About Chris Berg

Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He is a regular columnist with ABC's The Drum, and an award-winning editor of the IPA Review.

Address to the Pastoralists and Graziers Association 2016 Annual Convention by Chris Berg

Address to the Pastoralists and Graziers Association of Western Australia 2016 Annual Convention Friday, 2 September 2016 at Crown Perth, Burswood Australia is a country with enormous potential. We have some of the most productive and technologically advanced primary industries in the world. While agriculture is only 2.3 per cent of GDP, Australian agriculture produces [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

IPA urges Minister Frydenberg to stay the course on anti-lawfare legislation

‘Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg should make repealing Section 487 of the EPBC Act a priority,’ said Daniel Wild, Research Fellow with the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Recent comments by Minister Frydenberg, reported by the Courier Mail on 28 July, suggests the Government may not re-introduce legislation that would [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Red tape review welcome, but more to be done

“The recently announced Small Business Regulation Review is an overdue and welcome initiative by the Victorian Government to cut the red tape that is strangling the Victorian economy,” says Evan Mulholland from the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. This announcement follows the tabling of the Victorian Auditor General’s Office audit ‘Reducing [...]

By | July 28th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Red tape the big hurdle for the mining industry

This week theMining Business Outlook 2016 by Newport Consulting outlined the challenges and opportunities facing 50 of Australia’s most prominent mining leaders. The report demonstrated beyond a doubt that cutting unnecessary red tape on mining is essential if governments are concerned about the future growth and prosperity of Western Australia. A quarter of respondents to [...]

By | June 24th, 2016|Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Australia isn’t immune to the Brexit debate

OPINION By Chris Berg The European Union represents the worst inclinations of modern government - heavily bureaucratic, deliberately undemocratic, meddling and interventionist. Australian policymakers should not imagine that British discontent with Brussels has no lessons for them, writes Chris Berg. It is not always a good idea to draw an opinion on the domestic affairs [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Opinion pieces|0 Comments

We don’t just need to cut red tape – we need to know if we are fixing the problem

A report by the Victorian Auditor-General last week pointed out a fundamental problem with red tape reduction programs – no one checks afterwards whether it made a difference or not. The report found that while the Victorian government has reduced “red tape” as an entity there has not been any study into whether it has [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Worsening red tape harming Queensland’s economy

A survey of Queensland resource company CEOs which shows concerns about harmful red tape at a near-five year high should be a wake up call for the Queensland and Commonwealth governments", said Chris Berg, senior fellow at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The survey, published by the Queensland Resources Council [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Budget allocates over 800 million dollars for more red tape: IPA

The Commonwealth budget allocates over $800 million in additional funding to big regulators to create more red tape, according to free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. "Handing more money to regulators such as the ATO and ASIC will only worsen our red tape problem," says IPA Research Fellow Darcy Allen. "A new [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Bill Shorten’s red tape steel protectionism worst of both worlds

"Labor's plan to impose new regulation on steel used in government projects is an unholy alliance of protectionism and red tape", said Chris Berg, Senior Fellow at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. Yesterday Bill Shorten released a six-point plan for the steel industry which would create new regulations on steel used [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Media releases|0 Comments

Submission to Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016

The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Media Reform) Bill 2016 is welcome not just because it clears up two of the most archaic regulatory controls on the media, but also because it goes a long way to abandoning one of the core beliefs that has characterised media regulation in Australia: the idea that the government should seek [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Submissions|0 Comments