Recent publications

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The Red Tape State

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the...

Election needs to focus on growing red tape state

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has highlighted the need to reduce the red tape burden of Government agencies. Of the 1,181 Commonwealth entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design...

IPA welcomes Victorian auditor generals report on the need to reform red tape programs

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the calls for reform of red tape reduction programs in Victoria, including improved measurement, transparency and accountability across the system. These comments follow the tabling of the Victorian Auditor...

Free speech on campus audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Matthew Lesh

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of...

Eight in 10 universities restrict free speech: IPA report

MEDIA RELEASE | Matthew Lesh

Free speech at Australian universities is under serious threat according to a new report from the free market think thank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a first-of-its-kind systematic review of university...

Red tape stifling agricultural innovation for farmers

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

The Institute of Public Affairs have welcomed recommendations by the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Industry report on agricultural innovation for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to investigate red tape requiring unmanned aerial...

South Australia's sentencing reforms are a step in the right direction: Institute of Public Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"South Australia's sentencing changes are a step in the right direction. By placing non-violent and white collar offenders in home detention, we can relieve government budgets of the high cost of incarceration", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with...

Worsening red tape harming Queensland's economy

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"A survey of Queensland resource company CEOs which shows concerns about harmful red tape at a near-five year high should be a wake up call for the Queensland and Commonwealth governments", said Chris Berg, senior fellow at the free market think...

Weekend penalty rates - businesses should decide

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The market, not the parliament or a government tribunal, should determine wages in the retail and hospitality industries according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Today's battle between Labor and the Greens as to...

The 176 billion tax on our prosperity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form...

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