Recent publications

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New IPA Report Details Enormous Growth In Environmental Law

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

New research by the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs details the enormous growth in environmental law from 1971 to 2016. The research paper by IPA research fellow Morgan Begg shows that Federal environmental departments...

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...

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...

New IPA Video Outlines Why Environmental Lawfare Must End

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new video outlining why green lawfare by activist groups must end. The best way to do this is by repealing Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity...

Labor animal welfare policy means more red tape for farmers

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The Australian Labor Party's proposed animal welfare policy will increase the red tape burden on Australian farmers," said Evan Mulholland, spokesperson for free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. On Wednesday Labor announced its...

Submission relating to the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen

Proposed changes to vegetation management law in Queensland are burdensome red tape, an erosion of the right to property, and breach a fundamental principle of the rule of law. These changes are representative of a red tape trend in Queensland and...

Rainfall forecasts should be benchmarked

MEDIA RELEASE | Jennifer Marohasy

The Bureau of Meteorology uses general circulation models underpinned by the theory of anthropogenic global warming as a basis for its weather and climate forecasts. According to Institute of Public Affairs Senior Fellow, Dr Jennifer Marohasy,...

Recalculating the Impact of the Carbon Tax: How changes to global carbon accounting standards will wipe our household over-compensation


By the end of this year household carbon tax ‘over-compensation' will be wiped out by changes to the global carbon accounting rules used to calculate the environmental impact of greenhouse gases. The changes will: Increase Australia's...

A history of scientific alarms


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...

An unsustainable economic transformation: How Green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy


An unsustainable economic transformation: How Green groups are creating false foundations and restricting the Australian economy. Released 7 November 2011.

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