Ideas & Liberty

Ideas & Liberty

The Institute of Public Affairs examines the philosophical and moral case for liberty. By situating current political, economic and social debate in the history of Australian and international liberalism, it is possible to shed new light on the questions of today. The Institute of Public Affairs approaches political debate firmly grounded with an appreciation of entrepeneurship, civil liberties, individual responsiblity and free markets.

Sub-topics of Ideas & Liberty


The crumbling of political process

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 29th July, 2016

An America four years down the track in which the pop star Kanye West is the Democratic Party nominee for president, and Phil Robertson is the...

Let's get fine defaulters out of our jails

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
Canberra Times 28th July, 2016

Reporting of Andrew Leigh's reappointment as shadow assistant treasurer has been dominated by the strange decision of the Labor Party to reduce his...

Britian's first post-Brexit PM Theresa May will be tested

Ideas & Liberty Herald Sun 14th July, 2016

Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister. Should we "Keep Calm and Carry On" or hit the panic button? The initial reaction from markets and the...

A Pokemon in the eye for nanny state

Ideas & Liberty | Matthew Lesh
Daily Telegraph 13th July, 2016

A new app is doing what years of nanny state programs and millions of wasted taxpayer dollars failed to do - get people outside, on their feet and...

Populism is not a dirty word

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 10th July, 2016

The political news right now is Malcolm Turnbull's tenuous hold on government. But tight elections aren't unusual. The real significance of the...

Saying you have a plan isn't enough to win an election

Ideas & Liberty | Simon Breheny
Sydney Morning Herald 4th July, 2016

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the...


Royal Commission Into Abuse in Juvenile Detention Should Put Criminal Justice Reform on the National Agenda

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The 4 Corners exposé of abuse in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory has shocked the national conscience and should raise broader questions about Australia's approach to criminal justice," said Andrew Bushnell, Research...

That was right


Th is is an extract of one of the most important speeches ever made by Menzies as prime minister. On 10 April 1954, then Prime Minister Robert Menzies spoke at the Athanaeum Club in Melbourne for an IPA members function. More than sixty years...

IPA: NSW holding cell chaos a symptom of a wider problem

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"Revelations today that Oliver Curtis is still being detained in a holding cell longer than the maximum 48 hours highlight Australia's over-incarceration problem, with millions of dollars squandered every year imprisoning people who are no threat...