Recent publications

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The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Gideon Rozner

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Australian Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. The main object of the Bill is to: "...provide an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure...

IPA: Construction Costs In Melbourne Sky High

MEDIA RELEASE | Gideon Rozner

Construction and labour costs in Melbourne are among the highest in the world, second only to places like New York, according to a new research paper The Impact of the prohibitive cost of building in Victoria by the free market think tank the...

How Red Tape Almost Killed Me

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Deborah Sims

To be told you are suffering from terminal cancer is a traumatic experience in itself. Discovering that life-saving medicine is beyond your reach because of government red tape is devastating. Yet this is the reality facing so many cancer patients...

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

Hospitality and related industries suffer from red tape in many areas, including inflexible workplace relations laws, restrictive food handling and labelling regulations, and liquor licensing. This paper enquires into the state-based liquor...

Stop This Greed

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

This paper is a critique of the political claims which have accompanied the debate about multinational tax avoidance, both at the OECD and within Australia. The movement within Australia provides an example of domestic policymakers adapting...

Free Speech Not A Fringe Issue - Poll

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". "Much to the surprise of some members of the media and the political class, free speech matters," said...

IPA: Australia Must Follow United States And Cut Tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"President Donald Trump announced today that his Administration will significantly reduce red tape on job creating businesses. Australia must implement serious reforms to reduce the $176 billion cost red tape is imposing on our economy, or we will...

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety...

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology - including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators - according to a new research paper by free market think tank...

Business confidence high but small businesses know there is more work to be done

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Today's Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government...

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