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


Drive productivity through innovation

Economics & Deregulation | Darcy Allen
Farm Weekly 28th July, 2016

When digesting the Productivity Commission report into the regulation of agriculture, policy makers should redouble efforts to drive productivity...

Tape tangle

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
Land 28th July, 2016

Cutting red-tape by adding red-tape: failed ecological central planning continues as the NSW government changes its native vegetation laws. Under...

Why the Productivity Commission is on the money

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Queensland Country Life 27th July, 2016

Australia must reduce its farming sector red tape to better position itself as the food bowl of Asia. Australian farming businesses want consistent...

What is the meaning of Andrew Leigh's pay cut?

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
Australian Financial Review 26th July, 2016

Word is that all Labor MPs have to be a member of a trade union. It is surprising then that Andrew Leigh's union haven't been knocking on Bill...

Red tape strangling opportunity

Economics & Deregulation | Daniel Wild
Daily Telegraph 25th July, 2016

Australia is supposed to be the land of the fair go. When someone wants to take on a new challenge, most of us cheer them on. This spirit is one of...

Now not the time to retreat from health reform

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

The politically effective Mediscare campaign is a powerful reminder of Australia's growing reluctance to pursue health sector reform. With the 2016...


Productivity Commission Draft Report into Agriculture Red Tape Welcome


"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...

IPA: Superannuation Tax Hikes Should Be Replaced By Spending Cuts

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

The Turnbull government should cut government spending or delay the introduction of its proposed company tax cuts instead of increasing taxes on superannuation says Dr Mikayla Novak, Senior Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute...

Hung parliament to cost extra 1bn dollars in interest - IPA calls for PBO costing of cross-bench negotiations

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

A hung federal parliament risks a credit rating downgrade and higher interest bills on national public debt, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. ‘If Australia lost its AAA credit rating the interest rate on...