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


After Brexit, Anglo-Oz relations can flourish

Economics & Deregulation | Matthew Lesh
Spiked 12th October, 2016

Australia's cultural, social and political history is entwined with Britain's. We share a language, the Westminster democratic system, the common...

Federal spending a dangerous drug of dependence

Economics & Deregulation | Brett Hogan
Australian Financial Review 22nd September, 2016

While the deal struck last week between the government and opposition to get $6.3 billion of savings over four years through the Parliament is...

How to defuse the authoritarian populist timebomb

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 17th September, 2016

It is no foregone conclusion that simply giving government more power and money will fix income inequality. Adam Smith once wryly said "there is a...

The Turnbull government backs an unprincipled purpose of super

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 9th September, 2016

On Wednesday the Turnbull government released draft legislation to bring some of its superannuation promises into law. These changes are not the...

A shift in monetary policy won't work miracles

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 5th September, 2016

A nominal GDP target for central banks isn't without merit, but a monetary fix won't be a cure-all for our economic problems. Given these chaotic...

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...


IPA welcomes Senate Select Committee on red tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs welcomes Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm's establishment of a Senate Select Committee into Australia's red tape problem. "Red tape is Australia's most pressing economic challenge....

Proposed superannuation objective should be revised or scrapped


The Australian Government's proposed objective that the superannuation system ‘provide income in retirement to substitute or supplement the Age Pension' should be revised or scrapped, according to free market think tank the Institute of...

Superannuation changes a welcome start but policy direction still wrong


Amendments to the Australian Government's proposed superannuation reforms are a welcome start but the total package is still pointing in the wrong direction, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "The Turnbull...