Food & Environment

Food & Environment

Australia is rich in both ecology and natural resources. The Institute of Public Affairs Food and Environment Unit seeks to determine our national and international role in feeding the world and protecting the environment. The IPA examines environmental and agricultural policies across the countries, with particular emphasis on climate change policy, water, agricultural biotechnology, resource management, and market-based solutions to environmental challenges.

Sub-topics of Food & Environment


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The New Brisbane Line

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Scott Hargreaves and Daniel Wild

In the darkest days of World War II, military planners considered falling back to protect Australia's industrial heartland in the south-east, below what became known as the Brisbane Line. Now Australia has a new Brisbane Line, stretching more or...

IPA Welcomes PC Call To Cut Farming Red Tape


"The Productivity Commission's final report, Regulation of Australian Agriculture, shows that red tape is the biggest factor undermining prosperity in the agricultural sector," said Daniel Wild, research fellow with free market think tank the...

New IPA Video Outlines Why Environmental Lawfare Must End

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new video outlining why green lawfare by activist groups must end. The best way to do this is by repealing Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity...

Labor animal welfare policy means more red tape for farmers

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian Labor Party's proposed animal welfare policy will increase the red tape burden on Australian farmers," said Evan Mulholland, spokesperson for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On Wednesday Labor announced its...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Rainfall forecasts should be benchmarked

MEDIA RELEASE | Jennifer Marohasy

The Bureau of Meteorology uses general circulation models underpinned by the theory of anthropogenic global warming as a basis for its weather and climate forecasts. According to Institute of Public Affairs Senior Fellow, Dr Jennifer Marohasy,...

Consumer-driven price cuts through scale


How consumers are driving business models to deliver lower prices and improve convenience and quality.

Consumer first supermarket reform: The market, not government, knows how to best meet consumer demand

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Tim Wilson

Consumer first supermarket reform: The market, not government, knows how to best meet consumer demand

The economics of food


Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the social vibe of the place made you think it would be a great night out? They're safe...

Accountability for our aid dollar - Time to hit the pause button?


There are serious questions to be asked about the number of NGOs that actively campaign for more aid expenditure in Australia, while they are concurrently recipients of that aid. Some of these NGOs receive aid funding to engage in...

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