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


Tony Abbott talks a good game ... when he's not in power

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 27th November, 2015

Now that he's a backbencher, Tony Abbott is making some good points about how to defeat Islamist terrorism. When he delivered the annual Margaret...

Same-sex marriage: When did dissent become discrimination?

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Age 23rd November, 2015

The politics of gay marriage have shifted radically in a very short space of time. Until 2011, the Labor Party was firmly opposed to gay marriage....

When 'safe spaces' become an attack on ideas

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 17th November, 2015

There is something deeply reactionary brewing in American higher education. The events at Yale and the University of Missouri over the last few...

Loosening China's infamous one-child policy unlikely to fix gender imbalance

Ideas & Liberty | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 16th November, 2015

China's decision to relax its infamous one-child policy is unlikely to reverse its looming demographic problems, with major consequences for our...

Church Social Justice mired in strange agendas

Ideas & Liberty | Father James Grant
The Portal 6th November, 2015

The fact that Australia's mainline Protestant Churches are near collapse doesn't seem to have deterred them from aggressively pursuing a number of...

Malcolm Turnbull should avoid the seductive trap of an early election

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 3rd November, 2015

Early elections are not a good idea. Yes, they look very democratic. Who could object to a government seeking the approval of the voters, even if...


Mark Steyn to visit Australia in February 2016


The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs is pleased to announce that it will host several upcoming events featuring one of the world's leading voices for freedom, international bestselling author Mark Steyn. "Mark Steyn is one of...

Labor tobacco tax hike will hit the poor

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Increasing the tobacco excise will have a disproportionate impact on poorer Australians, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will today announce that the tobacco excise would increase...

Free speech under attack in Tasmania

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

Freedom of speech is under attack after the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commission's decision to hear the case against Archbishop Porteous. Tasmania's Anti-Discrimination Commission has decided the Catholic Church has a case to answer in...