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Ideas@TheCentre

Ideas@TheCentre brings you ammunition for conversations around the table.  3 short articles from CIS researchers emailed every Friday on the issues of the week.

  • Stubbing out Carmen leaves smokescreen on money-go-round

    10 Oct 2014

    With so much government money sloshing around, censoring the arts for fear of promoting something unsavoury is inevitably a political decision—and one that should be seen for what it is. Read More

  • The truth about fact checkers

    26 Sep 2014

    While Fact Check has exposed some of the most egregious examples of misinformation with an appeal to official statistics, on this occasion it has inadvertently perpetuated the super fund’s tax myth. Read More

  • Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go one way (up) and that the desirability of more redistribution is a given. Read More

  • Senate voting reform won't fix the budget

    29 Aug 2014

    The permanent entrenchment of these dynamics would be harmful to the long term health of the budget, as significantly reducing government spending growth would be all but impossible. Fixing the senate... Read More

  • Sorting child protection facts from fiction

    22 Aug 2014

    Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first task for the South Australian Royal Commission will be to sort fact from fiction,... Read More

  • No crisis but DSP still needs reform

    15 Aug 2014

    Calling the recent growth in DSP a crisis is hyperbole. Two thirds of the increase has come from declining economic conditions and mistakes in Australia's income support policy framework that can be rectified. Read More

  • Why we need structural budget reform

    25 Jul 2014

    Some of the Abbott government’s challenges come from the Howard government failing to make the most of the windfall gain of the mining boom to structurally reform Australia’s budget. Read More

  • Income management is mutual obligation writ large

    04 Jul 2014

    A common objection to income management is that it makes unemployment benefits conditional and is paternalistic, but this is already the case. Read More

  • A top-heavy public service

    30 May 2014

    What can we do to stem the growth in highly-paid public sector managers and make government agencies more efficient? Read More

  • Fascinating fiscal facts

    30 May 2014

    Tax of $18,108 per capita should be more than enough to satisfy government, but government spend in 2012-13 was more than $24,000 per capita. Read More

  • Follow the French: Charge patients for public hospital accommodation

    23 May 2014

    State governments could charge a daily accommodation fee for inpatient public hospital services to show that public health services are not free. Read More

  • Gen Y to Vilma: Age pensioners are going to be just fine

    23 May 2014

    For all the posturing, it is not clear from the budget papers exactly how age pensioners are being picked at. Read More

  • Revenue to the rescue

    16 May 2014

    The 2014-15 Budget relies heavily on revenue to reach approximate balance in four years’ time. Read More

  • More aid bang with fewer taxpayers' bucks?

    16 May 2014

    The aid community has savaged the government’s decision to cap Australia’s overseas development assistance, but their claims are inaccurate and unfair. Read More

  • The looming task of childcare

    16 May 2014

    If the costs of childcare subsidies are ever going to be brought under control, there needs to be significant changes to the underlying policies Read More

  • PPL back-down: Symbolism not Budget repair

    09 May 2014

    The reduction in the paid parental leave cap in the government’s proposed PPL scheme is a largely symbolic gesture. Read More

  • Should the private health insurance rebate be abandoned?

    09 May 2014

    The private health insurance rebate levels the playing field between public and private hospitals but needs to be better targeted. Read More

  • Finding savings in education

    02 May 2014

    Government funding for schools has been rising consistently for decades, with no improvement in student outcomes. Read More

  • Puncturing our naive bubble

    02 May 2014

    We now have a choice: smaller government or bigger taxes. We can only hope the Treasurer picks the right option. Read More

  • Burned by the deficit levy to save the debt village

    02 May 2014

    Will Joe Hockey’s first budget cuts as deep and hard as the first Costello budget in 1996? Read More

  • Back to first principles on family benefits

    17 Apr 2014

    The government should not lose sight of the foundational principles involved in family benefits and welfare benefits. Read More

  • Tax Freedom Day

    11 Apr 2014

    Australians worked solely to pay taxes from 1 January this year until 22 March to pay federal taxes and then until 9 April to pay state and local taxes. Read More

  • Re-moralising the pension

    11 Apr 2014

    What was the original purpose of the old age pension and how far have we strayed from this? Read More

