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


Micro-parties tap into dissatisfaction

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 8th April, 2014

The 2013 federal election was a remarkable election, and Saturday's Western Australia Senate re-run has confirmed just how remarkable. In...

Abbott must be wary of faint-hearts

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 28th March, 2014

Tony Abbott has a problem. And that problem is his cabinet. Not every one of his 19 cabinet ministers is as committed to economic reform or to...

Combatting the cyberbully myth

Ideas & Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Age 23rd March, 2014

Why do we keep telling children that the law cannot protect them against severe cyberbullying? Time and time again politicians and the press claim...

Academics against The Don

Ideas & Liberty | Richard Allsop
The Spectator 22nd February, 2014

Don Bradman was ‘peculiar'. That is the startling finding of a pair of Monash University academics. Of course, anyone with even the vaguest...

No minister would be the best plan

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 14th February, 2014

Given that successive Coalition and Labor industry ministers have spent the past 30 years doing basically just one thing, deciding how much money...

Divining the meaning of elections is a mug's game

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 12th February, 2014

What does the Griffith by-election mean? What is its deeper, broader significance for the trajectory of the Abbott Government, and, through it,...


2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index Factsheet



2014 IPA Economic Freedom Index


Research Paper

The Dirty Dozen


A great idea can change the world. But so can a terrible one. And all ideas need their advocates. In this list we've chosen the dirty dozen of Australian opponents of freedom: the most energetic, aggressive, influential, and outright offensive...