Productivity

Violent Offender Surge Underscores Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform
8 February 2024

Violent Offender Surge Underscores Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“New ABS data again shows that continued increases in violent crime right across the nation will not go away unless political leaders commit to wholesale criminal justice reform focused on preventing crime and keeping communities safe,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Released today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ latest data detailing recorded crime and
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Productivity Commission Data Confirms Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reforms
30 January 2024

Productivity Commission Data Confirms Urgent Need For Criminal Justice Reforms

“The Productivity Commission’s latest prisons data demonstrates governments are not solving the crime crisis, but merely spending record levels of taxpayers’ money on a system which is not fit for purpose and in dire need of reform,” said Mia Schlicht, Research Analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs. Released today, the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2024 reveals that
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How Government Became Its Own Drag On Productivity
29 January 2024

How Government Became Its Own Drag On Productivity

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 29 January 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. If Anthony Albanese wants to do something about the cost of living, he
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IPA Opening Statement to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Climate Change (Net Zero Future) Bill 2023
30 October 2023

IPA Opening Statement to NSW Legislative Council Inquiry into the Climate Change (Net Zero Future) Bill 2023

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee today. Legislating a net zero emissions by 2050 mandate would be a grave policy mistake for New South Wales, which will cost jobs, undermine energy security and reliability, open potential avenues to activists, without providing a discernible benefit to the environment. Institute of Public Research has established that under a
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Same Job, Same Pay Is A ‘Short-sighted’ Union Power Grab That Will Worsen Australia’s Already Anaemic Economic Growth Prospects
12 June 2023

Same Job, Same Pay Is A ‘Short-sighted’ Union Power Grab That Will Worsen Australia’s Already Anaemic Economic Growth Prospects

In this article, Saxon Davidson contextualises and disseminates the findings of the IPA’s research into Australia’s worker shortage crisis and how that affects Australia’s economic freedom and prosperity. The IPA has been dedicated to preserving and strengthening the foundations of economic freedom through research and analysis since its inception in 1943. Labor’s proposed industrial relations reforms will worsen Australia’s unprecedented
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Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Highlighted By New Productivity Commission Report
31 January 2023

Australia’s Incarceration Crisis Highlighted By New Productivity Commission Report

“Australia’s criminal justice system is fast approaching breaking-point, with urgent reform now required to stop wasteful spending of taxpayers’ money, improve community safety, and reduce unnecessary incarceration,” said Daniel Wild, Deputy Executive Director of the Institute of Public Affairs. Released today, the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2023 revealed; “Too many low-risk, non-violent offenders are being locked up, which
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Notes For The Opening Statement Delivered To The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee
28 September 2022

Notes For The Opening Statement Delivered To The Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Thank you for the opportunity to appear before the committee today. I’d like to set out some broader economic context for the bill and its intent to alleviate the crippling worker shortage facing our nation. Forthcoming research by the Institute of Public Affairs has established the significant economic challenges facing Australia, which this bill seeks to alleviate. New private sector
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Shorten’s Alternative IR Reality Based On Trumpian Alternative Facts
8 March 2019

Shorten’s Alternative IR Reality Based On Trumpian Alternative Facts

This week the Prime Minister got his wish. On Tuesday, in his speech to The Australian Financial Review Business Summit, Scott Morrison wanted to get the media talking about the risk of a recession under a Labor government. On Wednesday we learned Australia was actually already in a recession, at least as measured by economic growth per head. The release
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Our Unproductive Approach To Growth
7 March 2019

Our Unproductive Approach To Growth

Australia has entered into a per capita economic recession for the third time in 28 years, according to figures released yesterday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The figures also show there have been 18 quarters in the past 28 years where per capita incomes have gone backwards. The 28-year yardstick is relevant because that is the time since Australia
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New Businesses Fallen By 60 Per Cent: Government Report
30 November 2017

New Businesses Fallen By 60 Per Cent: Government Report

A new report from the Department of Industry has found that the Australian entrepreneurship downturn is worse than previously thought. Earlier this month the IPA’s new report on entrepreneurship, Reigniting Australia’s Entrepreneurial Flame, found that there were 15,000 fewer new businesses created in 2016 than in 2003 and a fall in business entry rate of 16 per cent. This finding, which was based on analysis of the ABS business counts data, is despite working age population growing by
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