  • Closing the government gaps

    04 Apr 2014

    Two gaps are putting pressure on government budgets and closing these gaps will be key to addressing short-term budget problems and a long-term fiscal crisis.  Read More

  • State governments in a jobs quandary

    21 Mar 2014

    Restoring operating surpluses to the states requires tightening up on operating costs. Read More

  • Alcoa exposes false promises of protectionism

    21 Feb 2014

    With the collapse of the car manufacturing industry and the fall of Alcoa’s smelting operations, we must examine the costs of corporate welfare. Read More

  • Forget ABC bias, its crowding out that's the problem

    07 Feb 2014

    A review of public broadcasting should address what needs ABC and SBS are fulfilling, and whether they are duplicating or crowding out other providers. Read More

  • Perhaps Newstart doesn't require a new start

    17 Jan 2014

    Kevin Andrews’ idea to create multiple tiers of the DSP and Newstart would blur the necessary line between what constitutes a pension and what constitutes an allowance. Read More

  • The Senate inquisition

    17 Jan 2014

    The Commission of Audit Commissioners were subjected to an inquisition this week, before they’ve even delivered their report to the government. Read More

  • Time for a fresh look at indexation of social benefits

    22 Nov 2013

    If the Abbott government is serious about curbing government spending it cannot afford to quarantine big spending items like education, health and social security. Read More

  • Cut waste by cutting departments

    22 Nov 2013

    The duplication across state and federal governments needs to end now to bring spending under control. Read More

  • Get used to tighter budgets

    15 Nov 2013

    Government agencies like the CSIRO will have to learn to deal with leaner budgets. Read More

  • Budget realities

    01 Nov 2013

    A substantial reduction in the growth rate of Commonwealth spending cannot be achieved just by rooting out inefficiency, waste and duplication. Read More

  • Of debt ceilings and Commissions of Audit

    25 Oct 2013

    The government can’t wait for the Commission of Audit to report on the size of government, it must tackle the budget deficit now.   Read More

  • Of debt ceilings and Commissions of Audit

    25 Oct 2013

    The government can’t wait for the Commission of Audit to report on the size of government, it must tackle the budget deficit now.   Read More

  • Cut wasteful spending, not just public servants

    18 Oct 2013

    A slimmer public service means a smaller burden on taxpayers, but the method employed to cut the bureaucracy is crucial. Read More

  • America's budget road-blocks

    11 Oct 2013

    In the US shutdown, one side will ultimately have to be proven more right or more wrong than the other in the court of public opinion. Read More

  • One 'last' bailout for Holden

    04 Oct 2013

    Government should ignore calls for one ‘last’ bailout package for Holden and cut wasteful corporate welfare. Read More

  • Just how big is the national debt?

    30 Aug 2013

    The increase in debt over the past five years has far outstripped the amount of net capital expenditure. Read More

  • What a difference five percent can make

    16 Aug 2013

    Australians have to make a choice between spending more and taxing more on the one hand, and spending less and taxing less on the other. Read More

  • Co-investment is corporate welfare

    09 Aug 2013

    So-called ‘co-investments’ to the car industry are really just cash handouts and cannot be considered ‘investments’ in any meaningful sense of the word. Read More

  • Rudd's after school care cash splash

    09 Aug 2013

    Rudd’s $450 million new funding for before- and after-school care is a worrying leap away from how child care has traditionally been perceived. Read More

  • Rock off, Kevin

    02 Aug 2013

    A new National Office for Live Music is being established at a cost of $560 thousand. Read More

  • Why we should support car workers (find new jobs)

    12 Jul 2013

    Government should support workers transition to competitive industries and abolish corporate welfare. Read More

  • Freedom and smaller government

    28 Jun 2013

    The issues that we as a society face have only arisen because government has moved away from its core roles. Read More

  • Ignoring the writing on the wall

    28 Jun 2013

    The ACTU is oblivious to the fact that wage cuts in the automotive industry are a necessary part of the drive to become competitive. Read More

  • Corporate welfare still milking government cash cows

    14 Jun 2013

    Industry assistance doesn’t achieve the goals it’s supposed to, and should be reduced. Read More

  • The elusive budget surplus

    17 May 2013

    The idea that we will have a balanced budget by 2015-16 should be met with healthy scepticism. Read More

