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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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Sydney Heartland Conference 2010

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Alan Moran

Address to the Heartland Institute by Alan Moran.

Presentation to the AEF Conference

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alan Moran

Alan Moran's presentation to the AEF Conference in Brisbane on 17 October 2010.

Electricity prices skyrocket around Australia

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Electricity prices in parts of Australia have increased at nearly four times the rate of inflation over the last 5 years according to new research released today. New analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data, by the free market think tank...

Submission to the Queensland Government on its Proposed Gas Reservation Policy

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

Queensland's reserves of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) are a major asset. Development of the gas may have been assisted by regulations that require 13/15 per cent of electricity in the state to be generated by gas. Some deposits may also benefit from a...

The Costs to Australia of Renewable Energy

SUBMISSION | Alan Moran

There can be few other cases in the history of modern economies where governments have taken action deliberately to increase the costs of production in their economies on the scale being contemplated with the Renewable Energy proposal. I n the...

Climate Change: China's approach

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alan Moran

In November 2008, Dr Alan Moran, Director of the IPA's Deregulation Unit travelled overseas to get on-the-spot looks at the international policy climate for global warming mitigation strategies. This second part looks at China. (The first part, on...

Japan and Global Warming Policies

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Alan Moran

In November 2008, Dr Alan Moran, Director of the IPA's Deregulation Unit travelled overseas to get on-the-spot looks at the international policy climate for global warming mitigation strategies. This first report looks at Japan. Japan has not...

Who should take the blame for the biofuels tragedy?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

In Mexico early last year, 75,000 people took to the streets in protest of the increasing cost of basic grain, in what were branded the ‘tortilla riots.' In March 2008, there were food riots in Egypt. And in April, Haitians rioted over the...

Federal government ads misleading on climate insurance cost

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In order to prepare the nation for the introduction of the ETS, the federal government has begun a large advertising campaign to argue that, without action, climate change will have a significant economic impact. In particular one of their most...

Climate change is not our #1 problem

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John-Paul Fenwick

It is easy to forget that climate change is not the only issue facing the world today. In ignoring other problems we run the risk of introducing inefficient solutions that make other problems worse. A good example is the promotion of biofuels...

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