Liberty

‘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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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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The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C
9 December 2016

The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C

Below is an excerpt from the foreword of this report by John Roskam. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War – a war fought to defend human freedom – the Institute of Public Affairs was founded. Enshrined in the Constitution of the Institute of Public Affairs is the objective to ‘further the individual, social, political and economic
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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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Rowan Callick On Chinese Democracy
17 November 2016

Rowan Callick On Chinese Democracy

A fascinating piece from Rowan Callick in The Australian today on the repressive nature of Chinese democracy, where those insufficiently loyal to the ruling Communist party are not allowed to participate: Today, under Xi Jinping, we are seeing clear limits on how far popular representation can go. This approach is now being applied consistently, through mainland China and in special administrative regions
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Private Order
9 November 2016

Private Order

Libertarians hail the wonders of ‘private governance’-the idea that left to their own devices, free people will organise themselves without needing the coercive power of the state. To others, however, this libertarian view is akin to riding unicorns-no one can quite see any tangible examples. All they can see is the power of government, a potent force solving almost all
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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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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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