Business

Business Bosses Hide Out In The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge
7 April 2017

Business Bosses Hide Out In The Qantas Chairman’s Lounge

Liberal Party pollster, Mark Textor recently gave a penetrating insight into the hopelessness of the policy advocacy provided by many of Australia’s business leaders. Business leaders, he said, had “deskilled” themselves when it came to communicating to the community, and had “retreated further into their bubble”. According to Textor representatives of big government, big business, and big unions “all meet
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Why Section 487 Must Go
15 March 2017

Why Section 487 Must Go

Section 487 holds back our economy, our environment and global development. It must be repealed. The IPA’s Daniel Wild explains why:   Written by Daniel Wild and James Bolt Produced by James Bolt Directed by Saul Muscatel
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Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam
8 March 2017

Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the Whitlam era of economic crisis business investment averaged 13.7% of GDP. Download the full report here
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FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities
23 February 2017

FWC Decision Means More Job Opportunities

“It is encouraging that the Fair Work Commission has moved in the right direction to make weekend work more secure,” says Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. “Penalty rates are a penalty on jobs. The higher the penalty, the higher the barriers are into employment – putting the job market further out of reach for the
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IMF Report Shows Old-Time Fiscal Religion Is Needed To Counter The New Mediocre
20 February 2017

IMF Report Shows Old-Time Fiscal Religion Is Needed To Counter The New Mediocre

The latest annual IMF Australia Consultation might have passed unnoticed but for this highly damning statement: “the new mediocre”. Perhaps they were being polite – Australia’s lacklustre fiscal performance has become the new normal or just mediocre. There is nothing new about the increasing debt and ongoing deficits we have experienced since the Rudd government panicked in 2008 and went
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IPA: Construction Costs In Melbourne Sky High
3 February 2017

IPA: Construction Costs In Melbourne Sky High

Construction and labour costs in Melbourne are among the highest in the world, second only to places like New York, according to a new research paper The Impact of the prohibitive cost of building in Victoria by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Author of the research paper, IPA Adjunct Fellow Gideon Rozner said “Construction costs
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The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria
3 February 2017

The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Australian Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. The main object of the Bill is to: “…provide an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively, for the benefit of all building industry participants and for the benefit of the
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Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses
1 February 2017

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

Workplace relations, taxation and the regulation of alcohol are only some of the costly and complex burdens facing Australian hospitality and related industries. This paper is an enquiry into one subset of these burdens, liquor licensing, which impacts businesses from supermarkets to small bars. Liquor licensing refers to state-based regulatory restrictions on the sale of alcohol on premises (e.g. bars),
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Georgina Downer: We Must Cut Corporate Tax
1 February 2017

Georgina Downer: We Must Cut Corporate Tax

The IPA’s Georgina Downer explains why we need to cut corporate tax as other nations become more competitive than Australia. Appearing on ABC News Breakfast on 1 Feb 2017.
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Social Responsibility Cuts Many Ways
18 November 2016

Social Responsibility Cuts Many Ways

The Australian Financial Review is reporting that at a Greens-organised Senate hearing today into the potential closure of Australian coal-fired power stations, Energy Australia executive Mark Collette, whose company runs one of Victoria’s four brown coal generators, said that the company had “a social responsibility to keep the plant running”. He also said that “Yallourn (the name of the power
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