Food & Environment

Food & Environment

Australia is rich in both ecology and natural resources. The Institute of Public Affairs Food and Environment Unit seeks to determine our national and international role in feeding the world and protecting the environment. The IPA examines environmental and agricultural policies across the countries, with particular emphasis on climate change policy, water, agricultural biotechnology, resource management, and market-based solutions to environmental challenges.

Sub-topics of Food & Environment


Intent as the enemy of truth

Food & Environment | Jennifer Marohasy
Online Opinion 9th January, 2017

At the beginning of each new year, we are encouraged to make some new resolution, or other. The idea is usually to seek to improve on our current...

Local farmers, not distant regulators, are best placed to protect our environment

Food & Environment | Daniel Wild
Goondiwindi Argus 2nd August, 2016

Toobeah farmer John Norman's nightmare experience with red tape and excessive bureaucracy illustrates an issue many farmers face. It shouldn't have...

Privatise Tasmania's forests

Food & Environment | Aaron Lane
The Age 9th March, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was right last week to describe foresters as the ''ultimate conservationists''. He said he would seek to delist 74,000...

Scare campaigns aside, GST on food is a no-brainer

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment and Food | Chris Berg
The Drum 13th August, 2013

Let us thank Kevin Rudd for reminding voters that "great big new tax" scare campaigns are a bipartisan affair. The sole hook for Labor's claim that...

We need more supermarkets, not regulation

Economics & Deregulation, Food & Environment, Deregulation Unit and Food | Tim Wilson
The Australian 29th January, 2013

To drive down prices at the supermarket checkout requires more supermarkets, not more regulation. Competition tsar Rod Sims has indicated 2013 will...

Should the government restrict super-sizing junk food?

Food & Environment, Ideas & Liberty, Deregulation Unit, Food and Nanny State | James Paterson
Herald Sun 30th September, 2012

There's a lot of competition for the most stupid Nanny State proposal. But if forced to choose, plans to restrict serving sizes would have to take...


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...