Economics & Deregulation

Economics & Deregulation

Economic policy research has been a core area of the Institute of Public Affairs since the IPA was founded in 1943. The IPA examines state and federal tax, spending and regulatory initiatives, looking carefully at the unintended consequences of government intervention in the economy. Of particular interest are tax reform, government spending, industrial relations, trade liberalisation, economic freedom, physical and intellectual property rights and regulation.

Sub-topics of Economics & Deregulation


Labor costings pass, but scare tactics detract

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 27th June, 2016

The ALP have just released their budget costings document. I have mixed feelings - on the one hand it is a necessary feature of "democracy by...

Digital economy offers wealth of opportunity

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 27th June, 2016

Australia needs simpler, more flexible rules and regulations to become more agile in a digitally disruptive world. With the click of a button, or a...

Red tape the big hurdle for the mining industry

Economics & Deregulation | Darcy Allen
The West Australian 24th June, 2016

This week the Mining Business Outlook 2016 by Newport Consulting outlined the challenges and opportunities facing 50 of Australia's most prominent...

It's time to kill parallel import restrictions

Economics & Deregulation | Evan Mulholland
Crikey 23rd June, 2016

Abolishing parallel import restrictions on books isn't neoliberal ideology, as Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan and Magda Szubanski claim - it is...

Why there is too much bipartisanship in this campaign

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 17th June, 2016

The 2016 election campaign provides slim pickings for anyone who thinks taxes should be lower, red tape should be cut, or an employee should be...

Minister loss is a perfect chance to cut red tape

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Mercury 17th June, 2016

The departure of state red tape reduction minister Adam Brooks presents a golden opportunity for the Tasmanian Government to revitalise regulatory...


Miners identify red tape as major development roadblock

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A new survey of Australian mining industry sentiment indicates that red tape remains one of the major obstacles to mining growth and development, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Newport Consulting Mining...

Ten red tape initiatives for the next Australian government

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Mikayla Novak

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only...

IPA: 10 ways for politicians to cut red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian economy is shackled by red tape, and our politicians must respond to it if they want growth in our economy," says Darcy Allen, Research Fellow at the free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the IPA has...