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Issue Analysis


Issue Analysis (IA) are shorter publications that deal with controversial and current issues.

  • Time to Dump Australia’s Anti-Dumping System

    05 Jun 2013 | IA141

    This report argues that Australia should scrap its anti-dumping and countervailing system. The report examines the meaning of dumping and its place in Australian law. It details the history and recent... Read More

  • Relics of a Byzantine IR System: Why Awards Should Be Abolished

    23 May 2013 | IA140

    Awards are uniquely Australian, and practically as old as the country itself. But in Australia’s modern, competitive economy, the award system is an anachronism. Along with new statutory conditions,... Read More

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    19 Feb 2013 | IA137

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more than a million Asian-born Australians, millions of speakers of Asian languages,... Read More

  • Faraway, So Close: How the Euro Crisis Affects Australia

    23 Apr 2012 | IA132

    Europe’s economic crisis has been shaking financial markets for the past three years. Countries like Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and even Italy are in danger of defaulting on their debt. The continent’s... Read More

  • The Henry Tax Review: A Liberal Critique

    14 Mar 2012 | IA130

    The public release of Australia’s Future Tax System—known as the Henry review—in May 2010 sparked an ongoing debate in Australia about the structure and efficiency of the country’s tax system.... Read More

  • A Waste of Energy: Why The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is redundant

    01 Mar 2012 | PM129

    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially oriented company, it competes with private investors. As a company with a public... Read More

  • Towards a Red Tape Trading Scheme: Treating Excessive Bureaucracy as Just Another Kind of Pollution

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 19 May 2010 | IA121

    Government should measure the regulatory costs on the Australian economy and consider a ‘cap and trade’ scheme to manage red tape. Read More

  • Emissions Tax: The Least Worst Option

    Luke Malpass | 16 Jul 2009 | IA113

    The New Zealand government’s emissions trading system, due to come into force in 2010 for energy and 2013 for agriculture, is the wrong approach. An emissions tax linked with other tax cuts would be... 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 | IA108

    With the US car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the Australian car industry is doomed to fail. It would be better to phase out assistance... Read More

  • Baby Steps Toward Self-Funded Parental Leave

    Jessica Brown | 18 Sep 2008 | IA100

    The debate about increasing the aged pension highlights the fact that, once again, government handouts lead to increasing burdens on taxpayers. When considering a government-funded paid maternity leave... Read More

  • Is the ‘Earnings Credit’ the Best Way to Cut the Dole Queues?

    Kayoko Tsumori | 13 May 2003 | IA35

    The 'earnings credit' proposed by the 'Five Economists' in 1998 will not sufficiently decrease joblessness in Australia, and may in fact encourage welfare dependency. The 'earnings credit' – a tax break... Read More

  • Michael in a Muddle: Michael Pusey’s Bungled Attack on Economic Reform

    Andrew Norton | 09 May 2003 | IA34

    Andrew Norton reveals many serious errors of fact and logic in his detailed critique of Michael Pusey's new book, The Experience of Middle Australia: The Dark Side of Economic Reform. The main thrust of... Read More

  • Whose Progress? A Response to the ABS Report Measuring Australia’s Progress

    Peter Saunders | 20 Aug 2002 | IA25

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ recent report, Measuring Australia’s Progress, threatens to compromise the political neutrality of the ABS, for it blurs the line dividing fact from opinion. Read More

  • Breaking the Trade Stalemate: What Are Australia’s Options?

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Feb 2001 | IA18

    Australia’s best hope of long-term trade liberalisation lies in signing a free trade agreement with the United States. Preferential liberalisation of trade may be the only way to break the present stalemate... Read More

  • Setting the Record Straight: Free Trade and the WTO

    David Robertson | 04 Sep 2000 | IA15

    By allowing social issues into the WTO agenda using tenuous links to trade policy, the WTO Council has placed the organisation at the vanguard of political skirmishing over globalisation. Read More

  • Noble Ends Flawed Means: The Case Against Debt-Forgiveness

    Ian Harper | 28 Sep 1999 | IA8

    Plans by the World Bank and the IMF to relieve Third World debt would have dire consequences for the very countries they are trying to help. Read More

  • Taxi! Reinvigorating Competition in the Taxi Market

    Jason Soon | 05 May 1999 | IA7

    Without drastic improvements, taxi services will not be able to service the Olympic Games. Long queues and disgruntled tourists will be very embarrassing for Sydney and Australia. Policy changes are needed... Read More

  • Rear Vision on Trade Policy: Wrong Way, Go Forward

    Ron Duncan | 25 Sep 1998 | IA5

    Policies affecting trade flows do not begin or end in the international arena: Decisions about reducing protection must be implemented at home. Without increasing our competitiveness through improved technology,... Read More

  • Open for Business? Australian Interests and the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

    Wolfgang Kasper | 17 Apr 1998 | IA1

    The proposed OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate, will not mean a dramatic change to Australia’s current practice in controlling... Read More