Reform

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones
20 January 2017

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology – including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators – according to a new research paper by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. In The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones, IPA Research Fellow Darcy Allen reviews the opportunities and
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Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done
18 January 2017

Business Confidence High But Small Businesses Know There Is More Work To Be Done

Today’s Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government to reduce red tape and bureaucracy. “While small businesses are more confident than they have been in a long time, the
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More Of The Same Is Not Good Enough
21 December 2016

More Of The Same Is Not Good Enough

Despite four prime ministers and four treasurers since 2013, Australia’s budget situation has not improved. Only Chris Bowen has no case to answer as his time as treasurer was too short for any serious budget repair work to have been attempted. It was the then prime minister Kevin Rudd who initially unleashed the spending and Julia Gillard who added fuel.
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IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget
19 December 2016

IPA: Reduce Spending And Government Intervention To Repair Budget

The worsening condition of the Federal Budget is further evidence of the need to re-think the role of the government in Australia, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The latest Commonwealth Budget figures were released today in the 2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. They show the cumulative expected deficits from 2016-17 to 2019-20 have
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The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C
9 December 2016

The Case For The Repeal Of Section 18C

Below is an excerpt from the foreword of this report by John Roskam. In 1943, in the midst of the Second World War – a war fought to defend human freedom – the Institute of Public Affairs was founded. Enshrined in the Constitution of the Institute of Public Affairs is the objective to ‘further the individual, social, political and economic
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Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback
9 December 2016

Labor’s Books Backdown A Protectionist Throwback

Parallel Import Restrictions on books are an effective tariff on international trade, similar to the archaic tariffs that were abolished under the Hawke-Keating government. “Labor’s decision to oppose the abolition of Parallel Import Restrictions on books reads like illiterate protectionism. This is an area where we know as a fact that prices of books will be lower as a result
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On Regulation, Productivity and Growth
9 December 2016

On Regulation, Productivity and Growth

Concern over Australia’s recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to propel long-run economic growth and prosperity. The key policy framework to achieve this, we propose here, is a classically liberal approach to economic policy that involves maintaining the rule of law, limiting government, protecting private property and
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The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal
6 December 2016

The Punishment Must Fit The Crime, Not The Criminal

Today Institute of Public Affairs Research Fellows Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen presented at the Senate, Economics References Committee Inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime. IPA research released this past Friday demonstrates the need for change to Australia’s criminal justice system. Our prison population is ballooning – costing taxpayers nearly $4 billion per year. Approximately
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Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible
6 December 2016

Key Lesson Is That A Bold Agenda Is Possible

The New Zealand prime minister is rightly being showered with praise from over this side of the Tasman. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Key’s resignation was “a great loss to New Zealand and a great loss to the world”. Tony Abbott congratulated Key for a “fine innings”. Key’s shock resignation yesterday comes with his three-term government, first elected in 2008,
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IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform
2 December 2016

IPA Research Indicates Need For Criminal Justice Reform

“Australia’s overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system,” said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA today released a research report into incarceration in Australia. The use of prisons in Australia:
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