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The Economic, Technological and Regulatory Impact of Wind Turbines

SUBMISSION | Michael Petrut

Contrary to the claims of the renewable energy industry, wind power is not an efficient or effective source of clean energy. This submission argues: Wind power has been shown to drive up the cost of electricity. The tax dollars required to pay for...

Submission to Select Committee on Wind Turbines


This submission addresses the peculiar design of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme and in particular the impact of wind farms on other conventional electricity generators when considering "whole of life operation", often discussed as...

74 per cent of businesses report government regulation is hurting them

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

"Today's ACCI business survey confirms the IPA's warnings that excessive red tape is strangling the Australian economy. More needs to be done to reduce the compliance burden on Australian businesses," says James Paterson, Deputy Executive Director...

Federal government must clarify freedom of speech proposals

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The federal government must rule out further restrictions on freedom of speech," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday delivered a...

New poll reveals Australians believe free speech under threat

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

Australians believe that freedom of speech is the human right most under threat today in Australia, a new poll has found. Asked to choose which right they felt was most under threat, 39 per cent of Australians chose freedom of speech. "With...

Innovation strangled by red tape

SUBMISSION | Darcy Allen and Jason Potts

Recent IPA research has demonstrated that business entry rates in Australia have been in steady decline for the previous decade to June 2014. This falling business turnover signals a decline in Australian dynamism and entrepreneurship. It is...

IPA welcomes government review of teacher education as a victory for back-to-basics teaching


"Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne's announcement to overhaul teacher education and strengthen standards is a victory for Australian students", says Hannah Pandel, Research Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public...

Investments in limbo and at risk

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The first job of the Palaszczuk government, once formed, must be to restore business confidence or risk losing major projects such as the Carmichael coal mine, which has the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs and $22 billion in taxes and...

Bipartisan human rights report shows Abbott government must support free speech bill

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"There is no excuse for the Abbott government to not support the Racial Discrimination Amendment Bill 2014," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Today the...

New research shows benefits of hostile senate: Pages of legislation passed declines by 43 per cent over 2 years

MEDIA RELEASE | James Paterson

The hostile Senate has helped slow the growth of government in Australians' lives, with the number of pages of Commonwealth legislation being passed declining for the second year in a row, according to new research released today by the Institute...

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