Policy

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze
22 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 60: Restoring Dynamism After Deep Freeze

Only if we’re free enough to adapt and allow entrepreneurs to create new businesses and institutions will the economy be dynamic enough for the high growth trajectory we need after the devastation of the lockdown. A very special episode of The Looking Forward Podcast as Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University  and host Dr Chris Berg join host Scott Hargreaves
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 59: Only The First To Bail Out?
15 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 59: Only The First To Bail Out?

Australia has been one of the most successful countries in reducing transmission of the coronavirus. Why are the Australian infection rates so low and what does this mean for policymakers and citizens? (2:44-22:37) Virgin Australia has asked the government for a bail out, what role should the government play in restoring the economy and how should this shape policy decisions?
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 58: Government Models Can’t Guide Us Back
8 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 58: Government Models Can’t Guide Us Back

 The government has revealed the very simple model driving their public policy response to COVID-19. With focus placed on macro modelling general claims, the government must narrow its attention to micro measures and a timeline for society’s recovery (1:26-23:44) On the weekend the IPA called for a safe and responsible roll back of social restrictions, and now the debate’s
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 57: Of Moral Panics And Spendathons
3 April 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 57: Of Moral Panics And Spendathons

This week’s episode is brought to you from the Looking Forward remote studio! This week the Australian Government introduced the centrepiece of their corona virus crisis strategy, ‘the job keeper scheme’. How can we bring Australians back to work to unfreeze the frozen economy? (1:48-18:06) Everyday more social restrictions are emplaced on citizens, showing many what it is to live in a police state. How much power should politicians and the police have to curtail civil liberties and at what point
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 56: Our Values will Sustain Us
25 March 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 56: Our Values will Sustain Us

As the pandemic rises, government must make decisions based on uncertainty. What trade-offs are we making and what values are defining these trade-offs? (2:00-22:20) It’s the ‘short sharp shock’ model of shutdown versus the ‘flatten the curve’ approach, which should guide Australian policy? (22:20-34:44) The pandemic has put extreme pressure on job loss and the economy, how are governments all
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The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 55: The Patient Needs to Survive the Cure
18 March 2020

The Looking Forward Podcast Episode 55: The Patient Needs to Survive the Cure

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down. Whilst governments all around the world scramble for solutions, what are the policy affects for citizens? (3:25-16:10). Different countries’ approach to the pandemic response highlight complexities of decision making, and the importance of sensibly drawing on rather than deferring to experts. (16:10-26:50) The virus has pricked open many underlying economic issues,
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Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies
15 November 2019

Evidence Based Policy Research Project: 20 Case Studies

Australia’s governments, both state and federal, are failing to undertake best practice policymaking. 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 face
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20 Policies To Fix Australia
12 April 2019

20 Policies To Fix Australia

15 Policies The Coalition Should Implement But Will Not And 5 Policies They Should Not Implement But Will (Click here to download the full list of policies.) A Statement on Liberal Philosophy Individual freedom is the central animating theme of liberalism. Governments exist and hold their legitimacy insofar as they protect the economic, social, and political freedoms of all Australians.
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15 Policies The Coalition Should Implement But Won’t, And 5 Policies They Should Not Implement But Will
12 April 2019

15 Policies The Coalition Should Implement But Won’t, And 5 Policies They Should Not Implement But Will

“Australia is the greatest nation on earth, but our freedoms and way of life must be protected if our prosperity is to endure,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Institute of Public Affairs released a new Parliamentary Research Brief 20 Policies to fix Australia: 15 policies the
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IPA submission to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure
19 October 2018

IPA submission to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure

This submission responds to the University of Tasmania’s Draft University Behaviour Policy and Procedure. This submission raises concern that the proposed policy seriously threatens freedom of expression and infringes legal rights. The University of Tasmania is currently one of Australia’s highest ranked universities on freedom of speech in the IPA’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2017. The University is one of few
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