Policy

Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy
7 September 2018

Scott Morrison’s Politics Must Have Some Policy

“Dare to be different” is an advertising slogan employed in some form or another by companies like Honda to sell cars and Apple to sell computers, and by practically anyone who’s ever printed a T-shirt. If the Liberal Party is to have any chance of winning the next federal election Prime Minister Scott Morrison must not only say he’s different from
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Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super
29 November 2017

Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super

Superannuation has been a relevant public policy consideration in Australia since at least 1915, when the Income Tax Assessment Act 1915 created a taxation exemption for superannuation fund earnings. The tax treatment of superannuation funds was subject to many changes over the next several decades but it wasn’t until the mid-1970s that governments began the process of universalising superannuation. In
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How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super
29 November 2017

How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super

A new report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs uncovers millions of dollars being used to fund the union movement in the form of industry super fund directors’ fees. The report, Rivers of Gold: How the Trade Union Movement is Funded by Industry Super, authored by Simon Breheny and Morgan Begg, reveals that more than $18,438,516 million (in
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When It Comes To Red Tape Reduction, There’s Reason To Be Hopeful
6 November 2017

When It Comes To Red Tape Reduction, There’s Reason To Be Hopeful

Last Friday night, IPA Director of Policy, Simon Breheny, appeared on Sky TV to discuss the upcoming Queensland election and some of the election commitments that had been put forward. When Simon expressed his enthusiasm and support for the State Opposition’s pledge to cut red tape by twenty percent, he was met with a range of comments by his fellow
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Cut Red Tape To Launch Five-Step Recovery Plan
7 July 2017

Cut Red Tape To Launch Five-Step Recovery Plan

A popular myth is that Australia survived the 2007-08 global financial crisis because our major banks didn’t collapse and a tech­nic­al recessi­on was never called, but closer inspection reveals we didn’t survive the GFC. Indeed, the prospects for many workers and businesses have never been worse. Nonetheless, we should be optimisti­c about our future­. Here are five steps the government
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If Only Trump Were Australian
5 July 2017

If Only Trump Were Australian

Amongst the recent brouhaha about US President Trump’s late-night tweeting habits, a lot of people missed a major speech he delivered last week on energy policy which included details of a new six point plan to achieve “American energy dominance” (actual transcript here). Note already the difference with Australia – in America, the government is aiming for “energy dominance” whereas
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Liberals Right To Reject Economic Vandalism
3 July 2017

Liberals Right To Reject Economic Vandalism

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the call of the South Australian Liberal Party Room to block South Australia’s disastrous bank levy. “This is a bad tax which should never see the light of day. Steven Marshall and the Liberals are right to block it,” said Daniel Wild, research fellow at the IPA. “The Bank
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Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act
29 June 2017

Why We Should Repeal The Fair Work Act

The IPA’s Gideon Rozner explains why the Fair Work Act is one of the most unfair and unbalanced pieces of legislation in Australia’s history.
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Review Of Climate Change Policies
29 June 2017

Review Of Climate Change Policies

The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest. Unfortunately, the Discussion Paper appears to take it as a given that pursuit of international emissions reduction policies is in Australia’s national interest. However, the drafters of the document have failed to
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Media Release: Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review
15 June 2017

Media Release: Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today sent all Federal Parliamentarians a new Research Brief highlighting the ‘Five Unanswered Questions from the Finkel Review.’ IPA research has been critical in framing the debate around climate change policy over the past decade. “This debate should not be about how best to manage the decline of coal. It
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