Australian culture

Mass Migration Has Failed To Solve Worker Shortage Crisis
6 June 2024

Mass Migration Has Failed To Solve Worker Shortage Crisis

This research note has been prepared to assess the impact of the Australia’s migration programme on the level of job vacancies in the national economy. Chart 1: Overseas permanent and long-term arrivals vs net decline in job vacancies, March 2023 to March 2024 Source: IPA; ABS; Jobs and Skills Australia
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Australia’s Declining Standard Of Living
11 May 2024

Australia’s Declining Standard Of Living

GDP per capita is a better measure of living standards than headline GDP, because the effects of population are accounted for. For the first time since the 1980s, Australia’s per capita growth has declined for four consecutive quarters (under -0.1 per cent in the March 2023 quarter; -0.2 per cent in the June 2023 quarter, -0.5 per cent in the
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Growing Welfare Dependency Requires Honest Debate And Urgent Action
8 April 2024

Growing Welfare Dependency Requires Honest Debate And Urgent Action

“The rapid growth of welfare dependency, often concentrated in certain geographic sections of the community post-Covid, is an urgent wake-up call for our political leaders that the Australian culture of hard work is at risk,” said Daniel Wild, Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs Today, the IPA released new research which analyses the growth in the proportion
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The Growth And Distribution Of Welfare In Australia
8 April 2024

The Growth And Distribution Of Welfare In Australia

Table 1: Percentage of total population on welfare—including NDIS, DSP, Jobseeker, or Youth Allowance (does not include age pension)
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Age Pensioners Key To Solving Australia’s Labour Crunch
3 August 2022

Age Pensioners Key To Solving Australia’s Labour Crunch

Featured Image Credit: Dean Alston/The West Australian I used to work at a community newspaper where I met some pretty interesting characters. One of the particularly eccentric ones among a group of older workers who came in to fold newspapers on distribution day used to pack up her things at strange times long before her colleagues. She was a pensioner and,
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Celebrating The Secret Ballot 166 Years On
19 March 2022

Celebrating The Secret Ballot 166 Years On

On March 19, Australians come together to celebrate what may be one of the least appreciated aspects of our democracy. That is, our ability to vote privately inside a polling station without having someone watch over our shoulders. It was this day, 166 years ago in 1856, that the Victorian Parliament first legislated what has come to be known as
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Australian Notes
24 February 2022

Australian Notes

Why on earth are we stopping people who want to work from working? I used to work at a community newspaper where I met some pretty interesting characters. One of the particularly eccentric ones, among a group of older workers who came in to fold newspapers on distribution day, used to pack up her things at odd times long before
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115 years of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club
21 February 2022

115 years of the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club

On this day 115 years ago, the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club was established, arguably making it the first organisation of its kind in the world. The 23 blokes who selflessly came together to set up an association that would rescue distressed swimmers on February 21, 1907 was a defining moment in our national story. We have been a
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Australia’s National Identity Deserves To Be Preserved
21 December 2021

Australia’s National Identity Deserves To Be Preserved

Nation-states not only have a distinct way of life, they typically do all they can to preserve it. Without it, the state’s political and cultural survival would be at risk. The distinct way of life is what’s represented in the state’s corporate branding. This includes its emblem, the lyrics of its anthem, the design of its flag, its official language,
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Defending Australian Values From Those Who Want to Tear It Down
18 November 2021

Defending Australian Values From Those Who Want to Tear It Down

There’s a joke that, unlike a tub of yogurt, Australia hasn’t developed any culture after 200 years in the sun. The truth is that Australia has a distinct culture. Those who make such jokes just don’t like it. It’s part of our national character as Australians to not take ourselves too seriously, but this poses a dilemma when we’re confronted
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