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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Publications

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The Finkelstein Report into Media and Media Regulation

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

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

Letter to Stephen Conroy, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Ludlam

OCCASIONAL PAPER | John Roskam

Is socialism finished?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Bob Carr

IPA Review, Winter 1986 The salient characteristic of socialism is its lack of popular support. This is true in states like the USSR where, one observer has written, it is impossible to inject a discussion of Marxism-Leninism into a conversation...

IPA: Finkelstein recommendations must be rejected completely

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"The government and opposition must reject the outrageous attack on freedom of speech recommended by the Chair of the Independent Media Inquiry, Ray Finkelstein," said Chris Berg, a Research Fellow with free market think tank the Institute of...

Coalition's free speech reform welcome but needs to go futher: IPA launches repeal 18C campaign

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

The Coalition's announcement that it would reform the Racial Discrimination Act is an important and necessary step towards restoring freedom of speech, but should go further, said Chris Berg, Research Fellow with free market think tank the...

The Hedgehog and the Fox

BOOK | Tom Quirk

Isaiah Berlin's most quoted essay is The Hedgehog and the Fox. Berlin's biographer, Michael Ignatieff, explained that Berlin was introduced to a line from the Greek poet Archilochus at a party in Oxford in the 1930s: ‘The fox knows many...

No longer alone

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alan Moran

Alan Moran reviews Mark Steyn's After America: Get Ready for Armageddon As a modern day Cassandra, in After America, Mark Steyn sees the Western world as a crumbling edifice in which the liberties and wealth that we have enjoyed face escalating...

A history of scientific alarms

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Kesten Green

Dr Kesten Green lists the 20 most unscientific scares. There is a long and dismal history of alarming forecasts that were literally too bad to be true. But many people believed these predictions that human actions would harm the environment and...

A little less Conversation

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

It has long been the lament of academics that their self-evidently brilliant ideas and advice are seldom heeded in the ‘real' world. Nowhere is this disappointment more evident than in the field of social sciences, particularly political...

Ideology, not science

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Dr Michael Keane

The notion that freedom can be usurped under the guise of public health arouses great antipathy in many; often expressed as a frustration with the Nanny State. However, many also feel compelled to accept the advice of vocal public health advocates...

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