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A core focus of the Institute of Public Affairs is examining paternalist government regulation. Much contemporary social regulation is designed to shield individuals from voluntary risk-taking behaviour. However, having the government assume the role of risk manager is damaging to the principle of individual responsiblity.

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Is the nostalgia surrounding the Button Steel Plan misguided?

Governance & Service Provision and Nanny State | Julie Novak
Online Opinion 23rd September, 2011

In late August, BlueScope Steel announced it would close a blast furnace in Port Kembla and a hot strip mill in Hastings, southern Victoria, as...

Have the media watchers undermined press freedom?

Ideas & Liberty, Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit and Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum Opinion 21st September, 2011

It's not hard to see where the media inquiry is headed. The terms of reference were released last week. The inquiry will look at "the effectiveness...

The Government's costly mining mistake

Governance & Service Provision and Nanny State | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum Opinion 7th September, 2011

The first mistake the Gillard Government made was on the mining tax. The Rudd government had come undone by an audacious tax grab and Gillard...

Communications regulation is a dog's breakfast

Nanny State | Chris Berg
The Drum Opinion 6th September, 2011

The way we regulate media and communications is a dog's breakfast. That judgment has been blindingly obvious for more than a decade now. But it has...

Union tax plan a recipe that will weigh us down

Economics & Deregulation and Nanny State | Julie Novak
The Canberra Times 1st September, 2011

The ACTU doesn't deliver the full picture on how much we're taxed. The ACTU's recipe for national taxation reform will merely serve to weigh down...

Equality for all couples won't destroy society

Ideas & Liberty and Nanny State | Tim Wilson
The Weekend Australian 23rd July, 2011

The extension of marriage to same-sex couples needn't come at the expense of a stable society or religious human rights. In its fashionably early...

IPA: 'we have not been missing in action'

Ideas & Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Nanny State | James Paterson
Crikey 30th June, 2011

In Crikey yesterday Guy Rundle pointed out that the IPA has been the leading critic of nanny state proposals that try to tell Australians what to...

Government bully girls are just as bad as bully boys

Ideas & Liberty and Nanny State | Julie Novak
The Punch 16th June, 2011

In her recent contribution to the Punch, Tanja Kovac illuminates her readers with a startling observation. That the Institute of Public Affairs is...

Ad ban on junk food no solution

Nanny State | James Paterson
The Courier Mail 27th May, 2011

A RECENT report from the Obesity Policy Coalition called for draconian restrictions on advertising so-called "junk food" on television at any time...

Simon Chapman is blowing smoke on smoking

Nanny State | Julie Novak
The Drum 26th May, 2011

The public debate about smoking in a free society has reached fever-pitch since the federal government announced its plan for olive green plain...

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