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Queensland Mandate Judgement A Victory For Process, Not Human Rights
7 March 2024

Queensland Mandate Judgement A Victory For Process, Not Human Rights

This article was originally published in The Spectator Australia on or about 7 March 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. The decision handed down in Queensland’s Supreme Court ruling vaccine mandates imposed on
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Not All Royal Commissions Are Equal
13 July 2023

Not All Royal Commissions Are Equal

The media are a lot more interested in scandals like robo-debt under a Coalition government than in Lawyer X under a Labor government in Victoria. The last few weeks have been the tale of two royal commissions. Last week in Canberra the report of the robo-debt scheme inquiry was released. It continues to dominate the political news as its “sealed chapter” recommends
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Draft Terms Of Reference For A Royal Commission Into The Covid-19 Response
12 October 2022

Draft Terms Of Reference For A Royal Commission Into The Covid-19 Response

Letters Patent are a legal instrument issued by the King granting an office, title, or status to a person. The Institute of Public Affairs has drafted this Letters Patent that should be used to appoint a person to conduct a Royal Commission into the causes and consequences of the Australian governmental Covid-19 response. The Letters Patent include the terms of
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How Leftists Are Gaslighting Australia With Their Murdoch Madness
11 November 2020

How Leftists Are Gaslighting Australia With Their Murdoch Madness

Kevin Rudd’s claim that the Murdoch media is a “cancer on democracy” is gaslighting the Australian people. Last week a Rudd-initiated petition was submitted to the House of Representatives calling for a Royal Commission into “the strength and diversity of Australian news media”. In case anyone was in any doubt over what that meant, Rudd called the Murdoch media a “cancer on democracy” when announcing the petition
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Bureau ‘Cooling The Past To Declare Record Heat’
20 December 2019

Bureau ‘Cooling The Past To Declare Record Heat’

In September 2017, the Bureau declared the hottest ever September on record for the state of Victoria based on temperature data from Mildura. I’ve since shown that this was helped along by the Bureau replacing a mercury thermometer with an electronic probe that can record a good 0.4 degrees hotter for the same weather. There is not only the issue of the Bureau
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More Regulation Is Not The Solution To Westpac Revelations
2 December 2019

More Regulation Is Not The Solution To Westpac Revelations

Yet another scandal among Australia’s banks suggests the industry is in dire need of a clean-out. Westpac has committed one of the most startling failures of corporate governance in Australian history. After a year-long investigation, the bank stands accused of failing to report, as required by law, 23 million transactions that it had facilitated, and, in particular, failing to notice a
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The Woke Bank Asleep At The Wheel
22 November 2019

The Woke Bank Asleep At The Wheel

The phrase “Go Woke, Go Broke” doesn’t quite apply to Westpac. But it nearly does. Allegations that it breached anti-money-laundering laws 23 million times probably won’t send Westpac broke. But the bank’s share price has been smashed and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has as good as called for the Westpac board to sack its chief executive. If you’re a company
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13 September 2019

Rule Of Law Gets Lost In Commissions

If you were to ask the average CEO of the average ASX 100 company to talk for 10 minutes about climate change or Indigenous recognition they would easily be able to do so. If you asked them to talk about ‘diversity’ those 10 minutes would likely stretch to 20 minutes or even half an hour. That is of course unless
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Banking Royal Commission: Duplicitous Banks, Foolish Borrowers
8 February 2019

Banking Royal Commission: Duplicitous Banks, Foolish Borrowers

The funniest thing to come out of the Hayne royal commission is a story that appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. Titled “I’m amazed they approved me: CBA lashed for lending to the naive”, the article began as follows. “One victim of irresponsible lending, 24-year-old Georgia Clark, believes the banking royal commission’s recommendations are a missed opportunity to protect the
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Regulators, The Royal Commission And Crony Capitalism
11 October 2018

Regulators, The Royal Commission And Crony Capitalism

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation, and Finances Services Industry has uncovered some inexcusable behaviour. Charging client’s fees without providing services, pressured selling of insurance to a man with down syndrome, and thousands of breaches for providing unsolicited advice and insurance are just a few examples highlighted in the Royal Commission’s interim report released last Sunday. Almost
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