Economy

Despite Record Funding, Declining Results Highlight Education Failure
6 March 2024

Despite Record Funding, Declining Results Highlight Education Failure

“A ‘back-to-basics’ approach to education in Australia has never been more urgent. Today, governments at all levels are spending record amounts but results continue to decline. Without serious reform our students will continue to fail,” said Dr Bella d’Abrera, Director of Western Civilisation Program at the Institute of Public Affairs. New research by the Institute of Public Affairs, released today,
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More Government Spending Does Not Produce Better Educational Outcomes
6 March 2024

More Government Spending Does Not Produce Better Educational Outcomes

Key Findings On 31 January 2024, the federal government announced a new education funding agreement with the State of Western Australia to ‘build a better and fairer education system’. The agreement would mean an additional billion dollars in state and federal government funding to WA schools over a five-year period, and if replicated in all states, could mean an additional
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Minister Confirms Pensioners To Continue To Face 69% Tax Rate
29 February 2024

Minister Confirms Pensioners To Continue To Face 69% Tax Rate

“Minister Rishworth’s confirmation that the federal government will not adopt the New Zealand pensioner work model is cruel news for the more than 500,000 Australians who want to work but are disincentivised from doing so by exorbitant tax barriers,” said Saxon Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today on ABC Radio Adelaide Mornings, Federal Minister for Social
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Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Inquiry Into Improving Consumer Experiences, Choice, And Outcomes In Australia’s Retirement System
23 February 2024

Institute of Public Affairs Submission To The Inquiry Into Improving Consumer Experiences, Choice, And Outcomes In Australia’s Retirement System

The purpose of this letter is to share research and analysis conducted by the Institute of Public Affairs (“the IPA”) with the Economics References Committee (“the committee”) as it conducts its inquiry into Improving consumer experiences, choice, and outcomes in Australia’s retirement system. The IPA has been leading the debate regarding taxation on Australian age pensioners, and how the existing
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Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce
23 February 2024

Red Tape Army: Headcount And Cost Of The Federal Regulatory Workforce

The analysis measures the number of staff and the and staffing costs of people employed within the federal regulatory bodies and agencies. Staffing numbers, or ‘average staffing levels’, is defined as the average number of employees receiving salary or wages over the financial year, with casual and part-time employees adjusted to a full-time equivalent. This information is derived from federal
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Take A Leaf Out Of NZ’s Book: How We Could Deal With the Worker Shortage
22 February 2024

Take A Leaf Out Of NZ’s Book: How We Could Deal With the Worker Shortage

In this article, Saxon Davidson contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s worker shortage crisis and how that affects Australia’s economic freedom and prosperity. Governments have tended to use migration as the lazy solution to fill worker shortages, but a simple solution lies right across the ditch. In 2023, Australia’s worker shortage crisis changed from being
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How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis
12 February 2024

How New Zealand Solved It’s Worker Shortage Crisis

Australia is currently experiencing unprecedented, yet persistent, worker shortages. According to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of job vacancies across the Australian economy—meaning a job position that is available for immediate filling and for which recruitment action has been taken—is currently above 388,000. Worker shortages make it difficult for entrepreneurs and investors to
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IPA Research: New Zealand Pension Model Roadmap To Solving Australia’s Worker Shortage Crisis
12 February 2024

IPA Research: New Zealand Pension Model Roadmap To Solving Australia’s Worker Shortage Crisis

“The current tax debate in Canberra has failed to notice that Australian pensioners and veterans face an effective marginal tax rate of 69 per cent if they choose to work. Without reform, Australia will not solve its worker shortage crisis,” said Saxon Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the IPA released a new report, How New
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ABS Data Shows Response To Australia’s Worker Shortage Crisis Has Failed
10 January 2024

ABS Data Shows Response To Australia’s Worker Shortage Crisis Has Failed

“The ongoing high number of job vacancies in Australia underscores the immediate need to lower tax rates facing Australians who want to work if we want to lower vacancy levels to what they were prior to the pandemic,” said Saxon Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows
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Shards Of Truth: The Compatibility Of Farming And Renewables Projects
16 December 2023

Shards Of Truth: The Compatibility Of Farming And Renewables Projects

In this article, Kevin You contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into land use implications of renewable energy targets on prime agricultural land, conducted as part of the IPA’s Net Zero research program. All media posted onto the IPA website are directly related to the promotion and dissemination of IPA research. Up to one-third of Australia’s prime agricultural
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