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IPA: Victorian gas exploration ban short-sighted

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Today's announcement of a permanent legislative ban on 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...

Triggering censorship

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Matthew Lesh

In October 1951 University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Charles Lowe proposed restricting the use of campus buildings for political discussions. This suggestion came after three professors, at a public meeting held at the university a month...

IPA welcomes call for Senate inquiry into 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed Senator Nick Xenophon's call for a Senate inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. "A Senate inquiry would help break the deadlock in parliament over...

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...

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