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Economics & Deregulation / Energy

Energy is a vital area of the Australian economy, but it is constantly threatened by regulation and taxation. The Institute of Public Affairs examines the regulatory framework governing the energy sector and shows how deregulation can ensure that firms are given every opportunity to operate efficiently and that consumers receive the full benefits of a deregulated energy market. Environmental policies are also likely to challenge the vitality of this important sector.

The IPA also runs the Energy Forum, which brings together firms in the electricity and gas supply industry, all of which share a common view that privatisation and minimal levels of regulation will best serve the community. It provides a platform on which major industry leaders can test their views and subject them to informed criticism. Energy Forum papers are available here. For more information about the Energy Forum, please contact Alan Moran.

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Publications

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Submission To The Senate Economics Committee Inquiry Into The Superannuation -Objective- Bill 2016 -Provisions-

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Policymakers shouldn't be asking how the superannuation system can better support government spending, or more stringently punish those who seek to take care of themselves. It should be about how our society can encourage more people to take...

Australians don't want higher power bills from forced coal closures

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Nearly 50% of Australians would disapprove of the closure of coal-fired power plants if electricity prices were to increase by between 4 and 10 per cent the following year, according to a new survey conducted by Galaxy Research for free market...

Senate coal committee report a sellout

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The interim report of the Senate Environment and Communications Committee Inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stations is a short-sighted, ideologically motivated document, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...

IPA: Turnbull government must now end green lawfare

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

"With two more appeals against the Adani mine just dismissed, it is clear green groups are launching frivolous lawsuits aimed at fulfilling a radical left wing fantasy of shutting down the entire fossil-fuel industry." said Daniel Wild, Research...

Fracking and Gas Ban a Serious Backward Step

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The introduction today of legislation to ban the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Coal-Fired Power Stations Have a Future

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

Coal-fired power stations have an important future in Australia, provided that politicians create the right regulatory environment, according to a submission to a Senate Inquiry released today by free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Submission to the Senate Environment and Communications Committee - Ensuring a future for Australian coal fired power stations

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of...

Ensuring a future for Australian coal fired power stations

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of...

Hazelwood closure a disaster for Victoria and Australia

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The confirmation today that French energy company Engie will close Victoria's Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and also try to sell Loy Yang B, will have serious consequences for electricity prices and security, according to free market think...

Senate coal closure committee a dangerous political stunt

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The decision by the Greens and the ALP to establish a Senate Committee to investigate the closure of Australia's coal-fired power stations is a dangerous political stunt that may have significant ramifications, according to free-market think tank...

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