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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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...

The assault on freedom of speech

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

In the first editorial of the earliest independent newspaper The Australian (no relation to the current iteration), barrister turned media proprietor Robert Wardell wrote that: ‘A free press is the most legitimate, and, at the same time, the...

ACMA should be shut down: Freedom of speech under threat

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"The Australian Communications and Media Authority is a threat to freedom of speech and should be shut down," said Chris Berg, Research Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, a free market think tank. "ACMA's finding against Alan Jones today...

Gambling away perspective? A review of the evidence justifying electronic gaming regulations

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson and Mikayla Novak

There is no dispute that some people bet beyond their reasonable means when gambling. But this doesn't necessarily justify government intervention, in and of itself. The extent to which governments regulate to protect citizens from themselves...

82 per cent of Australians think freedom of speech is more important than the right not to be offended

MEDIA RELEASE | John Roskam

A new poll has found that 82% of Australians think protecting freedom of speech is more important than protecting people from being offended. The poll conducted last weekend for the Institute of Public Affairs by Galaxy Research...

Libertarian escapism

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Ben Hourigan

Are you depressed by smoking cigarettes from a brown packet? Upset that the cops gave your teenage daughter a fine for not wearing a bike helmet? Try television! Its new, gentler formula is designed to ease the indigestion that comes from...

Tim Wilson mentioned in Parliament

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

The IPA's Tim Wilson is mentioned in Federal Parliament on August 24, 2011.

Andrew Bolt: Freedom of Speech in Australia - Speech made by James Allan

OCCASIONAL PAPER

The gist of my remarks were that the fight for free speech and the liberty to speak up on public issues - issues not excluding who we want to receive affirmative action or group rights-type benefits that attach only to a special few in society -...

Andrew Bolt: Freedom of Speech in Australia - Speech made by Dr David Kemp

OCCASIONAL PAPER | David Kemp

Thank you John, it's a great honour to be speaking here this evening. I regard Andrew Bolt as one of the very greatest journalists that Australia has produced for many, many years and I have no doubt that he is going to go down in Australian...

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