Recent publications in IPA Backgrounder

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Sydney Heartland Conference 2010

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Alan Moran

Address to the Heartland Institute by Alan Moran.

Nanny State Polling Data

IPA BACKGROUNDER

Full data from the Nanny State polling conducted by Galaxy Research on behalf of the IPA.

A letter from Kelvin Thomson MP

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Kelvin Thomson

A letter from Kelvin Thomson MP on the politics of climate change.

Unbinding Book Barriers: Why Australia should scrap parallel import restrictions on books

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Tim Wilson

The Productivity Commission is considering whether to liberalise Australia's parallel import restrictions for books. Unbinding Book Barriers finds that prices of books could fall by more than 30 per cent, without harming authors, Australian...

Undermining Mitigation Technology: Compulsory licensing, patents and tariffs

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Tim Wilson

The incentives to develop the technologies to reduce global CO2 emissions are being undermined. Internationally, a campaign is being run to undermine the intellectual property that incentivises research and development on CO2 mitigation...

Policy without Parliament: the growth of regulation in Australia

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Chris Berg

This year, there will have been more legislation and regulation imposed in Australia than any other year in history. Furthermore, federal regulatory agencies have grown dramatically in the last decade. The budget and staff of the three major...

HIV/AIDS medicines for all?

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Tim Wilson

There are few more important issues facing developing nations than the HIV/AIDS crisis. HIV/AIDS destroys lives, consumes scarce resources, and provides yet another unneeded brake on the path to growth for many developing nations. The developed...

Victoria's Public Transport: Assessing the results of privatisation

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Richard Allsop

In April 1997, the Kennett Government announced that Victoria's public transport services would be privatised. Based on the evidence in this landmark study, Melbourne's public transport system can be judged as a reasonable success. On the basis of...

Fixing the Crisis: A fair deal for homebuyers in WA

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Alan Moran and Louise Staley

Planning policies, more than any other factor, restrict the capacity of first home buyers, and other less advantaged groups, from achieving a goal of home ownership. Current planning orthodoxies inflate urban land prices and discriminate against...

Back to Basics: Why government funding of science is a waste of our money

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Sinclair Davidson

The notion that throwing an infinite amount of money at public research will somehow, at some time, automatically lead to some benefit is a myth. The government spends a substantial amount on public science and innovation. It is not clear that any...

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