 Petty Restrictions

Since the World Health Organization’s declaration of the coronavirus as a pandemic-level public health event Australians have been subject to an increasingly arbitrary, inconsistent and petty public policy response. The policy response has been felt by Australians in the form of enforced social distancing and isolation measures in order to delay the spread of the virus so that the number
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