The Turnbull Government Is Punishing The Poor

American lawyer and politician Gideon J Tucker once observed that ‘no man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session’. Given the ceaseless rapacity of Australian governments, one could say that truer words have rarely been spoken. We therefore should be grateful the Prime Minister has decided to delay parliament by a [...]

By |2018-03-28T12:04:11+11:00November 30th, 2017|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

New Businesses Fallen By 60 Per Cent: Government Report

A new report from the Department of Industry has found that the Australian entrepreneurship downturn is worse than previously thought. Earlier this month the IPA’s new report on entrepreneurship, Reigniting Australia’s Entrepreneurial Flame, found that there were 15,000 fewer new businesses created in 2016 than in 2003 and a fall in business entry rate of 16 per cent. This finding, which was based on analysis of the ABS business counts data, is [...]

By |2021-11-12T11:55:46+11:00November 30th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Think Long And Hard Before Banning Short Stays

As in so many industries, the so-called “sharing economy” has brought seismic change to the tourism market. The rise of platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz has seen a massive expansion in short-stay accommodation, offering guests everything from a blow-up mattress in somebody’s living room to a 10-bedroom holiday house. Consumers have been the biggest [...]

By |2021-11-12T11:55:46+11:00November 28th, 2017|Blog, Opinion pieces|0 Comments

Why Proposed ‘Reforms’ To Consumer Leases Are Just More Red Tape

New research by the Institute of Public Affairs explains why the Turnbull Government’s proposed changes to consumer lease regulation would amount to unnecessary red tape. The rental of household goods and appliances is an industry worth an estimated $596 million. Like all financial services providers, lessors are required to abide by responsible lending practices under [...]

By |2018-03-28T11:58:49+11:00November 21st, 2017|Blog, Reports|0 Comments

IPA Report: Red Tape Reaches Crisis Point In Australia

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today released a new landmark report, Barriers to Prosperity: Red Tape and the Regulatory State in Australia, authored by IPA research fellow Daniel Wild, which highlights the extent of the red tape crisis in Australia “Red tape in Australia has reached a crisis point. Urgent [...]

By |2021-11-12T11:55:46+11:00November 7th, 2017|Blog, Media releases, Reports|0 Comments

Barriers To Prosperity: Red Tape And The Regulatory State In Australia

Australia has experienced 26 years of unbroken economic growth. However, this aggregate figure masks stagnant wages growth and a deterioration in the living standards of many in the Australian middle class. The central cause of this deterioration is low and declining levels of business investment, which is approaching historic lows. Overregulation and red tape are [...]

By |2018-03-28T11:46:22+11:00November 7th, 2017|Blog, Reports|0 Comments

When it comes to red tape reduction, there’s reason to be hopeful

Last Friday night, IPA Director of Policy, Simon Breheny, appeared on Sky TV to discuss the upcoming Queensland election and some of the election commitments that had been put forward. When Simon expressed his enthusiasm and support for the State Opposition’s pledge to cut red tape by twenty percent, he was met with a range [...]

By |2021-11-12T11:55:46+11:00November 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments
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