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Policy Monographs


Policy Monographs (PM) are pieces directly commenting on government policy, new programs or legislation.

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    15 Nov 2012 | PM131

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there is only a naive understanding of the scheme. This report makes the case that... Read More

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    24 Oct 2012 | PM130

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as the US Navy’s Virginia Class submarine, would provide a much greater capability... Read More

  • How the NSW Coalition Should Govern Health: Strategies for Microeconomic Reform

    11 Jul 2012 | PM128

    In an ever-tightening fiscal environment, the focus of NSW health policy must be the microeconomic reform of the rigid, public service monopoly model of public hospital care. The adoption of market or... Read More

  • Future Funds or Future Eaters? The Case Against a Sovereign Wealth Fund for Australia

    20 Feb 2012 | PM126

    This paper considers the arguments for and against greater use of a sovereign wealth fund in Australia. It argues that the existing Future Fund is unnecessary and that greater use of a sovereign wealth... Read More

  • Price Drivers: Five Case Studies in How Government is Making Australia Unaffordable

    14 Dec 2011 | PM125

    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions in the market, government is one of the most important price drivers in Australia... Read More

  • Hands, Mouths and Minds: Three Perspectives on Population Growth and Living Standards

    19 Sep 2011 | PM123

    The long-run relationship between population growth and living standards has been a source of controversy among economists. This monograph examines three perspectives on the issue and argues that population... Read More

  • Capital Xenophobia II: Foreign Direct Investment in Australia, Sovereign Wealth Funds, and the Rise of State Capitalism

    Stephen Kirchner | 01 Nov 2008 | PM88

    Stephen Kirchner offers a timely analysis of Australia’s foreign investment regime and gives his ideas on how to improve this critical ingredient for Australia's prospective stability, prosperity, and... Read More

  • Exploring a Carbon Tax for Australia

    John Humphreys | 06 Nov 2007 | PM80

    It is not a foregone conclusion that we need a carbon trading scheme or a carbon tax. Humphreys provides much food for thought on the nature of the optimal policy response and how it can fit in with broader... Read More

  • Sustainable Immigration and Cultural Integration

    Wolfgang Kasper | 15 Aug 2002 | PM55

    Professor Kasper outlines the benefits of past migration. He points out that Australians can be justifiably proud of the successful integration of so many migrants into a decent society, a stable, free... Read More

  • The Art of Corporate Governance: a return to first principles

    Samuel Gregg | 23 Jun 2002 | PM51

    Calls for big business to be more ‘ethical’ and ‘socially responsible’ have never been louder, nor more misguided.  Samuel Gregg argues these calls come at a time ‘when the public understanding... Read More

  • Corporate Control, Economic Efficiency and Shareholder Justice

    Peter Dodd and R.R Officer | 18 May 1986 | PM9

    This book is an examination of the theoretical background and economics of the market for corporate control. Read More

  • On Buying a Job: The Regulation of a Taxicab in Canberra

    Peter Swan | 12 Dec 1979 | PM1

    Throughout the world, the taxi industry attracts government regulation. Government agencies determine what vehicles may be used, who is eligible to receive a driver's oran owner's licence, where and how... Read More