Economics & Deregulation

Economics & Deregulation

Economic policy research has been a core area of the Institute of Public Affairs since the IPA was founded in 1943. The IPA examines state and federal tax, spending and regulatory initiatives, looking carefully at the unintended consequences of government intervention in the economy. Of particular interest are tax reform, government spending, industrial relations, trade liberalisation, economic freedom, physical and intellectual property rights and regulation.

Sub-topics of Economics & Deregulation


Best Way To Make Markets More Competitive Lies In Legislating To Cut Red Tape

Economics & Deregulation | Morgan Begg
The Australian 12th May, 2017

Competition is a natural feature of a free market. The idea that the way to increase competition is to strengthen competition laws is naive and...

No Contest Of Ideas Just A Grubby Fight For Votes

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
The Australian 12th May, 2017

For years, legitimate questions have been raised over what the modern Labor Party stands for. Following the 2017 budget, those same questions now...

This Budget Ends The Liberal Age

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 12th May, 2017

Maybe it's time to acknowledge what in recent years has become obvious, and what was confirmed on budget night. A unique period in Australia's...

Let's Put People In Charge Of Their Own Super

Economics & Deregulation | Brett Hogan
The Spectator Australia 5th May, 2017

Imagine if your boss called you into their office to tell you they had decided who you could bank with. Or your private telephone or electricity...

Reality Is 'The Rich' Do Pay Their Fair Share

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
Daily Telegraph 4th May, 2017

It is pre-budget silly season again. You know, the time of year when we get to hear all of the good -reasons why government should spend more...

GST Change Is A Plain And Simple Tariff, Scott Morrison

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Australian 11th April, 2017

This article was originally published by Sinclair Davidson and Chris Berg. The Turnbull government's proposal to eliminate the $1000 threshold...


IPA: LNP Leading Australia With Red Tape Reduction Plan


The Queensland Opposition's plan to cut red tape by committing to a 20% red tape reduction target is a strong policy. However, more should be done such as through implementing a one-in-two-out approach to regulatory reduction, according to free...

IPA: Bank Tax Is An Arbitrary Abuse Of Government Power

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

"The bank tax is an unconscionable violation of the Coalition government's low tax principles. All taxes are paid for by workers, consumers, and shareholders. The bank tax is no exception. It must not go ahead," says Daniel Wild, research fellow...

IPA: Turnbull Government Makes Wrong Choices On Taxes And Spending


"This Budget lacks the ambition needed to fix the deep structural problems with our national economy and finances. Taxes will continue to rise, and government will remain too big", said Daniel Wild, research fellow with the free market think tank...