Policy

Andrew Bushnell: Policy Ideas Session At The Friedman 2017 Conference
15 June 2017

Andrew Bushnell: Policy Ideas Session At The Friedman 2017 Conference

[trx_video url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccBKf_tsJFk” ratio=”16:9″ autoplay=”off” align=”center” top=”inherit” bottom=”inherit” left=”inherit” right=”inherit” animation=”fadeIn”] Click above to watch Research Fellow Andrew Bushnell, speaking on Policy Ideas, at the Friedman 2017 Conference in Sydney, Australia. Video Source: Australian Taxpayers Alliance  
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Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review
14 June 2017

Five Unanswered Questions From The Finkel Review

In the wake of South Australia’s September 2016 blackout, the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council announced the establishment of an ‘expert panel’ chaired by Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO to “develop a national reform blueprint to maintain energy security and reliability in the National Electricity Market (NEM).” Download the full research brief here
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Another Year, Another Hike In The Minimum Wage
6 June 2017

Another Year, Another Hike In The Minimum Wage

“Another year, another hike in the minimum wage,” said Aaron Lane, legal fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Minimum wage decisions are becoming all too predictable. Every year the employer organisations, such as the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, make a low-ball offer – this year, an increase of $8.10 per week. Every
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IPA Welcomes Trump Climate Change Decision
2 June 2017

IPA Welcomes Trump Climate Change Decision

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed this morning’s news that the Trump Administration will withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement. “America has stood up, and it is now time for Australia to reconsider its own position,” said Brett Hogan, Director of Research. ‎ “As Bjorn Lomborg has pointed out if Paris commitments are met,
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No Place For Race In Our Constitution
2 June 2017

No Place For Race In Our Constitution

RACE has no place in the Australian constitution. Proposals to grant special legal rights to any group of Australians based on their race will be rejected. Australians are egalitarian. Fairness is a concept that runs deep in the Australian psyche. This is why the two proposals contained in the Uluru Statement released last week — a treaty between indigenous and
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New IPA Research: Government Should Abandon Bank Tax
26 May 2017

New IPA Research: Government Should Abandon Bank Tax

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today released a research brief outlining why the Government should abandon its proposed changes to the banking sector. The brief argues that the proposed changes are illiberal and exemplify bad policy process; the bank tax will be paid for by all Australians; and the wage and price controls will distort the
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Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax
25 May 2017

Five Reasons Why The Government Should Abandon The Bank Tax

The Government announced major changes to the banking sector in the 2017-18 Budget, including: • A tax of 0.06% on the liabilities of the four major banks plus Macquarie. • Forty per cent of a banking executive’s variable remuneration must be deferred for at least four years. • The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) will be given powers to require
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Drone Regulations Stifle Business And Innovation With New Technology
19 May 2017

Drone Regulations Stifle Business And Innovation With New Technology

The Senate committee examining Australian drone regulations has had just one public hearing and is months away from its December reporting date. Nevertheless, last week they wrote to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, strongly encouraging immediate action and “strengthened regulation” for drone technology. Calls for more red tape and restrictions on drones is not only premature, but
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No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes
12 May 2017

No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes

For years, legitimate questions have been raised over what the modern Labor Party stands for. Following the 2017 budget, those same questions now hang over the Liberal Party. In the House of Representatives on March 11, 1999, Peter Costello, then treasurer, accused the ALP of lacking discernible values: “The Labor Party stands for nothing but populist oppositionism.” The Liberal Party
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This Budget Ends The Liberal Age
12 May 2017

This Budget Ends The Liberal Age

Maybe it’s time to acknowledge what in recent years has become obvious, and what was confirmed on budget night. A unique period in Australia’s modern history is drawing to a close. For three decades both of the country’s major political parties held a commitment to policy reform based on the principles of economic liberalism. It might be that in the
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