Employment

Work Transition Bill Another Missed Opportunity For Pensioners, Veterans And Students
18 October 2023

Work Transition Bill Another Missed Opportunity For Pensioners, Veterans And Students

“Pension reforms introduced to federal parliament today lack ambition and will still see pensioners, veterans, and students face unfair tax and red tape disincentives to work,” said Saxon Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the federal government introduced the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Supporting the Transition to Work) Bill 2023, which makes permanent the
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Plan To Further Regulate The Casual Economy Will Exacerbate Australia’s $32 Billion Worker Shortage Crisis
22 July 2023

Plan To Further Regulate The Casual Economy Will Exacerbate Australia’s $32 Billion Worker Shortage Crisis

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. The IPA has been dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic freedom through research and analysis since its inception in 1943. The crackdown on casual work touted as part of
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Full Employment Discussion Must Include Removing Barriers Preventing Pensioners, Veterans and Students From Work
21 July 2023

Full Employment Discussion Must Include Removing Barriers Preventing Pensioners, Veterans and Students From Work

“If the federal government wants to have full employment, it must immediately remove tax and red tape barriers preventing willing pensioners, veterans and students from working,” said Saxon Davidson, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. This morning on ABC Radio National, Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers said he welcomed debate on the definition of full employment, saying he viewed
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IPA Report: The Employment Consequences Of The Early Closure Of The Eraring Power Station
11 May 2022

IPA Report: The Employment Consequences Of The Early Closure Of The Eraring Power Station

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) was among the first organisations in Australia to quantify the potential employment impact of a policy of net zero emissions by 2050. In April 2022, the IPA released its landmark report, The Economic and Employment Consequences of Net Zero Emissions by 2050 in Australia, which estimates the potential costs of a policy of net zero emissions
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IPA Report: Net Zero Means No New Coal, Gas, Oil Jobs
22 April 2022

IPA Report: Net Zero Means No New Coal, Gas, Oil Jobs

“A net zero emissions by 2050 target means that, at a minimum, every coal, gas, and oil project in the construction pipeline will need to be scrapped, cancelling over 478,000 jobs concentrated in regional Australia,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. A landmark report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs, The Economic and
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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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The Moral Case For An IR Overhaul
30 August 2019

The Moral Case For An IR Overhaul

In a week’s time the federal Coalition will have been in government for six years after having won three elections in a row. For all the worthwhile things it has done over those years – and has tried to do but failed – industrial relations is one of the big policy areas the Coalition has been afraid to touch. Australia’s
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The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing
15 June 2018

The Case For Abolishing Occupational Licensing

Occupational licensing is government regulation of the conditions under which someone can legally practice an occupation. The requirements can relate to education attainment, experience, personal character, residency, and payment of membership fees to professional industry bodies. In Australia, many occupations require a license to legally operate, including doctors, lawyers, electricians, hair dressers, weed controllers, and driving instructors. Occupational licensing imposes
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Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It
1 March 2018

Australia’s Entrepreneurship Crisis and Three Ways To Fix It

Red tape is holding back our entrepreneurs and threatening our economic prosperity, new IPA research has found. Nine of Australia’s top ten largest companies were founded before 1925; by contrast, 88 per cent of the United States’ top 500 firms did not exist fifty years ago. Newer businesses, by injecting innovative ideas and challenging outdated methods, deliver increased productivity, raise
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Employment and Wages in the Western Australian Public Sector
14 February 2018

Employment and Wages in the Western Australian Public Sector

Our latest research brief reports on the trends of the size, cost and wages of the Western Australian public service using statistical measures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Western Australian Public Sector Commission. A copy of the PRB can be read below or downloaded here.
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