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EPBC Act Review: Jobs Win Over Litigious Green Activists
20 July 2020

EPBC Act Review: Jobs Win Over Litigious Green Activists

“The recommendations of the interim report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) puts mainstream Australians ahead of inner-city green groups,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The interim report’s rejection of adding a climate change trigger to the EPBC Act
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445% Increase In Federal Enviornmental Regulation Since 2000
24 April 2020

445% Increase In Federal Enviornmental Regulation Since 2000

“The Morrison government must slash environmental red tape to boost business investment and job creation in the post-coronavirus economy,” said Cian Hussey, Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. A new report released today The Growth and Complexity of Environmental Regulation, authored by IPA Research Fellow Cian Hussey, finds that the number of regulations enabled by the Environment Protection
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A Simple Stimulus Step That Won’t Cost A Cent: Stop Green Lawfare
20 March 2020

A Simple Stimulus Step That Won’t Cost A Cent: Stop Green Lawfare

Over $65 billion of investment, mostly in regional Australia, has been put at risk by a small group of environmental and inner-city activists who have exploited a special legal provision to engage in frivolous and vexatious legal activism without delivering a discernible environmental benefit.  Research recently released by the Institute of Public Affairs found that green groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation and the
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Economic Zone Can Be Boost For North
31 January 2020

Economic Zone Can Be Boost For North

Making Northern Australia a special economic zone with low taxes and less red tape, and devolving governance away from Canberra to regional hubs such the Kimberly, will deliver an economic boom and make Australia safer. According to a report earlier this month, the Government is planning to strengthen Australia’s engagement with India and Southeast Asia, in part to reduce Australia’s
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Time To Break The Shackles
27 December 2019

Time To Break The Shackles

Western Australia has always been a fast-moving, entrepreneurial, and successful state. Blessed with an abundance of natural resources, a thriving agricultural sector, and people with go-ahead attitude, WA has much to celebrate as the 2010s draw to a close. More people than ever before are in full-time work, exports are booming, and West Australians possess a lifestyle that is the
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Cutting Red Tape Will Drive Growth
6 December 2019

Cutting Red Tape Will Drive Growth

Momentum is building for bi-partisan reform between the Western Australia state Labor government and the federal coalition government to cut red tape and boost economic growth. As reported in these pages on 27 November, the McGowen government has reached out to the federal government to establish a “one-stop shop” for environment approvals. This means that WA would be able to
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80-Fold Increase In Environmental Legislation Since 1971
24 October 2019

80-Fold Increase In Environmental Legislation Since 1971

There has been 80-fold increase to Commonwealth environmental regulation since the first Commonwealth environmental department was established in 1971, according to a new report by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Environmental red tape is a significant barrier to economic opportunity and prosperity in Australia,” said Morgan Begg, research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. “Environmental
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Red Tape Reduction A Way To Prosperity
8 July 2019

Red Tape Reduction A Way To Prosperity

Australia is starting to see bi-partisan economic leadership, with both the federal Coalition government and the WA state Labor government cutting red tape and taxes to unleash prosperity, as President Trump has done in the United States. One week ago, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced at an event with the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Perth that the
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Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis
13 June 2019

Delayed Adani Approval Highlights Australia’s Red Tape Crisis

“The delays to the Adani coal project caused by red tape, regulation, and government-enabled green activism must never be allowed to happen again to a resources project in Australia,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Queensland government cleared Adani’s final significant environment requirement via approval of a
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Senate Committee Report Confirms Red Tape Strangling The Australian Economy
19 October 2017

Senate Committee Report Confirms Red Tape Strangling The Australian Economy

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the recommendations from the Select Committee on Red Tape interim report: Effect of red tape on environmental assessment and approvals. “The Senate Committee’s report confirms the economic damage caused by environmental red tape in Australia,” said IPA research fellow Daniel Wild. “The government should implement the Committee’s recommendations, including
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