Governance & Service Provision

Governance & Service Provision

The Institute of Public Affairs examines the the critical area of government and public sector reform, the importance of a strong civil society and high levels of social capital, and the importance of choice and competition in the traditionally government provided sectors of health and education.

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Budget a house of cards built on rubbery numbers


‘The Rudd government's third budget is a house of cards built on a series of heroic assumptions and ambitious projections', John Roskam, Executive Director of the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs said from the Federal...

Victoria 2010-11 state budget a missed opportunity for tax reform


The eleventh Victorian state budget handed down by the Bracks-Brumby governments is a lost opportunity to deliver genuine tax reductions to lock in future economic prosperity, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs....

Henry Review - The Great Canberra Tax Grab


Henry Review - The Great Canberra Tax Grab The Henry Tax Review is a recipe for bigger and higher taxing government according to the free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. According to Julie Novak, Research Fellow at the IPA, 'A...

Federal/State blame game to continue after Henry Review


Federal/State blame game to continue after Henry Review. Recommendations from the Henry Tax Review for states to abolish some of their own taxes, without giving states the power to raise revenue, are a recipe for the federal/state blame game to...

Governing in ignorance: Australian governments legislating, without understanding, intellectual property


Monday, 26th of April 2010 is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual property is one of the most poorly understood areas of public policy, but also one of the most important to understand in a knowledge economy. Yet legislators regularly...

Henry Tax Review Must Recommend Tax Cuts


Friday, 22nd January 2010 According to Australia's leading free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs, Treasury Secretary Ken Henry's review into Australia's taxation system must recommend substantial tax cuts. Henry's speech...

Hunger Strike Farmer Highlights Erosion of Private Property Rights in Australia


Tuesday, 5th January 2010 State and Federal environmental regulations are undermining property rights across Australia, according to the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. New research released today by the IPA highlights that...

A growing risk: The impacts and consequences of rising state government employment


The greatest increase in total state public sector staffing has been in the area of government administration. There is also evidence of growth in ‘back office' staff in the key service delivery areas of education, health and policing.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Stimulus Packages

SUBMISSION | Sinclair Davidson and Ashton de Silva

Australia has experienced a generation of economic reform. The Australian economy is much more resilient to economic downturns now than it has been in the past. Of course our economy is somewhat vulnerable to international events and we do not...

Tax Cuts Not Stimulus Spending


Over the course of the 2008-09 financial year the Australian Government took a series of significant fiscal policy decisions which were designed to act as an economic stimulus. This paper asks the following simple hypothetical question: if those...

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