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  • Public money for public benefit, not political purposes

    30 Oct 2014

    The economic imbalance in Commonwealth-State financial relations highlighted in recent reports from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the National Commission of Audit was not... Read More

  • A Plan B for Health Reform

    28 Jul 2014

    Reform Medicare by giving individuals the choice to cash out their yearly entitlements into Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Read More

  • Foreign investors not to blame for high house prices

    10 Jul 2014

    Foreign investors and domestic investors are no more to blame for rising house prices than first-home buyers. Read More

  • Government should scrap unfair paid parental leave proposal

    07 Jul 2014

    The Abbott government should overhaul its paid parental leave in favour of a loans scheme similar to HECS. Read More

  • Driving efficiencies in the overblown public sector

    29 May 2014

    The Abbott government should introduce competitive pressures to drive efficiencies in the public sector, and introduce greater choice for customers. Read More

  • CIS response to Commission of Audit's bold recommendations

    01 May 2014

    The Abbott government must heed the advice in the Commission of Audit's report released today. Read More

  • Tax freedom: 10 April is day of fiscal emancipation

    10 Apr 2014

    Thursday, 10 April, marks the point in the calendar year when Australians are free from the burden of paying taxes. Read More

  • Crisis looms over level of state government debt

    20 Mar 2014

    While Commonwealth government net debt has increased rapidly to $153 billion over the last six years, little attention has been paid to the dramatic increase in state government debt to $43 billion. Read More

  • Implement Fiscal Commission to counter future budget crisis

    12 Dec 2013

    Australia needs to strengthen its fiscal institutions and rules, and hold government to account, to prevent a future fiscal crisis. Read More

  • The death blow to car industry assistance

    11 Dec 2013

    The departure of Holden is a clear sign that corporate welfare doesn't work. Read More

  • Cut spending to solve 'budget emergency'

    21 Nov 2013

    The Abbott government can remedy its 'budget emergency' by implementing measures that will save an estimated $20 billion a year. Read More

  • Tax reform to save Australians $37 billion

    07 Aug 2013

    Under the CIS' TARGET30 goal, taxes could ultimately be reduced by the equivalent of $37 billion a year in 2011-12 terms. Read More

  • New federal bureaucracy’s anti-dumping measures to drive up prices

    05 Jun 2013

    A new federal bureaucracy will be working hard to raise prices for Australian consumers and business from 1 July this year. Read More

  • Abolish the award system

    23 May 2013

    Awards and penalty rates are onerous, outdated and should be abolished. Read More

  • Ford closure shows subsidies a waste of money

    23 May 2013

    With news of Ford closing its manufacturing facilities, the government should stop propping up automotive manufacturers. Read More

  • Don’t raise the super guarantee rate

    26 Nov 2012

    Abandon plans to increase the superannuation guarantee’s compulsory contribution rate from 9% to 12%. Read More

  • Privatise Health in NSW or Perish

    11 Jul 2012

    With health spending set to consume the entire state budget by 2033, the NSW Government should privatise public hospital services to avoid a financial catastrophe. Read More

  • REJOICE! TAX FREEDOM DAY IS THURSDAY 5 APRIL 2012

    04 Apr 2012

    Australians have spent the first 95 days of 2012 working for the government. ‘This year, 5 April marks the first day Australians will start working for themselves, or Tax Freedom Day,’ according to... Read More

  • Scrap the government’s piggy-bank

    20 Feb 2012 | The Centre for Independent Studies

    It is better to grow the Australian economy faster today by spending on productivity-enhancing infrastructure and establishing a lower tax burden than for the government to hoard financial and other assets... Read More

  • Not much Christmas cheer as Aussies get ripped off and overcharged

    12 Dec 2011 | The Centre for Independent Studies

    Australians are being ripped off according to the report Price Drivers - Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable. Read More

  • Brace for Euro implosion - drop tax plans now

    09 Aug 2011 | CIS

    As the world economy moves towards the abyss, the Gillard government must postpone the introduction of carbon and mining taxes or risk looking irresponsible, warns The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS). Read More

  • Enough water not enough ideas, says CIS report

    31 Mar 2011

    In Droughts and Flooding Rains: Water Provision for a Growing Australia, CIS Researcher Rebecca Gill argues that we have the technology and innovation to ensure that Australia’s water resources can continue... Read More

  • Henry Review Must Target Disability Pension, Says CIS Report

    Jessica Brown | 29 Apr 2010

    The Henry Review should seize the opportunity to move Disability Support Pension (DSP) reform out of the ‘too hard’ basket, says a report released by The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) this week. Read More

  • REJOICE! TAX FREEDOM DAY IS FRIDAY, 9 APRIL

    Robert Carling | 09 Apr 2010

    Australians will spend the first 98 days of this year working for the government.  ‘April 9 marks the first day Australians will start working for themselves, or Tax Freedom Day,’ according to Centre... Read More

