Rights and Freedoms

Leaving Us Hungry
8 March 2018

Leaving Us Hungry

Food, nutrition and human behaviour are far too complex to be regulated with a star rating system Mandatory food labelling is a bureaucrat’s dream and a consumer’s nightmare. Just take the commonwealth government’s health star rating system for example. It’s so bad that Coles beer batter steakhouse chips receive a four-star rating (out of five). Coles execs must have a
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Malcolm Turnbull’s Sex Ban Signals All The Wrong Virtues
23 February 2018

Malcolm Turnbull’s Sex Ban Signals All The Wrong Virtues

Before Malcolm Turnbull prohibited his ministers from having sexual relations with their staff, there’s a few dozen things he should have banned first. For example, he could have banned ministers wasting taxpayers’ money. That way we wouldn’t be spending $50 billion on submarines that won’t be operational for 30 years. Or he could have banned ministers breaking their election promises by introducing
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Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers
8 January 2018

Alcohol Tax Hurts Us All — Not Just Boozers

Australians are expected to lose a record $404 billion in taxes in 2017-18. Yet this is not enough for some. Under plans submitted to the Turnbull government by anti-alcohol lobbyists, Australian drinkers would be hit with a $29 billion tax slug over a 10-year period. The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) has proposed a raft of tax hikes
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Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority
3 January 2018

Public Safety Must Always Be The Priority

Under pressure, Victoria Police have now finally admitted that gangs of young people from African backgrounds are causing fear and havoc in Melbourne’s streets. But despite that, Victoria’s police chief seems to think arresting people is somehow unfair. Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton appears to spend more time fretting about the “human rights” of juvenile rioters than he does about
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Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017
19 December 2017

Our Work on Criminal Justice in 2017

Andrew Bushnell explains the impact our work on criminal justice has had in 2017.
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Dan’s Ban On Plastic Bags Doesn’t Carry Any Weight
1 November 2017

Dan’s Ban On Plastic Bags Doesn’t Carry Any Weight

When Woolworths and Coles announced in July that they were phasing out the use of plastic shopping bags, it was only a matter of time before our politicians got in on the act. So it was no surprise when the Andrews Government announced a statewide ban on so-called “single use” plastic bags. Sadly, the State Opposition is supporting the ban. In fact, their
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Equal Justice At Risk If Judges Consider Aboriginality In Sentencing
22 September 2017

Equal Justice At Risk If Judges Consider Aboriginality In Sentencing

During the past 10 years, incarceration in Australia has risen 40 per cent. A third of this is the result of more Indigenous Australians being jailed. Indigenous Australians are now jailed at a rate more than 12 times that of non-Indigenous Australians. The Australian Law Reform Commission is conducting an inquiry into this disproportionate rate of incarceration and how the criminal justice
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Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

This paper provides an overview of national statistics pertaining to the high level of incarceration of Indigenous Australians and the socioeconomic background to that phenomenon. The paper goes on to consider how to address this issues by applying the traditional criminal justice principles of equal justice, personal responsibility, and fair punishment. National averages are useful for identifying broad trends. However,
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IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System
15 September 2017

IPA Report – Indigenous Australians And The Criminal Justice System

A new report released today by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs: Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system, examines the very high rate of incarceration among Indigenous Australians. The report makes an original contribution through a renewed focus on core principles of justice and corrections, while being mindful of Indigenous disadvantage. It finds that despite decades
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Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste
24 November 2016

Sugar Tax Leaves A Bitter Taste

The Grattan Institute’s report demanding a new sugar tax on soft drinks is a blatant insult to the Australian people. Grattan, founded by the Rudd government, prides itself on “evidence-based” policy. Its latest work, which follows Greens policy, smacks of anything but. Sugar taxes do not work. Research has found they fail to reduce obesity and have a regressive impact
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