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

News

Still a strong case for keeping privatisation in the reform tool kit

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 22nd August, 2016

Despite recent concerns raised by the head of Australia's competition watchdog, privatisation remains a viable reform option. Even though it has...

Annastacia Palaszczuk and the latest city-country divide

Economics & Deregulation | Evan Mulholland
The Spectator Australia 19th August, 2016

Nothing reveals the clear divide between inner city and regional Queensland than the long, tumultuous history of land clearing. The Palaszczuk...

Red tape is strangling Australia's primary resources industries

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
The Australian 15th August, 2016

The Palaszczuk government's proposed changes to native vegetation laws demonstrate how Australia's economic growth and prosperity is being held...

ABS census farce reminds us statistics are the 'eyes of the bureaucrat'

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 12th August, 2016

In 1961, Murray Rothbard, the most important libertarian economist of the 20th century, wrote about the evils of government statistics. "Statistics...

As a rule, bureaucracy is smothering agriculture

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
Weekly Times 10th August, 2016

The Productivity Commission's call to slash red tape across the agricultural sector is exactly what our farmers need. The recently released draft...

Latest PBO costings won't hold any parties to account

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 5th August, 2016

While the Parliamentary Budget Office's (PBO) 2016 post-election report represents a massive undertaking in time and effort, it won't hold any...

Publications

Uber tax and more red tape on progress

MEDIA RELEASE | Aaron Lane

"Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian government announced that it would establish a single...

Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report of the Regulation of Agriculture

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg, Mikayla Novak and Daniel Wild

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft') on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry....

Productivity Commission Draft Report into Agriculture Red Tape Welcome

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

"Australian agriculture is worth over $50 billion each year to this country, but it is shackled by unnecessary and burdensome red tape," said IPA research fellow Darcy Allen. These comments come after the release today of the Productivity...