coronavirus

No Excuse For Shutting Parliament In The Digital Age
20 July 2020

No Excuse For Shutting Parliament In The Digital Age

There has never been a time since the end of World War II when it has been more important to scrutinise government and hold politicians to account. There are monumental issues for the federal Parliament to debate. The future of JobKeeper, suppression v elimination strategies for COVID-19, and the billions of dollars that are flying out of Treasury at the
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How Coronavirus Is Killing Small Business – And Threatening Our Values
17 July 2020

How Coronavirus Is Killing Small Business – And Threatening Our Values

The heart of the Australian way of life is under threat with small businesses fighting for survival as lockdown restrictions continue. The crisis has hastened the ongoing decline of small business that functions as the fabric that holds local communities together.  A survey commissioned by the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia revealed a third of sole traders have
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‘Eliminating’ The Virus Is Suppressing Truth
17 July 2020

‘Eliminating’ The Virus Is Suppressing Truth

Recent calls for an ‘elimination strategy’ to defeat the coronavirus pandemic are misguided, and may not even work. Why? Because pursuing elimination would mean longer and harder lockdowns. That would mean more jobs lost, more businesses shuttered for good, more livelihoods destroyed, more families plunged into poverty, more lives ruined forever. And even with that, there would be no guarantee
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11.7% The Real Unemployment Rate: IPA
16 July 2020

11.7% The Real Unemployment Rate: IPA

Although the official unemployment rate is 7.4%, analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs estimates that the real unemployment rate, including those who have on net left the labour force since March and those who are employed but working zero hours for economic reasons, is 11.7%. “Australia’s tragic unemployment crisis continues with 815,000 jobs being destroyed
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Déjà Vu In Dan Andrewstan
8 July 2020

Déjà Vu In Dan Andrewstan

“For those of us who are old enough to remember it is starting to feel like 1990 has come again,” James Campbell, the National Political Editor of the Herald Sun, wrote this week regarding the state of affairs in Victoria.  The re-introduction of Stage 3 lockdowns in Victoria should be of concern to all Australians. Not only has the Victorian Labor government completely
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“Around 1.6 Million Businesses Have Seen Their Revenue Decline”
24 June 2020

“Around 1.6 Million Businesses Have Seen Their Revenue Decline”

A 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. Daily IPA comment attributable to Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “The figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today provide more evidence of the devastating impact of
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“The Victorian Government Has Severely Damaged Its Credibility”
22 June 2020

“The Victorian Government Has Severely Damaged Its Credibility”

A 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. Daily IPA comment attributable to Kurt Wallace, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “The Victorian government’s decision to strengthen restrictions and delay reopening will severely hamper Australia’s economic recovery and see
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“The Increase To The Minimum Wage Is Yet Another Blow
19 June 2020

“The Increase To The Minimum Wage Is Yet Another Blow

A 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. Daily IPA comment attributable to Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs: “The Fair Work Commission’s decision to increase the minimum wage in the middle of the greatest employment crisis
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“This Is A Humanitarian Tragedy Of Biblical Proportions”
18 June 2020

“This Is A Humanitarian Tragedy Of Biblical Proportions”

A 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. Daily IPA comment attributable to Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs: “Young Australians have been smashed by the COVID-19 lockdown measures. Almost half a million Australians aged 15-24
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“There Will Be A Substantial First-Mover Advantage”
17 June 2020

“There Will Be A Substantial First-Mover Advantage”

A 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. Daily IPA comment attributable to Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs: “State governments must take the lead on economic reform through cutting taxes, reducing red and green tape,
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