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New report reveals missing 129 billion in infrastructure spending

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

New research released today by the Institute of Public Affairs shows that the increase in federal government debt since the global financial crisis was misspent. The research reveals that whilst the federal government borrowed $266 billion between...

Canberra's debt problem: Where's the money gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Public sector borrowing has been directed toward current consumption and transfers, harming our longer term growth prospects. In real terms if federal general government infrastructure spending was fully funded by borrowing, there would have been...

More climate council alarmism on coal

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The Climate Council's new report Galilee Basin - Unburnable Coal, released today, is the latest piece of alarmism from the climate change lobby and ignores the increasing demand for coal throughout the developing world, according to free market...

The life saving potential of coal

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

According to the World Health Organisation, over 3 billion people around the world still cook and heat their homes by burning biomass (including wood, crop waste and dung), and over 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity. In India, the...

Australian coal could give 82 million Indians electricity

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Increasing the supply of Australian coal to India could allow at least 82 million Indian people each year to access a regular and reliable source of electricity, according to a new report from free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Pope Francis' climate change encyclical not binding on Catholics

MEDIA RELEASE | Father James Grant

Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change should not be treated as official Catholic doctrine binding on all Catholics, but rather a personal position of the Pope, according to Father James Grant, Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public...

IPA launches Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The Institute of Public Affairs is delighted to announce the launch of Magna Carta: The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty on the day of its 800th anniversary. In this accessible and engaging book, IPA Senior Fellow Chris Berg and Executive Director...

Closing coal-fired power stations will raise electricity prices

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's news of the permanent closure of Alinta Energy's two coal-fired power stations in South Australia's Port Augusta region will contribute to future electricity price rises around the country, according to the IPA's Director of Energy and...

Submission to Treasury consultation into exposure draft of Tax Laws Amendment

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity Multinational Anti-avoidance Law) Bill 2015 exposure draft represents an important and concerning watershed in the practice of Australian corporate tax governance. The draft bill would base the...

Net neutrality is techno socialism

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

Net neutrality is a grab-bag of cartoonish anti-corporate populism. The introduction of net neutrality rules by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February is a threat to the freedom of the internet and its capacity for...

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