Western Civilisation

The Growth Of The University Bureaucracy
13 June 2024

The Growth Of The University Bureaucracy

The number of bureaucrats employed by Australia’s universities has risen sharply in recent decades, with Australia’s most prominent universities—the Group of Eight (G8)— devoting resources to non-academic staff at a collective cost of over $3 billion each year in salary costs alone. Figure 1: Growth in full-time equivalent staff at Australian universities Table 1: Number and salaries of academic and
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There Will Be Consequences
6 June 2024

There Will Be Consequences

In this article, John Roskam contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on national defence, and its role in the Australian way of life. Attack yourself and you’ll soon have no one to defend yourself 6 June was the anniversary of both D-Day, and of one of the greatest speeches ever delivered by ‘The Great Communicator’. Forty years after the Normandy
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Misinformation Laws Will Not Stop The Next Violent Attack, But Will Shield Politicians From Tough Questions
4 June 2024

Misinformation Laws Will Not Stop The Next Violent Attack, But Will Shield Politicians From Tough Questions

In this article, Director of Research Morgan Begg contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on misinformation laws and how it affects the political freedom of mainstream Australians. Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, is pushing ahead with her frivolous lawsuit against social media platform, despite a slap down by the Federal Court. This underscores the hostility of Australia’s political class
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Liberalism To The Barricades, Again
3 June 2024

Liberalism To The Barricades, Again

IPA Review – Autumn 2024

The start and finish of liberalism’s golden age is captured in books by Christopher Clark and John Gray, but Jordan Peterson’s ARC seeks to write the next chapter, argues IPA executive director Scott Hargreaves. The story of the rise and fall of liberalism—and what might come next—can be found in two recent books and also in one critical new creation,
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Lowering Ourselves To Rising
30 May 2024

Lowering Ourselves To Rising

The Institute of Public Affairs’ Dr Bella d’Abrera contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on Victoria’s economic performance. While Victorians can’t afford their bills, they’re paying for a post-modern horror show Melbourne’s CBD is a grim place, so why anyone would want to make it even grimmer is a mystery. Yet this is precisely what the artistic directors behind Rising,
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Australia’s Future With Tony Abbott – Withdraw From International Criminal Court?
27 May 2024

Australia’s Future With Tony Abbott – Withdraw From International Criminal Court?

See below for show notes: Former Prime Minister and Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Public Affairs, Tony Abbott, and the IPA’s Deputy Executive Director, Daniel Wild, discuss the Leader of the Opposition’s budget reply speech; the urgent need to dramatically reduce migration; and the disgraceful, false equivalence drawn by the International Criminal Court between Hamas and Israel. Find out
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Campus Protests Are A Free Speech Test For Universities
25 May 2024

Campus Protests Are A Free Speech Test For Universities

In this article, Brianna McKee contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into the freedom of speech on Australian university campuses, conducted as part of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The Foundations of Western Civilisation Program was established in 2011 to defend and extend Australians’ understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing
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Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Civics Education, Engagement, and Participation in Australia
24 May 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission to the Inquiry Into Civics Education, Engagement, and Participation in Australia

The purpose of this letter is to provide research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (“the Committee”) as it conducts its inquiry into civics education, engagement, and participation in Australia. In particular, the IPA seeks to respond to the following terms of reference in this submission: The terms
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Why Elon Musk Must Defeat the Australian Censors
24 May 2024

Why Elon Musk Must Defeat the Australian Censors

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on Australia’s internet censorship and misinformation laws. A high-stakes fight for free speech is currently playing out in Australia. Julie Inman Grant, the eSafety commissioner, is locked in battle with X boss Elon Musk over internet freedom. Incredibly, Inman Grant wants the power to
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We Must Resist The Urge To Censor
23 May 2024

We Must Resist The Urge To Censor

In this article, Director of Law and Policy John Storey contextualises and disseminates the IPA’s research on Australia’s internet censorship and misinformation laws. We have seen far too often how this ‘do something, anything’ mentality operates in practice. The knife attack earlier this month in Perth, in which the assailant was subsequently shot and killed by police, is the second
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