Reform

Why Tax Cuts Without Economic Leadership Won’t Work
22 November 2017

Why Tax Cuts Without Economic Leadership Won’t Work

Australians haven’t seen any serious tax reform since the 2007 general election. On the first day of that election campaign the then Howard government announced serious tax cuts; quickly matched by the Rudd opposition. Some of those tax cuts were “aspirational” and never implemented. Since then changes to the tax system have constituted fiddling at the edges. The Gillard government
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A Good Idea From The Turnbull Government
21 November 2017

A Good Idea From The Turnbull Government

Another day, another idea from the Turnbull government. But at least this time it’s a good one. In an address to the Business Council of Australia last night, Prime Minister Turnbull pressed the case for cutting Australia’s high corporate tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent. This, as any economist worth their crust will tell you, is
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Australia Is One Of The Most Hostile Nations For Business Investment And Job Creation
28 September 2017

Australia Is One Of The Most Hostile Nations For Business Investment And Job Creation

Australia continues its slide down the global competitiveness rankings on key areas such as taxes, regulations, and energy supply, according to the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index Report released on the 26th of September. “The WEF shows that Australia remains one of the most hostile nations to new business investment and job creation”, said Daniel Wild, research fellow
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Media Reforms A Significant Achievement
21 September 2017

Media Reforms A Significant Achievement

The government’s market liberalisation win on media reform should not be underestimated. Despite the $60 million of taxpayer funds doled out to private media organisations, this is a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, much more reform is needed to open up Australia’s media landscape. Last week the government abolished the antiquated 75 per cent reach rule, which limits the
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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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Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority
7 April 2017

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority

The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA’s functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the ACMA in Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia.   Download the full report here
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Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails
7 April 2017

Criminal Justice Reform Does Not Start In Jails

The new WA Government has said that it cannot afford to build a new $600 million prison planned by the previous government. But this cost cannot be avoided simply by letting people out of prison. Criminal justice reform must always be about maximising community safety. The Government is right to look for inefficiencies in the criminal justice system. WA has
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Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State
17 February 2017

Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State

Crime is caused by people who decide to commit crimes. It is not caused by society. The criminal justice system exists to punish criminals and protect the community, not to fix societal ills. This is a very simple principle. But it bears restating because it seems to have eluded Rob Hulls in his commentary, published in these pages last week,
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What Australians Think About Free Speech
31 January 2017

What Australians Think About Free Speech

48% of Australians support 18C reform, a Galaxy survey released by the IPA says today. Read the full findings here: https://ipa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/IPA_Media_Release_Free_Speech_Not_A_Fringe_Issue_Poll_310117-reduced1.pdf
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Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue – Poll
31 January 2017

Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue – Poll

New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is “very important”. “Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters,” said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs. “When 95% of respondents agree that an
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