Recent publications

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Uber tax and more red tape on progress

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian government announced that it would establish a single...

New Workplace Volunteer Legislation Important But Much More Should Be Done

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan and Aaron Lane

Today's announcement of new federal legislation to prohibit enterprise agreement content which restricts the ability of emergency management organisations to manage volunteers is welcome, but more significant workplace relations reforms still need...

Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report of the Regulation of Agriculture

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg, Mikayla Novak and Daniel Wild

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft') on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry....

Your Right to Work: The Employment Policy of a Truly Liberal Government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Stephen Sasse

At its heart, industrial relations law is about people, and their ability to earn an income, support a family and take greater responsibility for their own lives. In other words, employment is not about what we do - but who we are. Through work we...

IPA: Reform Workplace Relations System to Help People Into Employment

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The goal of helping people into paid employment should be the aim of the workplace relations system, according to a research paper released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). The paper, Your Right to Work: The...

Energy policy should focus on affordability and reliability

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Comments by new Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg about the reduced importance of coal in Australia's energy mix are disappointing and are at odds with the Government's 2015 Energy White Paper, according to free market think tank the...

Royal Commission Into Abuse in Juvenile Detention Should Put Criminal Justice Reform on the National Agenda

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The 4 Corners exposé of abuse in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory has shocked the national conscience and should raise broader questions about Australia's approach to criminal justice," said Andrew Bushnell, Research...

Productivity Commission Draft Report into Agriculture Red Tape Welcome

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

"Australian agriculture is worth over $50 billion each year to this country, but it is shackled by unnecessary and burdensome red tape," said IPA research fellow Darcy Allen. These comments come after the release today of the Productivity...

IPA: Youth Crime Rate Shows That Violent Offenders Must Be Detained

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

‘The recent spate of violent crime perpetrated by youths across Victoria reveals a broken and backwards criminal justice system,' said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘The...

IPA: NSW government's investment scheme to reduce prisoner re-incarceration a good idea

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The NSW Government's proposed social impact investment scheme could reduce re-incarceration numbers, crime and the financial costs associated with jail. The scheme could also improve the chances of prisoners finding work and becoming...

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