  • Timid cuts to middle class welfare

    17 May 2013

    The budget has delivered a new tax and some tinkering with the FTB system to pay for DisabilityCare instead of serious reforms to age or disability pensions. Read More

  • Tax rises are not savings

    17 May 2013

    This budget is further evidence that governments remain addicted to spending, and that is why it is time for TARGET30. Read More

  • Prospects for NDIS blowout

    10 May 2013

    The NDIS could experience average annual growth of around 8% per year, which would make the entire scheme financial unsustainable in the long run. Read More

  • How to save the health system

    03 May 2013

    Creating a health savings-based system would go a long way in solving the affordability problems facing Medicare. Read More

  • Funding students based on Indigeneity demeaning and wasteful

    03 May 2013

    The Labor government continues to ignore the overwhelming evidence that funding is not a principal constraint on Indigenous educational outcomes in Australia. Read More

  • Fiscal fixes

    03 May 2013

    Australia has a size-of-government problem rather than a revenue shortfall. Read More

  • The end of austerity?

    19 Apr 2013

    Saddling future generations with lower growth and higher taxes while they repay debts incurred to fund our short-term consumption is wrong. Read More

  • Tax freedom at last

    05 Apr 2013

    This Sunday marks Tax Freedom Day; the day in the year when Australians stop working for the government. Read More

  • What is a fair share?

    15 Mar 2013

    What does a fair share of tax actually mean? Read More

  • Promoting the benefits of smaller government

    08 Mar 2013

    Obvious areas of government inefficiency and waste should be cut immediately. Read More

  • NDIS cost blowout has begun

    15 Feb 2013

    The government is starting to buckle over the NDIS as certain groups ramp up pressure to expand eligibility for the scheme. Read More

  • Well intentioned but fiscally ludicrous

    15 Feb 2013

    Scrapping Wage Connect subsidies in favour of a minimum wage exemption should be a no-brainer. Read More

  • No need to heed the ACTU’s nonsense

    25 Jan 2013

    All businesses, whether they are receiving subsidies or not, should be free to buy from whomever and wherever they please. Read More

  • Governments aren’t economists

    25 Jan 2013

    What does the failure to achieve a budget surplus actually mean? Read More

  • Privatising public health services - sleeping giant of IR debate

    18 Jan 2013

    Microeconomic reform is essential in the public health sector to get more and better services for each health dollar spent. Read More

  • Beware of calls for a bigger GST

    07 Dec 2012

    Government must exercise restraint over expenditure. Read More

  • Making people worse off

    30 Nov 2012

    A serious attempt to reform welfare payments must be made in Australia. Read More

  • Mead: Dutiful but defeated

    23 Nov 2012

    People on welfare should never be better off than those who work. Read More

  • In Soviet Australia defence is welfare

    23 Nov 2012

    In Soviet Australia, it seems defence is welfare for some groups. Read More

  • An NDIS tax?

    23 Nov 2012

    The NDIS will start big and get bigger rapidly, and grow to become the new leviathan of the Australian welfare state. Read More

  • NDIS: The New Leviathan

    16 Nov 2012

    The NDIS will start big and get bigger rapidly, and grow to become the new leviathan of the Australian welfare state. Read More

  • Breaking the IR code

    16 Nov 2012

    Many employers are worried that increased union presence will create an ‘us versus them’ working culture. Read More

  • Four more years of Obamanomics

    09 Nov 2012

    Obama is likely to continue his big government approach, backed by new taxes. Read More

  • Smelling the fiscal rat

    02 Nov 2012

    The mid-year budget review is one of the most duplicitous acts of fiscal policy ever performed in Australia. Read More

  • Facts favour nuclear-powered submarines

    26 Oct 2012

    Australia must consider nuclear-powered submarines to get the best submarine for the money the government is willing to spend. Read More

  • Self-sustaining leviathan

    19 Oct 2012

    The welfare state has gone far beyond a ‘safety net’ concept. Read More

  • The fall in Australian poverty

    19 Oct 2012

    Getting people into the workforce rather than handing more money to welfare recipients would be a better means of addressing the causes of poverty. Read More

  • Abusing the logic of human rights

    12 Oct 2012

    Parents of school-aged children who will be moved from Parenting Payment to Newstart Allowance are not victims of human rights abuse. Read More