  • Indigenous Australians Denied Employment by Inept Polices

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 25 Feb 2010

    Indigenous unemployment is stuck at 15% while unemployment in the rest of Australia is back to 5.3%. Yet in their paper Indigenous Employment, Unemployment and Labour Force Participation: Facts for Evidence... Read More

  • No Gain in High Capital Tax Burden

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Nov 2009

    The review of the tax system currently being undertaken by Treasury Secretary Ken Henry (The Henry review) should work towards alleviating the high tax burden on capital through extending the current concessional... Read More

  • IA 118: Shock and Awe

    Robert Carling | 21 Oct 2009

    American debt brewing another economic storm: America’s massive fiscal deficit has the potential to spur a second crisis, says a new report being released Wednesday. Read More

  • A Streak of Hypocrisy

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Oct 2009

     THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR RETIREES WILL BE AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUNG TAXPAYERS: Net household saving in Australia have plunged from 12% of GDP in the 1960s to around 5% today.Borrowing to purchase... Read More

  • MAKE POLLIES PAY FOR FISCAL EXCESS

    Robert Carling | 09 Jul 2009

    Federal politicians should face pay cuts for fiscal irresponsibility as part of a radical overhaul of the Charter of Budget Honesty, according to a new paper from the Centre for Independent Studies, Fiscal... Read More

  • Federal Budget 2009

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 May 2009

    BUDGET MARKS NEW ERA OF BIG GOVERNMENT: The 2009 Budget sees the biggest increase in government spending since Gough Whitlam, according to Centre for Independent Studies’ economist, Dr Stephen Kirchner. Read More

  • REJOICE! TAX FREEDOM DAY IS THURSDAY, 23 APRIL

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Apr 2009

    Australians will spend the first 112 days of this year working for the government.  “April 23 marks the first day Australians will start working for themselves, or Tax Freedom Day,” according to Centre... Read More

  • With No Particular Place to Go: The Federal Government’s Ill-Conceived Support for the Australian Car Industry

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Mar 2009

    HOLDEN SHOULD BE ON RUDD’S AGENDA IN WASHINGTON NEXT WEEK With the US car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the Australian car industry... Read More

  • With No Particular Place to Go: The Federal Government’s Ill-Conceived Support for the Australian Car Industry

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Mar 2009

    HOLDEN SHOULD BE ON RUDD’S AGENDA IN WASHINGTON NEXT WEEK With the US car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the Australian car industry... Read More

  • MONETARY POLICY AND ‘BUBBLE’ MYTHS

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Mar 2009

    The Reserve Bank should remember the lessons of the past and should not second-guess the market on asset price cycles, says a new report being released on Thursday. Read More

  • Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds

    John Humphreys | 18 Feb 2009

    GOVERNMENT’S PLANS WILL HARM PHILANTHROPIC GIVING ‘The Commonwealth government is looking to change the rules governing charitable funds which may harm philanthropic giving and consequently, undermine... Read More

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 11 Dec 2008

    PHARMACY INDUSTRY IS ANTICOMPETITIVE AND KEEPING PRICES UP: The community pharmacy industry is dressing up anticompetitive behaviour as a public health measure. In a new report, Harmacy: The Political... Read More

  • CAPITAL XENOPHOBIA II

    Stephen Kirchner | 28 Nov 2008

    As politicians reaffirm their commitment to free trade at the G20 and APEC, they should make sure they practice what they preach.  In Australia’s case, this means reforming restrictive rules on foreign... Read More

  • State Tax Reform: Progress and Prospects

    Robert Carling | 12 Mar 2008

    State Tax Reform: Progress and Prospects: The Labor Government has set reform of federalism as one of its top priorities, arousing new interest in federal–state financial relations. At the same time,... Read More

  • Fiscal Illusion: How Big Government Makes Tax Look Small

    Sinclair Davidson | 12 Dec 2007

    Fiscal illusion is the political art of crafting tax and expenditure policies to make taxpayers think that taxes are not as onerous as they appear. In a paper being released by the Centre for Independent... Read More

  • Exploring a Carbon Tax

    John Humphreys | 08 Nov 2007

    The Australian government, with bipartisan support, has stated its clear intention to speed the transition away from carbon-intensive energy. It plans to do this by increasing the relative appeal of alternative... Read More

  • Are We All Keynesians Again?

    Robert Carling | 30 Nov -0001

    GOVERNMENT MAY BE KEYNESIANS AGAIN, BUT IS EVERYONE ELSE? Using economic stimulus to stabilise economies, was so much in vogue until the early 1970s that Richard Nixon famously declared ‘We are all... Read More