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Report: Australian Small And Family-Run Business In Crisis
9 December 2020

Report: Australian Small And Family-Run Business In Crisis

Research released today by the Institute of Public Affairs outlines how a dramatic re-shaping to the structure of Australia’s economy has largely benefited big corporates and the financial sector, at the expense of family-run and small businesses. The analysis, which is based on data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics, found that the share of national income accruing to family-run
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Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing
25 November 2020

Coronavirus: Shift To Virtual Courtrooms Leaves Justice System Ailing

The coronavirus restrictions passed in 2020 requiring courts to go virtual is an under-appreciated but serious threat to the traditions that have been built up over centuries to protect our freedoms and the rule of law. The first and most striking change from ordinary court process came with the announcements, beginning in March, that jury trials in all states and
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Will The Australian Way Of Life Be A Long-Term Coronavirus Victim?
13 November 2020

Will The Australian Way Of Life Be A Long-Term Coronavirus Victim?

COVID-19 has consumed the public’s attention for almost six months, but the economic crisis caused by devastating lockdowns has started to shed light on a nefarious threat to the Australian way of life.  Across a number of measures, from home ownership to employment, young Australians have seen a decline to their economic and social wellbeing in recent decades. These declines have been compounded by the government-imposed lockdowns
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Small Business Workers Smashed By Lockdowns
9 November 2020

Small Business Workers Smashed By Lockdowns

Small business workers continue to suffer heavy job losses and the divide between the two Australias has widened, according to analysis released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The analysis, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, shows that 325,500 small business workers lost their job in the first three weeks of October while 44,500
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A Warning From Australia: Boris Johnson’s Cure Is Worse Than The Disease
2 November 2020

A Warning From Australia: Boris Johnson’s Cure Is Worse Than The Disease

Victoria has become famous for using lockdowns to ‘defeat coronavirus.’ Dr Anthony Fauci mentioned Australia as a country that did “quite well”. We haven’t defeated the virus. The virus is at bay but the only thing truly defeated is Victoria and Victorians. The state last week got out of its second lockdown of the year. Just like you were told
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A Target Of Zero Cases Means Zero Jobs, Zero Freedom And Zero Hope. Here’s A Better Way
15 October 2020

A Target Of Zero Cases Means Zero Jobs, Zero Freedom And Zero Hope. Here’s A Better Way

Australia needs a COVID-19 reset.   After seven hard months of social isolation, economic pain and despair about the future, the time has come to change course.  COVID-19 is not going anywhere. It never was.   This virus cannot be eliminated; there is no vaccine.   It will not be avoided; global transmissions are surging.  What is clear is that the virus spreads faster than influenza and without a vaccine, it will kill more people than it.   
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Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters
11 September 2020

Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters

The debacle that is the response of Australia’s state governments to the coronavirus pandemic has provoked claims such as “the federation is broken” and “the PM must do something about it”. In Melbourne, at the moment, a much-discussed option (and wistful hope) is that if Daniel Andrews doesn’t resign, then somehow he’s sacked by either the state’s governor or even
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Lockdowns Hurt Small Business, Young Australians But Public Servants Flourish
10 September 2020

Lockdowns Hurt Small Business, Young Australians But Public Servants Flourish

This is not Australia’s first recession, nor will not be the last, but it is the first recession caused by deliberate actions taken by government. Creating a depression-era economy is the expert classes’ solution to managing COVID-19. Shutting down the economy and society through social distancing and travel restrictions was considered the only way to slow the spread of the
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Australia Is In A K-Shaped Recession
9 September 2020

Australia Is In A K-Shaped Recession

Australia is experiencing a ‘K-shaped’ government-induced recession from the lockdown measures. The public sector are thriving and growing on the upward arm of the ‘K’, but the private sector continues to suffer on the downward arm of the ‘K’, an analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs shows. The analysis, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics
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The WHO Has Let The Cat Out Of The Bag: COVID-19 Is Now More About Politics Than Public Health
2 September 2020

The WHO Has Let The Cat Out Of The Bag: COVID-19 Is Now More About Politics Than Public Health

The World Health Organisation’s Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last Friday that “we will not – we cannot – go back to the way things were… the pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.”  Tedros also said, “the pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers.” 
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