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An open letter to all parliamentarians

OCCASIONAL PAPER | John Roskam

A carbon emissions trading scheme as proposed by the federal government has enormous economic and social consequences. This was acknowledged by Penny Wong, the Minister for Climate Change who last year said that responding to global warming...

ETS backdown welcomed, Climate Change Department should be scrapped

MEDIA RELEASE

The Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the Rudd Government's back down on the Emissions Trading Scheme. "The Rudd Government's decision to ‘suspend' the legislation is clearly a prelude to abandoning the proposal", said John Roskam,...

Plain packaging may require up to $3.4 billion taxpayer gift annually to big tobacco and film companies

MEDIA RELEASE

"Bad anti-intellectual property laws by State and Federal Parliaments could require taxpayers to gift up to $3.4 billion per year in compensation to film companies and big tobacco for the loss of their trademarks", Director of the IP and Free...

Keeping Super Safe

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Louise Staley

Disclosure levels by Australian superannuation funds are inadequate. Disclosure levels should meet international benchmarks to adequately protect Australians' superannuation savings. The role of some Australian superannuation industry funds as...

Mark Webber right on Australian Nanny State

MEDIA RELEASE

"Mark Webber was spot on calling Australia a nanny state. But it's set to get worse as local, state and federal governments plan to tax, regulate and ban away individual choice and responsibility on every aspect of our lives", Director of the IP...

From the Nanny State to the Bully State

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Patrick Basham

During the course of this decade we will witness a global battle over the fate of the nascent Bully State. The Bully State will be this decade's ‘bad cop' to the Nanny State's ‘good cop' of past decades. The past generation of welfare...

Hypocrisy greets (another) closure of the Collingwood Tote

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

It was hard to miss the recent closure of an inner urban Melbourne pub. For days the media at both state and national level covered the story, and even The 7.30 Report devoted several minutes to it. This particular pub had a long-held reputation...

Volume 62 Number 1

IPA REVIEW

Richard Allsop on the life of Geoffrey Blainey, Alan Anderson on the campaign to kick religion out of public life, Alexander Deane on the demise of freedom in the United Kingdom, Ian Plimer on how global warming is losing it's science and support,...

Blainey outlasts the History Wars

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

In his desire to restore the balance between white man and black man and to make up for our scandalous neglect of the Aboriginal heritage, he has at times swung too far the other way.' That is the Sydney Morning Herald criticising Geoffrey Blainey...

Rendering unto God

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Anderson

The observation that Australia's political and cultural heritage is founded on Judeo-Christian values is always sure to make an audience of Australian academics or public servants shift uncomfortably in their seats. It is puzzling that such a...

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