Recent publications

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Higher electricity prices but no difference on CO2

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Labor's Climate Change Action Plan, released today, will increase electricity prices and make no difference to global carbon dioxide levels, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Whether a policy is called an...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Submission to the Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

On 24 February 2016, the Australian Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee relating to the establishment of a National Integrity Commission. The proposed National Integrity Commissioner has been likened to a "federal ICAC", in reference...

Legal rights audit 2015

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg

This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the...

Bill Shorten's red tape steel protectionism worst of both worlds

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"Labor's plan to impose new regulation on steel used in government projects is an unholy alliance of protectionism and red tape", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday Bill Shorten...

Cigars and the Plain Packaging Effect

IPA REVIEW | Chris Berg

In the 176 page report into smoking produced by the Preventative Health Taskforce - which Labor used as a blueprint for plain packaging-cigars are mentioned just twice. Once, buried in a footnote to a graph showing declining smoking rates across...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into White-Collar Crime Penalties

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

On 25 November 2015 the Senate referred an Inquiry to the Senate Economics References Committee. This Inquiry, due to report in July 2016, focuses on the ‘inconsistencies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties' for...

ATO tax reporting just another case of wasteful red tape: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Australian Taxation Office's disclosure of large private company tax information does not meaningfully add to public transparency about the tax system and should be scrapped, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has...

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