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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Submission to the Inquiry into potential reforms of national security legislation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

The Institute of Public Affairs believes many of the national security proposals contained in the Attorney-General's Department's Equipping Australia against Emerging and Evolving Threats Discussion Paper are unnecessary and excessive. Many of the...

Be like Gough: 75 radical ideas to transform Australia

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam, James Paterson and Chris Berg

If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact - and secure his place in history - he needs to take his inspiration from Australia's most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did...

Freedom films we missed


Class in America


One of the great strengths of American society has been its social mobility. But according to the American Enterprise Institute's Charles Murray, that social mobility and the connection between average Americans and a new uber-intellectual and...

The totalitarian urge to censor

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Jennifer Oriel

Like many a journalist past, Nick Cohen has raised the battle flag against censors. The reason is simple; people who love language should never salute its executioners. Five-time author and resolute liberal, Cohen hedges his bets by writing for...

IPA says 'no secret deals' on free speech


Media executives and the federal government have no right to secretly negotiate and agree to curbs on free speech, according to the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Freedom of speech is a right that belongs to all...

Poll: Media goes too far in attacks on rich

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

A new poll conducted by Galaxy Research for the Institute of Public Affairs shows that a majority of the Australian people is fed up with attacks on rich people by the media. Galaxy asked 1,053 respondents across Australia from 15-17 June 2012:...

Real conservatives


This is a marvellous book. It has many things to recommend it. A list of the book's many merits would go something like this (in order of importance): it's interesting; it's opinionated; it's extremely readable; it explains why John Major and...

All states must follow Queensland and end native vegetation prosecutions

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The Campbell Newman government's decision to suspend investigations and prosecution under their Queensland Vegetation Management Act should be repeated around the country," said Simon Breheny, director of the Rule of Law Project at the free...

Nanny state taxes: bigger than the carbon tax and mining tax combined

MEDIA RELEASE | Mikayla Novak

Nanny State taxes raised $13 billion in 2010-11, according to a new study by freemarket think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, Nanny State Taxes on Consumer Products: Soaking the Poor in 2012. This is greater than the combined revenue...

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