Recent publications in Submission

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Personal Choice and Community Impact

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg, Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Australia has a long history of paternalism. We invented the word ‘wowser' to describe everything from early closing to restrictions on mixed-sex bathing. Historically, paternalism has been justified on mixture of moral, religious and social...

Submission to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

From at least 1825, specific laws have existed to regulate trade unions, and since the passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904 (Clth), registered trade unions and employer organisations have enjoyed unique privileges under Australia's...

Submission to Treasury consultation into exposure draft of Tax Laws Amendment

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity Multinational Anti-avoidance Law) Bill 2015 exposure draft represents an important and concerning watershed in the practice of Australian corporate tax governance. The draft bill would base the...

Submission to the Legislative Council Inquiry into the Public Health Amendment

SUBMISSION | Morgan Begg

Establishing by statute a ‘tobacco-free generation' is effectively prohibition by stealth, which will separate Tasmanians into two separate classes. Prohibition is ineffective as it strengthens the illicit tobacco market, which has been...

Submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

This submission has been drafted in response to an invitation to the Institute of Public Affairs to make a submission to the Acting Independent National Security Legislation Monitor's Inquiry into section 35P of the ASIO Act. Our submission...

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2005 is an internet censorship bill. It creates a new and potentially dangerous power for courts to censor websites. This power is not proportional to the harm it is intended to...

Plain packaging myth exposed

SUBMISSION | Simon Breheny

The Australian government must recognise that the policy experiment of mandatory plain packaging of tobacco products has failed. The only reasonable course of action for the government is to pursue the repeal of the Tobacco Plain...

Submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry on Workplace Relations Framework

SUBMISSION | Mikayla Novak

This submission is directed toward one aspect of the Australian workplace relations regulatory framework, specifically the minimum wage regime. This is consistent with that aspect of the Inquiry Terms of Reference investigating ʻfair...

The Economic, Technological and Regulatory Impact of Wind Turbines

SUBMISSION | Michael Petrut

Contrary to the claims of the renewable energy industry, wind power is not an efficient or effective source of clean energy. This submission argues: Wind power has been shown to drive up the cost of electricity. The tax dollars required to pay for...

Innovation strangled by red tape

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Jason Potts

Recent IPA research has demonstrated that business entry rates in Australia have been in steady decline for the previous decade to June 2014. This falling business turnover signals a decline in Australian dynamism and entrepreneurship. It is...

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