Reform

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions
2 December 2016

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people’s lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a family. And a key part of protecting the community is incarceration. Dangerous and antisocial criminals simply must be kept in isolation so that
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Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape
23 November 2016

Australia Must Now Follow The United States And Cut Red Tape

“Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment,” said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. The President-Elect has put forward a number of proposals to cut red tape, including: abolishing two regulations for each new regulation introduced;
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Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed
22 November 2016

Passage Of Registered Organisations Bill Warmly Welcomed

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “Australia’s workplace relations laws should ensure that as far as possible, the duties imposed on unions and employer organisations and penalties for non-compliance are equal to those that
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Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test
17 November 2016

Public Service Perks Don’t Pass The Pub Test

Enterprise bargaining is a two-way street. Public sector unions cannot continue to argue that well-paid public servants deserve additional entitlements without considering the trade-offs that could be made. Public servants already enjoy generous conditions and entitlements that would not pass the pub test. The Commonwealth public services’ enterprise bargaining agreements notionally expired in 2014. To date, 65 agreements have been
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18C Repeal The Only Solution On Freedom Of Speech
11 November 2016

18C Repeal The Only Solution On Freedom Of Speech

Here’s a simple idea all lawmakers should adopt: when a law is fundamentally broken, it should be repealed. Not replaced. Repealed. So it is with section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Removing the words “offend” and “insult” from a provision that has been used as a weapon against newspaper cartoonists and university students is an incredibly modest proposal. Any
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Donald Trump Will Lead The US In The Right Direction. We Should Take Note
10 November 2016

Donald Trump Will Lead The US In The Right Direction. We Should Take Note

Donald Trump’s historic victory represents a huge opportunity for middle America. It is a rejection of liberal internationalism, political correctness and the progressive politics of urban elites in favour of traditional American values – love of country, family and, for many, faith. Like Brexit, it heralds a return to the pre-eminence of the nation state, of national sovereignty and democracy.
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Australia’s Deteriorating Fiscal Position
3 November 2016

Australia’s Deteriorating Fiscal Position

From the Australian Financial Review, on Australia’s deteriorating fiscal position: The Parliamentary Budget Office has issued a fresh reminder of how Australia’s political system is struggling to grapple with one of its most basic tasks – keeping the budget in balance. In a series of graphs, the independent body shows that failure to curb spending and manage faltering tax revenues has
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1 November 2016

Default Superannuation – Let All Australians choose

All Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund according to a submission to the Productivity Commission’s Superannuation Default Model Inquiry by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “There should be no role for an employer, trade union, employer organisation or the Fair Work Commission in choosing where an employee invests their own retirement savings,” said
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28 October 2016

IPA Welcomes PM Support For Inquiry Into 18C

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed the Prime Minister’s comment that a parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 would be a “reasonable” way of having an “open and calm, cool discussion of the issues” relating to freedom of speech. The Prime Minister on 3AW this morning said that the
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28 October 2016

Submission On Alternative Superannuation Default Models

The Institute of Public Affairs believes that superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and choice, as well as the appropriate role of government and its regulatory authorities. The superannuation system in Australia and other countries exists as a means to enable individuals to take greater responsibility for their own lives and
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