  • The dangerous idea of abolishing private schools

    12 Oct 2012

    Abolishing private schools is a dangerous idea. Read More

  • Fiscal discipline isn’t austerity but good government

    12 Oct 2012

    Demonising austerity will result in a continuation of the reckless government-funded spending spree. Read More

  • A new way to stymie cost reduction

    05 Oct 2012

    The Gillard government must be cautious in implementing reforms that put undue stress on balance sheets, like the proposed Fair Work Act amendments. Read More

  • The Coalition’s carbon tax compensation nightmare

    05 Oct 2012

    New government spending since 2010 could easily amount to an additional $28 billion by 2020, costs that the government can ill afford. Read More

  • Australia’s future fiscal shock

    28 Sep 2012

    New government spending since 2010 could easily amount to an additional $28 billion by 2020, costs that the government can ill afford. Read More

  • A deficit of stability and predictability

    14 Sep 2012

    The goal of achieving a budget surplus does not justify diverting every budget measure in that direction. Read More

  • The NDIS will cost $22 billion a year, says new report

    24 Aug 2012

    Given the sheer size and scope of the NDIS, taxpayers deserve to have accurate information about the overall cost of the NDIS because they will be footing the bill. Read More

  • A fair welfare system

    24 Aug 2012

    People must be helped, but the way we do it must be fair. Read More

  • For the love of gold, let’s find a better way to fund sport

    16 Aug 2012

    Rather than lining up more athletes to suckle on the government teat, we should explore innovative new funding models for sport. Read More

  • The NDIS – more cuts, less taxes

    02 Aug 2012

    What have we been paying tax for if not for the sorts of services and supports that the NDIS is supposed to provide? Read More

  • Reform NSW health

    13 Jul 2012

    The NSW Government must embrace privatisation in the NSW public hospital system. Read More

  • Shaking the 2012–13 money tree

    06 Jul 2012

    The hot topics of carbon tax and immigration have pushed social policy reforms under the radar in recent months. Read More

  • The state budget – motorways at 10 paces

    15 Jun 2012

    There are several components of the recent NSW budget that should pique your interest. Read More

  • Remember the Henry tax review?

    11 May 2012

    This week’s federal budget is evidence of just how much of the Henry review is not being implemented. Read More

  • Good and bad reasons for a budget surplus

    11 May 2012

    In an open economy with a floating exchange rate and an inflation-targeting central bank, changes in fiscal policy do not have significant macroeconomic implications. Read More

  • Government furphy on Indigenous homeownership

    11 May 2012

    It is disingenuous to ask Aboriginal people to build houses on Indigenous land without letting them access money from the new Indigenous homeownership program or giving them security of tenure. Read More

  • No more dreaming of CDEP

    04 May 2012

    Despite its good intentions, CDEP ended up hindering rather than helping Indigenous people. Read More

  • An immaterial benefit: Learning from Europe’s mistakes

    27 Apr 2012

    The European public debt crisis is a wake-up call to those who believe in running a country on ever more feel-good programs, welfare initiatives, and industry assistance. Read More

  • Celebrate tax freedom while you can

    05 Apr 2012

    If the government continues to spend big and finance it through deficits, the future tax burden may have to rise substantially to pay for a growing debt burden. Read More

  • The taxman cometh

    17 Feb 2012

    The government isn’t making any economic sense fighting against a deficit in the budget. Read More

  • New report, old story

    17 Feb 2012

    Ferry reform must happen to introduce competition into the market and lower the cost for commuters. Read More

  • Who needs a car industry anyway?

    17 Feb 2012

    Does Australia need a car industry? Probably not. Read More

  • Car industry handouts are childish

    27 Jan 2012

    Paying for an industry that can’t support itself is lunacy. Car companies need to bite the bullet and find a sustainable business model. Read More

  • Car industry handouts are childish

    27 Jan 2012

    Paying for an industry that can’t support itself is lunacy. Car companies need to bite the bullet and find a sustainable business model. Read More

  • Left or Right can find common ground

    25 Nov 2011

    It is fascinating that the more reflective elements of the Left and the (properly) liberal Right agree with each other on a major public policy issues. When there are no politics to worry about, it seems... Read More

