coronavirus

We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy
31 March 2020

We Need Strength To Survive, Not A Shutdown Of Our Economy

Australia needs strength to survive the coronavirus, but many policies designed to manage the spread may be counterproductively weakening our social, political and economic systems.   Last week two images from Bondi shocked and appalled the nation.    The first image that caused a stir was a typically Australian scene of carefree Bondi bathers. At any other time this would be unremarkable, but when social distancing and mass
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IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 31 March 2020
31 March 2020

IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 31 March 2020

A new daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Comment on Virgin Australia, attributable to Dr Chris Berg, Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “The Morrison Government must rule out imposing an
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IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 30 March 2020
30 March 2020

IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 30 March 2020

30 March 2020 IPA COVID-19 ECONOMIC UPDATE A new daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Comment on wage subsidies, attributable to Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “Keeping people in their jobs wherever possible is the
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How Red Tape is Compounding The Coronavirus Commerce Crisis
30 March 2020

How Red Tape is Compounding The Coronavirus Commerce Crisis

Red tape is exacerbating the economic fallout brought on by the coronavirus crisis by making it more difficult for businesses to adjust to changing circumstances.   While no one could foresee the outbreak of a global pandemic, politicians and bureaucrats have willingly ignored the red tape crisis for years.   Red tape increases the likelihood of economic crises, deepens these crises when they occur, and prevents a quick economic recovery. 
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IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 27 March 2020
27 March 2020

IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 27 March 2020

A new daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Latest daily comment attributable to John Roskam, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs: “All the red tape removed and all the taxes cut by state and federal governments to get
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How Localism And Community Spirit Can See Us Through The Corona Crisis
27 March 2020

How Localism And Community Spirit Can See Us Through The Corona Crisis

Rather than more centralisation of powers with the government and bureaucrats in Canberra, a better approach to managing coronavirus would be through localism underpinned by a shared set of values. Coronavirus has demonstrated that totalitarian regimes fear the free dissemination of information more than perhaps anything else. Coronavirus spread in part because the medicos and ordinary people of Wuhan were
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Coronavirus Pain Must Be Shared Around
27 March 2020

Coronavirus Pain Must Be Shared Around

The economic and social burden of the government-imposed sanctions to manage the health crisis must be shared equally with the public sector, which so far has remained shielded from the fallout while thousands of small businesses, sole traders and tradies go to the wall. Seven modest measures to cut inefficient and wasteful government spending worth $30bn could be redirected to
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In This Peril, Remember Australia’s Success Secret
27 March 2020

In This Peril, Remember Australia’s Success Secret

Far too many people have spent their leisure time watching post-apocalyptic television shows. At the first sign of trouble they all immediately went shopping. I always imagined that having a stock of ammunition and Krugerrands would be essential for the end of days. But no. Toilet paper. Without wanting to downplay the seriousness of the medical crisis facing the world
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How The Coronavirus Response Shows We Have Lost Our Fundamental Values
26 March 2020

How The Coronavirus Response Shows We Have Lost Our Fundamental Values

Australia’s response to the coronavirus threat reveals that we have lost our fundamental values. While our nation is faced with what is arguably the most significant peacetime threat since the great depression, it is worth reflecting on how we came together to overcome that tremendous obstacle. As supermarkets witness brawls over toiletries, the Morrison government has unveiled a $189 billion
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IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 26 March 2020
26 March 2020

IPA COVID-19 Economic Update – 26 March 2020

A new daily email by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, providing the latest economic data and policy measures for journalists, commentators and IPA members. Latest daily comment attributable to Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs:  “Federal and state governments must reduce taxes and cut red tape to support jobs and economic
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