INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Melbourne, Australia

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The mission of Institute of Public Affairs is to preserve and strenghten the foundations of economic and political freedom.

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DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: NEW APPROACHES IN AUSTRALIA

In most universities and within the foreign affairs establishment, there is a near-consensus view that to improve development and reduce poverty, more aid money should be spent by governments and “big aid” international organizations. In Western Australia, some of the brightest young minds have taken a fresh look at development...

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IPA MAKES FREEDOM OF SPEECH LAWS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION IN AUSTRALIA

A section of the 1975 Australian Racial Discrimination Act prohibits offense, insult, humiliation, or discrimination based on race, nationality, or ethnicity; and in 2017, Australia passed the Additional Safeguards Bill to the Marriage Law Survey to punish anyone who would “vilify, intimidate, or threaten” another that holds an...

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CANADA SHOULD LEARN FROM AUSTRALIA’S FAILED CARBON TAX EXPERIMENT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in October that the nation’s provinces must implement a carbon tax by 2018 or the federal government would do it instead. In the three months since then, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an Atlas Network partner based in Saskatchewan, has led the policy debate by arguing that a...

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SLASHING RED TAPE AND BUREAUCRACY IN AUSTRALIA

The growth of government thrives on inertia. People cling to outdated regulations, sacrifice flexibility for security, refuse to change and adapt. It’s easy to grow complacent as bureaucracy and red tape inexorably grow, but a recent report by Melbourne, Australia–based Atlas Network partner the Institute of Public Affairs, titl...

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BERLIN WALL’S COLLAPSE SHOWS HOW BARRIERS TO FREEDOM CAN BE DISMANTLED

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall stood as one of the world’s most forbidding symbols of oppression. After years of losing a steady stream of defectors to the West, in 1961 the communist-controlled government of East Germany constructed a heavily guarded barrier that divided an entire city — all in order to prevent their...

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THE FREE-MARKET TRAVELER: AUSTRALIA’S THINK TANKS TO FOLLOW

Australia is a dream destination for many, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, an Atlas Network partner isn’t far. When visiting check out our featured partners, Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance , Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, and Institute of Public Affairs in this travel series edition.

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NEW BOOK EXPLAINS IMPORTANCE OF MAGNA CARTA TO MODERN WORLD

When a group of English barons revolted against King John’s arbitrary power and oppressive taxation 800 years ago, their peace negotiations resulted in Magna Carta, a document that has served in the ensuing centuries as the inspiration for countless movements to restrict government power and protect the rights of individuals. A...

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SAY GOODBYE TO AUSTRALIA’S CARBON TAX

On July 17, the Australian Senate voted to repeal the country’s carbon tax. Sinclair Davidson, Senior Fellow for Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs writes about how the carbon tax lacked democratic legitimacy, hurt the Australian economy, and did nothing to address global warming.

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THE AUSTRALIAN FREE-MARKET WISH LIST

Last year’s election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister was viewed by many as a significant U-turn away from Big Government policies. How successful has his administration been in nine months? One way to measure change is to look at the “100 Wish List” published by the Institute of Public Affairs, an Atlas Network partner based in...

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