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


Rejecting a Chinese bid for land is in 'the national interest'? Show me how

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 3rd May, 2016

If it wasn't clear that "the national interest" was a pretty hazy criterion on which to deny foreign investment approvals, then Scott Morrison...

Budget must lay out a strategic plan

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 2nd May, 2016

The Turnbull government's credibility, perhaps its political survival, hinges on the forthcoming budget laying out a credible plan for lower taxes,...

'Proactive' regulation a bad idea

Economics & Deregulation | Darcy Allen
On Line Opinion 27th April, 2016

This article was written by Darcy Allen, Research Fellow, and Jason Potts, Adjunct Fellow The Australian Securities and Investments Commission...

Why anti-bank populism is a fundamental part of Australia's political culture

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 20th April, 2016

It's not really a surprise that two-thirds of voters support Labor's royal commission into banking, as the Fairfax/Ipsos poll found yesterday....

Company taxes are an expensive burden on the economy

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
Australian Financial Review 19th April, 2016

There seems to be a concerted effort to dissuade the Turnbull government from lowering the company tax rate in next month's budget. We've seen...

Reform is just hard yakka

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 8th April, 2016

According to Thomas Edison "genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration". What Edison said about genius also applies to political...


Superannuation Tax Increases to Hurt Savings


The tax increases on superannuation announced in last night's Federal Budget are bad policy and will further damage confidence in the superannuation system, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The purpose of the...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into White-Collar Crime Penalties

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

On 25 November 2015 the Senate referred an Inquiry to the Senate Economics References Committee. This Inquiry, due to report in July 2016, focuses on the ‘inconsistencies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties' for...

ATO tax reporting just another case of wasteful red tape: IPA

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Australian Taxation Office's disclosure of large private company tax information does not meaningfully add to public transparency about the tax system and should be scrapped, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....