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The Institute of Public Affairs examines climate change and environmental policy from an evidence based perspective. The IPA also prioritizes making rational assessments of the economics and practicalities of carbon dioxide reduction proposals. Knee-jerk government policies in response to activist campaigning can have far-reaching economic implications while achieving no environmental benefit.

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Ideology adds heat to the debate on climate change

Climate Change | Jennifer Marohasy
The Australian 29th September, 2015

For the true believer, it is too awful to even consider that the Australian Bureau of Meteorology could be exaggerating global warming by adjusting...

Walking into a climate of conformity

Climate Change | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 1st May, 2015

In 1987, the American historian and philosopher Allan Bloom wrote a best-selling book, The Closing of the American Mind. It was about the...

Great Barrier Reef: a shore thing muddied by misconceptions

Climate Change | Bob Carter
The Australian 29th December, 2014

Visitors to north Queensland who come to see the reef and rainforest are often perplexed to gaze from their hotel balconies out on to a...

Abbott will soon look like a genius for refusing to drag Australia to yet another climate fiasco

Climate Change | Tom Switzer
The Guardian 18th November, 2014

Even as he continues to win plaudits from visiting Chinese and Indian leaders, the high priests and priestesses of the fourth estate are in...

IBA climate report's 'safe environment' right is a war on democracy

Climate Change | Simon Breheny
The Australian 24th October, 2014

Climate change activists have lost the public debate and now seek to push their radical agenda outside of democratic processes. The International...

Anti-coal activism has unsound basis

Economics & Deregulation, Energy and Climate Change | Sinclair Davidson
Australian Financial Review 23rd June, 2014

The fossil fuel industry, in general, and the coal industry, in particular, has come under attack from environmental activists seeking to end...


IPA recognised in prestigious international award for work against carbon tax

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The Institute of Public Affairs' work to defeat the carbon tax in Australia has been recognised as one of six finalists in the prestigious international Templeton Freedom Award in Washington D.C. last night. The Templeton Freedom Award, which...

A review of the scientific evidence underlying the imposition of a carbon tax or ETS in Australia


On 1 July 2012 the Australian Government's comprehensive carbon tax was levied on those businesses that produce more than 25 Mt annually of greenhouse gas emissions. The evidence justifying the need for such a tax is examined using...

Submission on Australia's Post-2020 Emissions Reduction Target


For the last twenty years atmospheric methane concentrations have been subject to natural variability that is a consequence of El Nino events. Thus there is no reason to regulate methane emissions when changes in atmospheric methane...