Recent publications

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Hazelwood closure a disaster for Victoria and Australia

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The confirmation today that French energy company Engie will close Victoria's Hazelwood power station in March 2017 and also try to sell Loy Yang B, will have serious consequences for electricity prices and security, according to free market think...

Default superannuation - let all Australians choose

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

All Australians should have the freedom to choose their superannuation fund according to a submission to the Productivity Commission's Superannuation Default Model Inquiry by free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "There should be...

IPA welcomes PM support for inquiry into 18C

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs today welcomed the Prime Minister's comment that a parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 would be a "reasonable" way of having an "open and calm,...

Submission on alternative superannuation default models

SUBMISSION | Brett Hogan

The Institute of Public Affairs believes that superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and choice, as well as the appropriate role of government and its regulatory...

IPA: Environmental lawfare has cost the economy up to 1.2 billion

MEDIA RELEASE | Daniel Wild

The Turnbull government is right to act to repeal section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, which has enabled environmental groups to delay and disrupt major projects through legal challenges, according to...

The culture of freedom: New book by Dr Kevin Donnelly AM

MEDIA RELEASE | Kevin Donnelly

The Institute of Public Affairs Foundations of Western Civilisation Program aims to defend and extend Australians' understanding of the influential, historical role of the West in establishing many of the liberties enjoyed by members of our...

Submission to the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory

SUBMISSION | Andrew Bushnell

The central contention of this submission is that while there is rightly significant community concern about the operation of youth justice facilities in the Northern Territory, this concern should not be used to indict the entire youth justice...

How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly...

Submission to the Inquiry into the impact of the Government's Workplace Bargaining Policy

SUBMISSION | Aaron Lane

Enterprise bargaining requires negotiation from both sides. The government's policy provides the flexibility for this to occur on the employer side. This is in stark contrast to the public sector unions' bargaining policy, which, as the IPA...

Senate coal closure committee a dangerous political stunt

MEDIA RELEASE | Brett Hogan

The decision by the Greens and the ALP to establish a Senate Committee to investigate the closure of Australia's coal-fired power stations is a dangerous political stunt that may have significant ramifications, according to free-market think tank...

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