Law and Justice

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones
20 January 2017

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology – including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators – according to a new research paper by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones, IPA Research Fellow Darcy Allen reviews the opportunities and
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‘Comfort Women’ Statue Row Shows Absurdity Of 18C
19 December 2016

‘Comfort Women’ Statue Row Shows Absurdity Of 18C

A law against offending people is a stupid idea, a truth that is now being confirmed on an almost daily basis. In recent months we have seen the farce at Queensland University of Technology and the ludicrous spectacle of the government demanding a cartoonist explain himself. But a new complaint made under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act may
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The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones
15 December 2016

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) cut red tape on drones by removing burdensome license requirements for low-risk operations and carving out an exclusion category for drones on private property. While
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The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal
6 December 2016

The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this past Friday demonstrates the need for change to Australia’s criminal justice system. Our prison population is ballooning – costing taxpayers nearly $4 billion per year. Approximately
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IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform
2 December 2016

IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“Australia’s overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today released a research report into incarceration in Australia. The use of prisons in Australia:
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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions
2 December 2016

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people’s lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a family. And a key part of protecting the community is incarceration. Dangerous and antisocial criminals simply must be kept in isolation so that
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27 October 2016

Submission To The Royal Commission Into The Protection And Detention Of Children In The Northern Territory

The central contention of this submission is that while there is rightly significant community concern about the operation of youth justice facilities in the Northern Territory, this concern should not be used to indict the entire youth justice system in the Territory. Underlying the problems affecting these facilities are social, economic, and cultural factors that better explain the unique aspects
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South Australia’s New Home Detention Laws Should Not Be About Coddling Criminals
21 October 2016

South Australia’s New Home Detention Laws Should Not Be About Coddling Criminals

Lindsay Bassani, a former Education Department bureaucrat and football coach, was sentenced to home detention after stealing almost $10,000 from the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy. Despite being allowed to avoid prison, he is now complaining about his electronic tracking bracelet because of the stigma of being seen with it. The fact that Mr Bassani is complaining is a
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The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail
26 August 2016

The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail

The spectacle of Malcolm Turnbull arguing passionately for higher taxes on self-funded retirees while saying the reform of laws restricting freedom of speech in Australia was not a priority sits uneasily with what he said on the night he became prime minister. In the evening of September 15, 2015, he laid down the measure against which his time as PM
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Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails
28 July 2016

Let’s Get Fine Defaulters Out Of Our Jails

Reporting of Andrew Leigh’s reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his salary by $40,000. This is particularly a shame because Leigh is the author of a policy where Labor and a free market think tank like the Institute of Public Affairs can rightly see eye to eye. During
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