Policy

Bipartisan Commitment To Coal Must Be Backed By Action
19 April 2022

Bipartisan Commitment To Coal Must Be Backed By Action

“The bipartisan commitment to future coal mines is a welcome development for Australia’s future, but it must be backed by tangible policy commitments such as slashing red tape and scrapping net zero,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the Institute of Public Affairs. With the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition committing to the development of new
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ScoMo Should Follow BoJo On Net Zero Pause
16 March 2022

ScoMo Should Follow BoJo On Net Zero Pause

The West has played Russian roulette for more than two decades by outsourcing their energy supply needs to hostile nations, while presenting themselves as environmentally virtuous by pushing inter­national net zero emissions ­targets. Following the invasion of Ukraine, western leaders are waking up fast to the fact their predecessors have left us all in the firing line. Today, energy security
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Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies
20 November 2020

Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies

Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policy making. This failure is undermining the quality of public policy and is having a detrimental impact on faith in public institutions. Public policy in Australia is often made on the run, built on shabby foundations, motivated by short term political gain, and consequently having mediocre outcomes. Policy-makers
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Looking Forward Episode 88: Just Another High Vis Election
12 November 2020

Looking Forward Episode 88: Just Another High Vis Election

It’s a global High Vis vest frenzy, because whether or not he’s President going forward the global legacy of Trump is a realignment of politics, with heartland conservatives switched on and centre-right parties around the world looking for blue collar voters. To what extent can this be said about Australia and can it explain what’s happened this week in the
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure
10 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 67: Policing Under Pressure

This week saw thousands of Australians breaking social distancing laws protesting racism. As more people vote with their feet and ignore lockdown laws, is the pandemic effectively over and what does this mean for lockdown laws? (2:15-16:29) The protestors in the United States are now advocating for the police force to be defunded. What is the place for the police
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?
3 June 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 66: Where to Now?

As protests and riots break out across America the important issues of policing and police immunities are getting lost, but will feature at election time. But when civil order is challenged by rioters, what options do Governments have but law and order? Is it Trump or the Democrat-controlled cities who have most to do? (2:12-40:02) The Federal Court made a
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.
27 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 65: Liberalising Australia: Then and Now.

As Australia is once again faced with the desperate need to liberalise and our reinvigorate our economy post-lockdown, we’re joined by an intellectual warrior of the last great era of reform in 80’s and 90’s, Professor Emeritus Wolfgang Kasper, to explore what’s similar and what’s different between then and now, and what are the eternal truths about how to mobilise
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?
20 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 64: Can WHO Be Cured?

Just as Trump throws a grenade at the WHO it agrees to a bodged up review into the coronavirus pandemic. Is there a place for a global health organisation that has underperformed and who is possibly doing more harm than good? (2:20-16:10) Peter Ridd, featured on the IPA’s new Heretic Podcast, was sacked by James Cook University for speaking out
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work
6 May 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 62: Let’s Get Back to Work

This week the Government focus is finally on getting Australians back to work. But with coronavirus panic still a factor, will the public take the PM’s lead or vote with leaden feet? (1:34-21:42) Daniel Andrews has self-isolated in refusing to reopen Victorian schools, but do health risks really out-weigh social and economic impacts? (21:42-34:54) With negotiations for a trans-Tasman travel
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else
30 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 61: Download Or Else

Over three million Australians have downloaded the COVIDSafe App but the Australian Government has a terrible record on digital security and privacy. Co-hosts Scott Hargreaves and Chris Berg are joined by IPA Adjunct Fellow Matthew Lesh – now Director of Research at the Adam Smith Institute in London – to discuss this plus the UK’s own experience of coronavirus as
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