Recent publications in IPA Review article

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A world without cultural appropriation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Bolt

Author Lionel Shriver raised a lot of controversy at this year's Brisbane Writers' Festival for launching a defence of cultural appropriation. She argued that authors should be able to borrow the experiences of people from other cultures to inform...

The rise of identity politics

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Elle Hardy

The charge of cultural appropriation was brought, and the students at Ohio's prestigious Oberlin University soon became international news. They were protesting that the campus cafeteria had bastardised Vietnamese culture, serving up a ciabatta...

Volunteerism and civil society

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Michael Husek

The principles of civil society are at the heart of Australia's social fabric. Throughout history, Australians have exemplified an altruism and generosity that has enriched our public life and supported the most vulnerable members of our...

Champion of liberalism

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | David Kemp

On 30 March 2016 at the Elizabeth Couchman Hall in Melbourne, the Young Liberal Movement (Victoria) held the inaugural Sir George Reid Lecture entitled ‘George Reid: Champion of Liberalism' delivered by the Hon. Dr David Kemp. The following...

Bourgeois Equality

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Patchy signs of economic recovery in Australia and the rest of the Western World aside, these last few years could be best described in economic terms as a persistent ‘Great Exhaustion'. The uninspiring tale of the tape can be gleaned from...

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...

That was right

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Robert Menzies

Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke at the Athanaeum Club in Melbourne for an IPA members function. More than sixty years...

The case for personal income taxation cuts

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

Tax reform would benefit by following one simple motif: don't tax what you want more of. It follows that cutting income tax rates should be a boon for the Australian economy-freeing up labour markets, incentivising work, and stimulating...

Lessons from private cities

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

Cities are complex creatures in constant flux. Some cities grow and thrive, while others wither and die. A tussle between top-down regulation (by governments) and bottom-up decision-making (by individuals) makes cities difficult to plan. City...

New Money

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen

When governments lavishly print money, citizens are helplessly left watching their savings erode. This is the cost of centralised government monopoly over currency. But cryptocurrencies, such as the burgeoning bitcoin, have set out to solve this...

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