  • New Zealand’s spending binge

    18 Nov 2011

    Despite a two-fold increase in government spending to $70.5 billion, health, education and other social indicators have hardly improved in New Zealand. Read More

  • Taken for a ferry ride

    28 Oct 2011

    A free-trade ferry system in Sydney would provide faster ferries and save NSW taxpayers money. Read More

  • 1 for the nanny state, 0 for commonsense

    14 Oct 2011

    Welfare has gone mad in Britain – child misbehaves, parent gets a car. Child’s team loses football game by 20 points – they will never know. Read More

  • The holy grail of welfare reform

    07 Oct 2011

    We must reduce the number of people on the Disability Pension Scheme by helping them to find work. Read More

  • Invest in a creative type

    16 Sep 2011

    Community-based ideas like Pozible can help make arts more dynamic, robust and financially independent. Read More

  • Plus ça change: O’Farrell government and NSW Health

    09 Sep 2011

    The NSW government’s focus on management issues in health care ignores more complex, deep-set, and politically sensitive problems. Read More

  • How to respond to the terms of trade boom

    02 Sep 2011

    Historical experience highlights the danger of conditioning public policy on assumptions about the future direction of relative prices for traded goods. Read More

  • Covert methods to curb criticism

    26 Aug 2011

    New changes to Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) provisions will make it easier for successive governments to pass burdensome regulation without sound evaluation of their effects. Read More

  • America and Europe jump together

    19 Aug 2011

    Rescuing banks, stimulating economies and guaranteeing for bankrupt states, North Atlantic governments have turned an economic crisis into a systemic one. Read More

  • Go West? 'Get out of Sydney’ grants an expensive distraction

    01 Jul 2011

    Paying people to move to regional areas will not improve economic growth. Read More

  • IMF’s credibility sinks with its head

    20 May 2011

    Ordinary taxpayers across the globe should no longer tolerate IMF’s fiscal excesses. Read More

  • Back in the black or still in the red?

    13 May 2011

    Swan’s goal of tightening fiscal policy is appropriate but his methods need scrutiny. Read More

  • Light bulbs and set top boxes

    13 May 2011

    Gillard’s set top boxes will cost taxpayers $309 million at a time of a $50 billion budget deficit. Read More

  • Playground stimulus

    29 Apr 2011

    Labor government uses stimulus money for nation building in dead villages. Read More

  • There's no silver lining to Japan's tragedy

    18 Mar 2011

    Japan’s north-eastern coastline was a bustling commercial hub early last week. By Saturday, it was a sodden wasteland. Read More

  • How the states measure up

    Robert Carling | 18 Feb 2011

    The overall trend in state finances over the last three years has been one of deterioration driven by strong growth in recurrent and capital spending in addition to losses on financial assets inflicted... Read More

  • Open doors, not webcams

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 12 Nov 2010

    Webcams in Victorian courts streaming court proceedings on the Internet are not necessary to ensure judicial transparency. Open doors are enough. Read More

  • The hard part: an alternative plan for hospitals

    Jeremy Sammut | 12 Mar 2010

    The dust has settled from the release of the federal government’s public hospital plan, and most commentators agree that ‘local hospital networks’ will only increase the size and complexity of the... Read More

  • The pretence of knowledge

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Feb 2010

    The ill-conceived and rushed Commonwealth insulation program adds to a very long list of recent government policy failures, such as Grocery Watch, Petrol Watch, ‘Green’ loans, and Indigenous public... Read More

  • Stimulus begets stimulus

    Luke Malpass | 26 Feb 2010

    Suspending the insulation program has landed the Rudd government with an unpleasant political problem: business closures and layoffs. Read More

  • What if you got pink bats and a school hall for Christmas?

    Stephen Kirchner | 18 Dec 2009

    The rush to push stimulus dollars out the door is similar to the mad rush to buy presents before Christmas, resulting in poor quality spending decisions. The political Santa Claus also has a rather more... Read More

  • First steps towards 21st century rail

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 30 Oct 2009

    According to a Chinese proverb, every long journey begins with a first step. This holds true even for a train journey. Read More

  • The easy way to cut tax

    John Humphreys | 09 Oct 2009

    The difficulty with cutting tax is that the government also needs to reduce its spending, and few people are willing to give up their government benefits. But there is a way to cut tax and spending by... Read More

