Ideas & Liberty

Ideas & Liberty

The Institute of Public Affairs examines the philosophical and moral case for liberty. By situating current political, economic and social debate in the history of Australian and international liberalism, it is possible to shed new light on the questions of today. The Institute of Public Affairs approaches political debate firmly grounded with an appreciation of entrepeneurship, civil liberties, individual responsiblity and free markets.

Sub-topics of Ideas & Liberty


Malcolm Turnbull Must Learn From Breitbart And Fight Culture Wars

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 1st May, 2017

Last week when he announced changes to the laws on Australian citizenship and foreign workers, Malcolm Turnbull spoke passionately about...

Locking Down Crime

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Bushnell
The Daily Telegraph 28th April, 2017

Community safety is the highest priority of the criminal justice system and the NSW government can be proud of the latest batch of crime...

We Can't Just Rely On US To Defend Australia

Ideas & Liberty | Andrew Shearer
The Daily Telegraph 12th April, 2017

The US missile strike in Syria, rising tensions with North Korea, China's creeping militarisation of the South China Sea, and recent terror attacks...

Young People Need Hope And Jobs, Not Gesture Politics

Ideas & Liberty | Brett Hogan
The Spectator Australia 8th April, 2017

Calls from two Nick Xenophon Team parliamentarians and Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan to establish a Federal Minister for Young People...

Business Bosses Hide Out In The Qantas Chairman's Lounge

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
The Australian Financial Review 7th April, 2017

Liberal Party pollster, Mark Textor recently gave a penetrating insight into the hopelessness of the policy advocacy provided by many of...

US has sent Syria a message

Ideas & Liberty | Georgina Downer
Herald Sun 7th April, 2017

There are seminal moments in a US presidency, often sadly sparked by catastrophe. Recall the Srebrenica Massacre for Bill Clinton and 9/11 for...


IPA: The New South Wales Government's Bold Criminal Justice Reforms Will Improve Community Safety

MEDIA RELEASE | Andrew Bushnell

"The New South Wales Government should be congratulated for its bold criminal justice reforms, which will improve community safety and have the potential to save taxpayers money in the longer term," said Andrew Bushnell, Research Fellow at the...

A Guide To Assigning Blame In 2017


Have a problem? Can't think of who to blame for it? Here's our guide to assigning blame in the modern day

Criminal Justice Reform - Lessons From The United States

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell

Criminal justice reform first principles • Criminal justice reform in the United States has slowed the rate of growth of incarceration, reduced recidivism, and saving money. • The reform agenda has had bipartisan input and support, with...