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.

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The Biggest Vested Interest of All: How Government Lobbies to Restrict Individual Rights and Freedom

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

The Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan wrote in The Monthly in March 2012 that: Australia's fair go is today under threat from a new source. To be blunt, the rising power of vested interests is undermining our equality and threatening our democracy. But...

IPA FreedomWatch Factsheet: The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Simon Breheny

The Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 makes a number of significant changes to anti-discrimination law in Australia.

Delingpole Press Council ruling shows threat to free speech

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

The Australian Press Council's ruling against an article by journalist James Delingpole is yet another example of why the APC cannot be trusted with statutory powers, says John Roskam, executive director of the free market think tank, the...

A 'nudge' in the wrong direction

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Nick Evans

Like many sinister concepts, the idea of governments ‘nudging' people may seem on first glance somewhat innocuous. Rather than relying on coercion such as using bans, fines and regulation to achieve social change, nudge employs a supposedly...

The economics of food

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Bolt

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...

The big government merry-go-round

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Andrews

Unintentional self-parody has long being a forte of governments around the world. Yet a movement in recent years to create multi-layered government and quasi-governmental agencies, each existing simply to lobby each other to in turn lobby other...

The life and times of the modest member

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

The publication of this new biography of legendary anti-tariff campaigner, Bert Kelly, is particularly timely. For it was fifty years ago, in late 1962, that the Australian policy of ‘protection all round', sometimes dubbed McEwenism,...

The ghost written article the government wanted us to publish

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says this article, secretly written by his department and offered to the IPA Review, is ‘a huge improvement on the rubbish they normally print'. We thought we'd print this...

Why the press gallery failed us, and why they will again

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam and James Paterson

One of the most revealing stories in modern Australian politics comes from James Button-a speechwriter for Kevin Rudd for a short time in 2009. Button's recent and fascinating book, Speechless: A year in my father's business, details the now...

Should government force companies to be responsible?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Kesten Green

Since at least the 1960s, advocates have called for firms to be socially responsible. Governments have responded. But what does it mean for firms to be socially responsible? And do government subsidies and regulations help? Calls for firms to be...

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