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


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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...

Strangling the goose with the golden egg

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Rebecca Weisser

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system...

Superannuation changes will condemn middle class to the pension

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny and Brett Hogan

The Turnbull Government's proposed superannuation changes will condemn middle-income Australians to the Age Pension, according to a research paper released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The paper, Strangling the...

Opening remarks to Victorian Parliament ride sourcing inquiry

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg and Aaron Lane

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle...

Bourgeois Equality


Patchy signs of economic recovery in Australia and the rest of the Western World aside, these last few years could be best described in economic terms as a persistent ‘Great Exhaustion'. The uninspiring tale of the tape can be gleaned from...

Uber tax and more red tape on progress


"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....

Submission on exposure draft of superannuation legislation

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and the role of government. Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five...

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