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The Growth Of Federal Environmental Law 1971 To 2016


Red tape costs the Australian economy at least $176 billion, or 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Environmental red tape and regulation in particular has grown significantly in recent decades. This report provides an...

Criminal Justice Reform - Lessons From The United States

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with...

IPA research outlines criminal justice lessons from the United States

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"There are a number of lessons for Australian governments from the United States about how to reform our criminal justice systems to improve community safety," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the free market think tank, the Institute of...

Westpac Can Not See The Forest For The Tweets


Westpac's revised Climate Change Plan, which rules out funding new coal-producing regions and imposes other restrictions on lending for coal mines and power stations, is another example of Australian companies unable to see the forest for the...

Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

"The government's plan to impose GST on goods purchased from foreign online retailers is a tax increase and should be rejected by the parliament", said Dr Chris Berg. Dr Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT economists and senior fellows at...

It's The Values, Stupid

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Andrew Bushnell

Before it finally announced its intention to amend section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in March this year, the Turnbull government professed a very strong view on where section 18C ranked in its list of political priorities. Eliminating...

The New Brisbane Line

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Scott Hargreaves and Daniel Wild

In the darkest days of World War II, military planners considered falling back to protect Australia's industrial heartland in the south-east, below what became known as the Brisbane Line. Now Australia has a new Brisbane Line, stretching more or...

Trumping Architecture


A provocative speaker at the 2016 World Architecture Festival has thrown his politically correct industry into a tailspin with calls to scrap social housing, privatise public space and stop land zoning. In the speech, Patrik Schumacher, principal...

Abolish The Australian Communications And Media Authority


The Australia Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should be abolished. 1. The ACMA is a threat to free speech. 2. The ACMA's functions are redundant. 3. The ACMA imposes costs on the Australian economy. The IPA recommended abolishing the...

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