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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Real conservatives

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam

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...

Enemies of free speech

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | David Kemp

Infringements on freedom of speech are hard to justify, and they should be. The public debate that grows out of freedom of speech is the fundamental social process we use in a democracy to get things right-to sort out the good arguments from the...

Top 20 pro-freedom films you must see

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE

Australia's helmet law disaster

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Luke Turner

Australia is one of only two countries in the world with national all-age mandatory bicycle helmet laws (MHLs). Introduced by state and territory governments under threat of cuts to federal road funding in the early 1990s, the idea that it should...

We will not submit

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

The Finkelstein Report into Media and Media Regulation is not just a massive threat to freedom of the press. It's also a blatant attack on free speech. It's remarkable that in the twenty first century, in a liberal democracy like Australia, that a...

Howard's fault?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

The Slap is full of swearing. As Danielle Williams, the Book Club Leader at the Sydney Writers' Centre, advised potential readers ‘if you're easily offended by swearing (and real swearing!) then this isn't for you'. She explained that most...

Free market solutions to poverty

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

Over the past two decades, much has been made of so-called ‘market-based' solutions to extreme poverty. The prevailing view is that poverty alleviation schemes premised upon market forces, such as micro finance, offer additional benefits in...

The Finkelstein Report into Media and Media Regulation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

The Finkelstein Report into Media and Media Regulation Licensing, censorship and accountability

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