election 2019

Business Needs To ‘Mind The Gap’
7 June 2019

Business Needs To ‘Mind The Gap’

Anyone who’s ever been to London and travelled on the Underground will know the words “mind the gap”.The phrase, together with concepts such as parliamentary democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech and freedom of the press is one of Britain’s great contributions to the world. “Mind the gap” is a useful description for one of the reasons why
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The Minors Are Now Major Parties, Despite Old Player And Media Whinges
28 May 2019

The Minors Are Now Major Parties, Despite Old Player And Media Whinges

Is there really a continuing drift away from the major parties in Australian parties? Like many I have in recent years bought into the narrative that we live in an age of political disruption – one reflecting a more general diminishment in the sense of affiliation people have to historic institutions – and that this had led to a flight
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Announcement of Janet Albrechtsen as Chairman of the IPA
16 May 2019

Announcement of Janet Albrechtsen as Chairman of the IPA

An email sent to IPA Members by Rod Kemp on May 15th, 2019Dear IPA Members,After almost 11 years as Chairman of the Institute of Public Affairs, I have decided to step down at the end of this financial year.I would like to thank my fellow Directors for their support, guidance and commitment to the IPA.I am delighted to be able
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Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble
14 May 2019

Latest First Home Buyers Policy Is Shortsighted And Likely To Create A Bubble

The now-bipartisan bank deposit subsidy scheme is a shortsighted policy which, far from solving the problem of housing affordability, is likely to push up house prices and make housing less accessible for first time buyers. Under the proposed scheme, first proposed by the government, a limited number of eligible households earning up to $200,000 would require just a 5 per
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Labor’s Push For A National Gender Centre Is Informed By Radical Academic Philosophies And Not Facts
9 May 2019

Labor’s Push For A National Gender Centre Is Informed By Radical Academic Philosophies And Not Facts

Should it be elected on the weekend of May 18, the Labor Party has promised to offer free sex change procedures, set up a tax payer-funded National Gender Centre, and appoint a new Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status Issues. This is completely in keeping with the party’s fixation with social justice. To be clear, when the
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Labor’s New Threat To Freedom Of Speech
3 May 2019

Labor’s New Threat To Freedom Of Speech

Free Market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has criticised a proposal from Mark Dreyfus, the Federal Labor shadow attorney-general, that if elected a Labor government would ‘beef up’ the enforcement of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by increasing the funding of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).  “Not only does the AHRC preside over divisive and
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Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog
3 May 2019

Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog

The idea that Scott Morrison’s election policies should be decided according to what he thinks is popular in electorates such as Wentworth in Sydney and Kooyong in Melbourne is like Donald Trump running for president by appealing to voters in Manhattan and San Francisco. Yet when it comes to the Coalition’s climate change policies that’s what is happening. It’s not quite as
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Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy
7 September 2018

Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy

“Dare to be different” is an advertising slogan employed in some form or another by companies like Honda to sell cars and Apple to sell computers, and by practically anyone who’s ever printed a T-shirt. If the Liberal Party is to have any chance of winning the next federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison must not only say he’s different from
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