Freedom

Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice
16 February 2017

New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice

This week the Institute of Public Affairs launched its new Parliamentary Research Brief Program which will provide concise analysis on topical issues direct to parliamentarians. “The program builds on what the IPA has always been about: communicating the importance of free enterprise and human flourishing,” said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank, the Institute of
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Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets
13 December 2016

Censorship, Trigger Warnings And “Free Speech”: The National Union Of Students Meets

This week the rabble that is the National Union of Students will hold their annual National Conference in Geelong at Deakin University. The conference, attended by “delegates” often elected by less than five percent of the student population, is dominated by a mixture of Labor factions, and further left independents such as the Grassroots left and Socialist Alternative. It is
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Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss
17 November 2016

Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa And The Boss

Australia is the only country out of the world’s 20 most prosperous nations to experience a drop in prosperity since 2007: That’s one of the findings of the Legatum Prosperity Index 2016 released this month and it is due to our ‘growing protectionism, falling economic diversity, and a more inflexible labour market’. The Index measures categories such as personal freedom,
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Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go
19 August 2016

Time To Act: Curbs On Free Speech Must Go

A free speech revolution is just over the horizon. Several recent events are demonstrating that Australians are sick and tired of a political class that gets to decide the limits of public debate and restrict the free flow of ideas. Such a system is anti-democratic, and it is being rejected. Three key events are shaping the debate on freedom of
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How 18C Is Corrupting Our Legal Rights
16 June 2016

How 18C Is Corrupting Our Legal Rights

Everyone knows s18C diminishes the right to freedom of speech, but what people don’t know is that 18C also diminishes the right to a fair trial. The IPA’s Simon Breheny explains how a Facebook post by a QUT student turned into a three year legal saga. Written and Produced by James Bolt Directed by Saul Muscatel
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The Libertarian Alternative
2 May 2016

The Libertarian Alternative

Libertarianism – the philosophy of government that pairs free market economics with social liberalism – presents a vigorous challenge and viable political alternative to the old Left-Right partisan shouting match. Libertarianism offers surprising new solutions to stagnant policy debates over issues such as immigration and civil rights, and provokes a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and
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1 May 2016

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2016

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of university free speech. Each Australian university has been assigned a red, amber, or green speech ranking, based upon their policies and past actions.
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Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty
15 June 2015

Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty

‘Our liberty, democracy, and human rights are all in some way related to what was inscribed on parchment at Runnymede in June 1215’ The Magna Carta is a founding document of individual liberty, rule of law, and parliamentary democracy.  In this accessible and engaging book, Chris Berg and John Roskam explain what the Magna Carta is, where it came from,
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25 February 2009

100 Great Book Of Liberty: The Essential Introduction To The Greatest Idea Of Western Civilisation

100 Great Books of Liberty is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the books which made liberty the most important idea of Western Civilisation. From Plato’s The Republic and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, these 100 books have laid the foundation for the modern world. Covering history, biography, philosophy, politics,
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