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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Submission to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Discussion Paper 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

The future of many existing and potential Australian small businesses are threatened by thousands of pages of unnecessary red tape at all levels of government. Small businesses spend disproportionate resources understanding and complying with...

South Australian electricity price increases prove the danger of ALP's 50 per cent renewable energy target


The decision by South Australia's two leading electricity retailers to significantly increases prices from 1 July, once and for all explodes the myth that more renewables equals lower electricity prices, according to free market think tank the...

Tax, infrastructure and red tape promises put 31,000 Victorian jobs at risk

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny and Brett Hogan

"Election promises that increase taxes and red tape will have very real consequences for the Victorian economy, leading to job losses and creating uncertainty in the labour market," said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think...

Free Market to ALP: Government Spending and Private Investment Is Not The Same


The ALP's Ten Year Plan for Australia's Economy which was released today, confuses government spending with private sector investment according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "A plan for more government debt is not a...

Seafood labelling means higher prices and more red tape


"The New South Wales government's plan to impose country of origin labels on seafood in restaurants will harm competition, raise prices and add to Australia's $176 billion annual cost of red tape," said Daniel Wild, research fellow for free market...

IPA: Minimum wage hike to cost 82,000 jobs


"Today's decision to increase minimum wages will hurt the hundreds of thousands of Australians currently looking for work," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today, the Fair Work Commission...

IPA: Abolishing the minimum wage would help former prisoners find work

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

In an opinion piece published in the Sydney Morning Herald today, Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, outlines the harmful effect of the minimum wage on former prisoners trying to enter the...

The Red Tape State


As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the...

Election needs to focus on growing red tape state

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

New research by free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has highlighted the need to reduce the red tape burden of Government agencies. Of the 1,181 Commonwealth entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design...

IPA welcomes Victorian auditor generals report on the need to reform red tape programs

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

The Institute of Public Affairs welcomes the calls for reform of red tape reduction programs in Victoria, including improved measurement, transparency and accountability across the system. These comments follow the tabling of the Victorian Auditor...

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