  • Folly of Housing Stimulus without New Houses

    Stephen Kirchner | 04 Sep 2009

    The increase in the First Home Owners Grant is a key element of the federal government’s fiscal stimulus. But the June quarter national accounts show little benefit in terms of new housing supply. Dwelling... Read More

  • Desegregation misfires

    Elise Parham | 14 Aug 2009

    Top down approaches by western governments to end race segregation are dislocating well-functioning communities. Read More

  • Stimulus advertising only supports MPs’ jobs

    Robert Carling | 24 Jul 2009

    Tripe isn’t most people’s idea of an appealing breakfast, certainly not mine. But readers of recent Sydney’s Sunday papers have had it with their toast and coffee – whether they wanted it or not. Read More

  • Paid Maternity Leave and the Global Financial Crisis

    Jessica Brown | 10 Apr 2009

    Paid maternity leave was a high profile election promise of the Rudd government, but with an impending recession, the big question now is ‘can we can afford it?’ Read More

  • Lost in numbers

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 10 Apr 2009

    Imagine a journey of nine trillion four hundred sixty billion seven hundred thirty million four hundred seventy-two thousand five hundred eighty kilometres and eight hundred meters (roughly). Read More

  • Paid Maternity Leave and the Global Financial Crisis

    Jessica Brown | 27 Mar 2009

    Paid maternity leave was a high profile election promise of the Rudd government, but with an impending recession, the big question now is ‘can we can afford it?’ Read More

  • More Stimulating than a Big Bang

    Geoff Hogbin | 20 Mar 2009

    It’s not rocket science. If you tax employment you can expect to get less of it—especially when unemployment is high. Read More

  • Housing finance hardly an effective indicator of fiscal policy success

    Stephen Kirchner | 20 Mar 2009

    The recent surge in housing finance commitments has been cited as evidence for the effectiveness of the government’s fiscal stimulus measures, in particular, the increase in the grant to first home buyers... Read More

  • Homeownership for remote Indigenous communities

    Sara Hudson | 06 Mar 2009

    As part of the ‘Apology to the Stolen Generation,’ the Rudd government promised to spend $1.6 billion on a five-year housing strategy for remote Indigenous communities. Read More

  • Publications

    1. Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

      Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

      This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial... Read More...

    2. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

      Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

      This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

    3. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

      Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

      The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

    4. Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient

      Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

      The government needs a better way to drive efficiency in the public sector. The government has been relying on the efficiency... Read More...

    5. School Funding on a Budget

      Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

      Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

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    Opinion & Commentary

    1. Government preventive health measures don’t add up

      Helen Andrews | 26 Nov 2014 | The Australian

      Preventive has become the hottest word in healthcare. From politicians in parliament to talking heads on television, everyone ... Read More

    2. Comment: Childcare | the new frontier in the culture wars

      Trisha Jha | 04 Oct 2014 | The Spectator

      Increasingly, institutionalised childcare is being used to promote green and progressive agendas.... Read More

    3. Comment: Education does not need Commonwealth in schools

      Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Oct 2014 | Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age

      Ahead of the federal government’s ‘white paper’ on reform of the federation, an issues paper will canvas the specific ... Read More

    4. Abbott's PPL extravagance is a crying shame

      Matthew Taylor | 05 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

      If the government wants to get people back to work, redirecting money from their gold-plated PPL scheme to childcare subsidies ... Read More

    5. Singapore has the right prescription

      David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | The Australian

      Individuals should be allowed to opt out of Medicare and assume more responsibility for funding their own healthcare.... Read More

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    Ideas@TheCentre

    1. Stubbing out Carmen leaves smokescreen on money-go-round

      Trisha Jha | 10 Oct 2014

      With so much government money sloshing around, censoring the arts for fear of promoting something unsavoury is inevitably ...

    2. The truth about fact checkers

      Matthew Taylor | 26 Sep 2014

      While Fact Check has exposed some of the most egregious examples of misinformation with an appeal to official statistics, ...

    3. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

      Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

      Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

    4. Senate voting reform won't fix the budget

      Simon Cowan | 29 Aug 2014

      The permanent entrenchment of these dynamics would be harmful to the long term health of the budget, as significantly reducing ...

    5. Sorting child protection facts from fiction

      Jeremy Sammut | 22 Aug 2014

      Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first ...

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