Alexander Philipatos


Featured Publication

  • Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient 29 May 2014 | T30.10
    As the commission of audit has uncovered, the government must make significant cuts to spending to get the budget back into surplus. In the quest to find savings, the government cannot ignore the public service. For almost 25 years the…...
    As the commission of audit has uncovered, the government must make significant cuts to spending to get the budget back into surplus. In the quest to find savings, the government cannot ignore the public service. For almost 25 years the…
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Media & Commentary

  • Youth woes are structural 11 July 2014
    Much has been made of lacklustre employment levels for our youth. Last month, for example, then Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone labelled youth unemployment levels (currently 13%) 'a tragedy.' A particularly alarming graph comparing employment growth among 15 to 24 year-olds…
    Much has been made of lacklustre employment levels for our youth. Last month, for example, then Telstra chairwoman Catherine Livingstone labelled youth unemployment levels (currently 13%) 'a tragedy.' A particularly alarming graph comparing employment growth among 15 to 24 year-olds…
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  • Apply Adam Smith to dentistry to keep cavities away 27 June 2014
    Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, ‘people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.’ If alive…
    Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, ‘people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.’ If alive…
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  • Cutting penalty rates: who benefits? 13 June 2014
    The debate over whether to reduce or abolish penalty rates is often couched in the opposing interests of two groups – employers and employees. Employer groups argue that penalty rates are too high and inhibit the ability of businesses to…
    The debate over whether to reduce or abolish penalty rates is often couched in the opposing interests of two groups – employers and employees. Employer groups argue that penalty rates are too high and inhibit the ability of businesses to…
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  • Cut spending by cutting government 30 May 2014 | On Line Opinion
    Plans to double the efficiency dividend from 1.25% to 2.25% indicate the government is lazy about designing public service cutbacks. For over two decades, the federal government has looked to the efficiency dividend as a means of cutting costs in…
    Plans to double the efficiency dividend from 1.25% to 2.25% indicate the government is lazy about designing public service cutbacks. For over two decades, the federal government has looked to the efficiency dividend as a means of cutting costs in…
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  • Driving efficiencies in the overblown public sector 29 May 2014
    The Abbott government should scrap the efficiency dividend in favour of more targeted measures to drive down costs in the public service and deliver better services, says a new TARGET30 report from The Centre for Independent Studies. The efficiency dividend…
    The Abbott government should scrap the efficiency dividend in favour of more targeted measures to drive down costs in the public service and deliver better services, says a new TARGET30 report from The Centre for Independent Studies. The efficiency dividend…
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Publications

  • Budget 2014-15: Fiscal responsibility or savage cuts? 16 May 2014 | SP13
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
    The CIS analyses the Abbott government’s crucial first budget, including significant changes in the key policy areas of health, tax measures, welfare and education.        
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  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit 01 April 2014 | T30.08
    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a dual approach to its review…...
    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a dual approach to its review…
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  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit 21 November 2013 | T30.05
    The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move the budget back to surplus in the short term. The government should refocus its spending…...
    The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move the budget back to surplus in the short term. The government should refocus its spending…
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  • Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished 23 May 2013 | IA140
    Howard’s Work Choices reforms were seen by many as the enemy of the Aussie ‘fair go.’ Since then, the spectre of Work Choices has loomed large over the debate on labour market reform and created a toxic debate over the benefits and prospects of further reform. But if Australia’s economy…...
    Howard’s Work Choices reforms were seen by many as the enemy of the Aussie ‘fair go.’ Since then, the spectre of Work Choices has loomed large over the debate on labour market reform and created a toxic debate over the benefits and prospects of further reform. But if Australia’s economy…
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  • Back to the Bad Old Days? Industrial Relations Reform in Australia 06 December 2012 | PM133
    Since the Labor Government replaced WorkChoices with the Fair Work Act, many business leaders have complained that the new legislation has made the labour market inflexible and unworkable. Conversely, some union leaders have voiced their disappointment that the Fair Work Act did not go far enough in reversing the trend…...
    Since the Labor Government replaced WorkChoices with the Fair Work Act, many business leaders have complained that the new legislation has made the labour market inflexible and unworkable. Conversely, some union leaders have voiced their disappointment that the Fair Work Act did not go far enough in reversing the trend…
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  • Free-Trade Ferries: A Case for Competition 27 October 2011 | IA127
    Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable and responsible. The current state-controlled model has proved inefficient, backward looking, and costly to taxpayers. Sydney Ferries made more passenger trips in 2000–01 than in 2010–10, and has reported…...
    Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable and responsible. The current state-controlled model has proved inefficient, backward looking, and costly to taxpayers. Sydney Ferries made more passenger trips in 2000–01 than in 2010–10, and has reported…
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