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Slash Red Tape To Build Sovereign Capability
23 February 2022

Slash Red Tape To Build Sovereign Capability

“Slashing red tape is mission critical to Australia’s ability to manufacture its own vital supplies, develop an advanced defence industry and drive the economic recovery from COVID-19,” said Daniel Wild, director of research at the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday in Tasmania, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is seeking to build sovereign manufacturing capability to support Australia’s economy
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Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion
31 January 2022

Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion

The feature image is the view from a drone up about 120 metres, of me floating above the front of Pixie Reef, an inshore reef just to the north of Cairns.  This reef was categorised by Terry Hughes as badly bleached, flying at about 150 metres and looking out from an airplane window. The Great Barrier Reef is vast: a
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Daniel Andrews’ Pandemic Bill: The Attack On our Democracy
15 November 2021

Daniel Andrews’ Pandemic Bill: The Attack On our Democracy

The Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 (“the Bill”) introduced by the Victorian state government into the Legislative Assembly on 26 October is a demand for power that is unprecedented in Australia’s peacetime history. The purpose of the Bill is to insert into the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 provisions which would confer additional, extraordinary, and
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure
10 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?
3 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.
27 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we’re joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80’s and 90’s, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what’s similar and what’s different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?
20 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work
6 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

This week the Government focus is finally on getting Australians back to work. But with coronavirus panic still a factor, will the public take the PM’s lead or vote with leaden feet? (1:34-21:42) Daniel Andrews has self-isolated in refusing to reopen Victorian schools, but do health risks really out-weigh social and economic impacts? (21:42-34:54) With negotiations for a trans-Tasman travel
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else
30 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else

Over three million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe App but the Australian Government has a terrible record on digital security and privacy. Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh – now Director of Research at the Adam Smith Institute in London – to discuss this plus the UK’s own experience of coronavirus as
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze
22 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze

Only if we’re free enough to adapt and allow entrepreneurs to create new businesses and institutions will the economy be dynamic enough for the high growth trajectory we need after the devastation of the lockdown. A very special episode of The Looking Forward Podcast as Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University  and host Dr Chris Berg join host Scott Hargreaves
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