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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Toxic Greens

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Darcy Allen and Daniel Wild

Earlier this year in central Victoria, an orchid stopped a gold mine. The plant was growing seven kilometres away from the proposed mine site-a treeless, badly eroded 15 hectare block grazed by sheep for more than a century. But the three miners...

Taming the Final Frontier


On November 25 last year, Barack Obama signed what one commentator described as ‘the most sweeping legislative recognition of property rights in human history'. The cause for such a grand claim? The US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness...

Default superannuation - let all Australians choose


All Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund according to a submission to the Productivity Commission's Superannuation Default Model Inquiry by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "There should be...

Submission on alternative superannuation default models

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

The Institute of Public Affairs believes that superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and choice, as well as the appropriate role of government and its regulatory...

IPA: Environmental lawfare has cost the economy up to 1.2 billion


The Turnbull government is right to act to repeal section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, which has enabled environmental groups to delay and disrupt major projects through legal challenges, according to...

How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs


Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly...

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...

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