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Small Business Workers Smashed By Lockdowns
12 September 2020

Small Business Workers Smashed By Lockdowns

Workers in small businesses have been smashed by lockdown measures compared to workers in big businesses, according to an analysis released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The analysis, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics data, shows that between 14 March and 22 August, 377,400 small business employees lost their job, compared to 30,900 big
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Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters
11 September 2020

Dan’s Debacle Shows Why Democracy Matters

The debacle that is the response of Australia’s state governments to the coronavirus pandemic has provoked claims such as “the federation is broken” and “the PM must do something about it”. In Melbourne, at the moment, a much-discussed option (and wistful hope) is that if Daniel Andrews doesn’t resign, then somehow he’s sacked by either the state’s governor or even
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Lockdowns Hurt Small Business, Young Australians But Public Servants Flourish
10 September 2020

Lockdowns Hurt Small Business, Young Australians But Public Servants Flourish

This is not Australia’s first recession, nor will not be the last, but it is the first recession caused by deliberate actions taken by government. Creating a depression-era economy is the expert classes’ solution to managing COVID-19. Shutting down the economy and society through social distancing and travel restrictions was considered the only way to slow the spread of the
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Australia Is In A K-Shaped Recession
9 September 2020

Australia Is In A K-Shaped Recession

Australia is experiencing a ‘K-shaped’ government-induced recession from the lockdown measures. The public sector are thriving and growing on the upward arm of the ‘K’, but the private sector continues to suffer on the downward arm of the ‘K’, an analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs shows. The analysis, based on Australian Bureau of Statistics
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810,000 Small Businesses And 1.7 Million Jobs At Risk From Lockdowns
8 September 2020

810,000 Small Businesses And 1.7 Million Jobs At Risk From Lockdowns

Institute of Public Affairs analysis of data recently released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics finds that over 810,000 small businesses are at risk of closing and approximately 1.7 million jobs are at risk of being lost over the next three months due to the lockdown restrictions which remain in place across Australia. This could potentially cause the official unemployment
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Private Sector Smashed By Lockdown Recession While Bureaucrats Flourish
2 September 2020

Private Sector Smashed By Lockdown Recession While Bureaucrats Flourish

Private sector workers’ wages dropped $5.9 billion in the June quarter while public sector workers’ wages increased $768 million, according to an analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today by the Institute of Public Affairs. In the June quarter, private sector wages were $5.9 billion lower than in the March quarter, a 3.6% decline. Meanwhile, public sector wages
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Dan Vs Democracy
29 August 2020

Dan Vs Democracy

When Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says that it is ‘foreseeable’ that a state of emergency could last beyond another 12 months, Australians would not be out of place in wondering if that means until or beyond the next state election due in November 2022. Australians would also not be out of place in wondering what expectations Mr Andrews is trying
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Australia Has Returned To Being A Convict Nation
25 August 2020

Australia Has Returned To Being A Convict Nation

It must be nice to be Shane Warne. Shane was one of the 22,640 citizens The Australian Border Force granted permission to leave the country between March 25 and July 31. The 69,310 people who were denied permission in this time are people like Donna Burton, an Australian woman who was forced to forfeit her $2,000 (£1,100) airfare to London
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Double Standard At Play As PM Stays Silent On Andrews
14 August 2020

Double Standard At Play As PM Stays Silent On Andrews

If Daniel Andrews were a bank chief executive instead of a state premier, he would have been forced to resign weeks ago. And the person leading the demands for Andrews’ resignation would have been the Prime Minister himself, Scott Morrison. In 2018 when he was treasurer, Morrison called for, as described at the time, “heads to roll” at Commonwealth Bank
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Young Australians Suffer One Third Of Job Losses Since Lockdown
13 August 2020

Young Australians Suffer One Third Of Job Losses Since Lockdown

Analysis by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ July Labour Force figures has found that young Australians have disproportionately suffered as a result of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 lockdown measures. Young Australians aged 15 to 24 account for 35% of the net job losses since March despite making
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