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IPA: Victorian gas exploration ban short-sighted


Today's announcement of a permanent legislative ban on the exploration and development of unconventional gas and an extension of the moratorium on conventional gas is a serious backward step, according to free market think tank the Institute of...

Triggering censorship


In October 1951 University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Charles Lowe proposed restricting the use of campus buildings for political discussions. This suggestion came after three professors, at a public meeting held at the university a month...

IPA welcomes call for Senate inquiry into 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed Senator Nick Xenophon's call for a Senate inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. "A Senate inquiry would help break the deadlock in parliament over...

Uber tax and more red tape on progress


"Victoria can legalise ride-sharing without new taxes for consumers, and without new red tape for drivers," said Aaron Lane, Legal Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the Victorian government announced that it would establish a single...

New Workplace Volunteer Legislation Important But Much More Should Be Done

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan and Aaron Lane

Today's announcement of new federal legislation to prohibit enterprise agreement content which restricts the ability of emergency management organisations to manage volunteers is welcome, but more significant workplace relations reforms still need...

Submission to the Productivity Commission Draft Report of the Regulation of Agriculture

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen, Chris Berg, Mikayla Novak and Daniel Wild

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) welcomes this Productivity Commission Draft report (henceforth the ‘Draft') on the Regulation of Agriculture and encourages the focus on the impact of regulation and red tape on this primary industry....

Submission on exposure draft of superannuation legislation

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

Superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and the role of government. Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five...

Submission to Ride Sourcing Inquiry


The IPA submits that the only objective of legislative action should be reducing regulatory barriers to entrepreneurs developing new approaches to public transport, such as ride-sharing. Currently, such an objective benefits riders and drivers...

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