Constitution

New Zealand Shows Voice To Parliament To Affect All Laws Passed
7 December 2022

New Zealand Shows Voice To Parliament To Affect All Laws Passed

“The failed New Zealand experiment with race-based co-governance demonstrates how the Voice to Parliament will be weaponised by inner-city activists to ensure race is the primary consideration of all major policy decisions,” said John Storey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. The landmark IPA legal research report published today, Voice to Parliament: An Analysis of the New Zealand
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Voice To Parliament Referendum Legislation To Usher In Orwellian Control Of Debate
1 December 2022

Voice To Parliament Referendum Legislation To Usher In Orwellian Control Of Debate

“The referendum legislation introduced into Parliament today is another attempt to silence debate on the Indigenous-only Voice to Parliament. It is further evidence that the deck is being stacked by those seeking to prevent Australians having an equal say in the debate,” said John Storey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. IPA legal analysis has established that the
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Race has No Place In the Constitution – MP’s Should Follow Nationals Lead
28 November 2022

Race has No Place In the Constitution – MP’s Should Follow Nationals Lead

“The decision by the Nationals to oppose the Voice to Parliament in the foreshadowed referendum demonstrates leadership at a time when Canberra and inner-city elites have never been more enthusiastic about dividing Australians by race,” said Morgan Begg, Director of the Legal Rights Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. The egalitarian spirit which drove Australians to vote in 1967
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IPA Poll: Australians Want Race Taken Out Of The Constitution Not Put Back In
2 September 2022

IPA Poll: Australians Want Race Taken Out Of The Constitution Not Put Back In

“A growing majority of Australians share the egalitarian belief, fundamental to the Australian way of life, that we are all equal and that race has no place in our constitution,” said Morgan Begg, the Director of the Legal Rights Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. A poll undertaken in July, by marketing research firm Dynata, asked Australians to agree
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Legislated Voice Will Divide Australians By Race
12 January 2021

Legislated Voice Will Divide Australians By Race

The federal government released on Saturday the interim report on an Indigenous Voice, through its co-design process for what an Indigenous Voice would look like and how it might operate. IPA Director of Research Daniel Wild said of the announcement: “The shared decision making model is undemocratic, illiberal, and shows that the Voice will have more than merely an advisory
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Left’s Control Of Higher Courts Under Threat
10 March 2020

Left’s Control Of Higher Courts Under Threat

The progressive reaction to calls for capital-C legal conservatives to be appointed to the High Court — that it would politicise the judiciary — is an insincere attempt to retain its power over the legal establishment. The High Court’s decision in February that indigenous Australians should be treated differently in the Constitution because of their racial identity was the most
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A Path Forward On Constitutional Recognition
14 February 2020

A Path Forward On Constitutional Recognition

This week’s decision in the High Court to invent a new category of personhood for people on the basis of their race is a devastating blow to the movement for the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians. On Tuesday the High Court handed down a decision in relation to how non-citizens who identified as Aboriginal would be treated under the Constitution,
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Race Has No Place in the Constitution
31 October 2019

Race Has No Place in the Constitution

Proposals to write a so-called Voice to Parliament into our Constitution will divide Australians along racial lines. This would be bad for our democracy and our nation. We are all equal. Today the IPA is proud to release our Race Has No Place research video, in which Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Dr Anthony Dillon, Senator James McGrath and Lorraine Finlay explain
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Fathers of Our Constitutional Inheritance
1 June 2019

Fathers of Our Constitutional Inheritance

Australia’s successful constitution is a combination of a written document and an unwritten parliamentary system based on custom and precedent imported from Britain. This series documents how that system evolved by examining ten of the most important fathers of our constitutional inheritance. Each piece succinctly explores both the life and significance of a subject, directing those interested towards further study.
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All Australians Are Equal
29 May 2019

All Australians Are Equal

“The Morrison government must not hold a referendum which would ask Australians to divide themselves by race”, said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Recent calls to amend the Constitution to enshrine an “Indigenous Voice” to Parliament have been made by a small number of large corporations, sections of the
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