Recent publications

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The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions.

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell and Daniel Wild

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people's lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a...

IPA research indicates need for criminal justice reform

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Australia's overuse of prison is failing to keep the community safe from crime by wasting resources that could be better spent elsewhere in the criminal justice system," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the...

Treaty

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

Debate over the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders has consumed Australia's political class for almost a decade. Ever since former Prime Minister John Howard promised to recognise indigenous Australians in the...

Construction Industry Legislation Passage a Great Result

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The passage through Parliament of a Bill to reconstitute the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a great result for employers and workers in the construction industry, as well as for the consumers who buy their products,...

Senate coal committee report a sellout

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...

IPA: Turnbull government must now end green lawfare

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"With two more appeals against the Adani mine just dismissed, it is clear green groups are launching frivolous lawsuits aimed at fulfilling a radical left wing fantasy of shutting down the entire fossil-fuel industry." said Daniel Wild, Research...

Fracking and Gas Ban a Serious Backward Step

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The introduction today of legislation to ban the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Frequently asked questions about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Question:  What was Section 18C intended to do? Answer: On 15 November 1994 in his Second Reading speech to the Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (which introduced Section 18C) the then Attorney-General, Mr Lavarch said: "The Racial Hatred Bill is...

Australia must now follow the United States and cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"Australia must follow President-Elect Donald Trump's plan to cut red tape otherwise we will be rendered uncompetitive and unable to attract global investment," said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free-market think tank, the Institute of...

Passage of registered organisations bill warmly welcomed

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The passage through Parliament of the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Bill in the early hours of this morning has been warmly welcomed by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Australia's workplace relations laws should...

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