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Policy Monographs


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

  • Who Pays the Lion’s Share of Personal Income Tax?

    Sinclair Davidson | 13 Jul 2004 | PM63

    Davidson’s paper performs a service by exposing the absurdities of some of the claims that are being made about who pays what. Higher income earners are paying much more than their ‘fair share’ in...... Read More

  • Tax Reform to Make Work Pay

    Peter Saunders | 29 May 2004 | PM62

    We are paying more tax than ever before. Australia’s tax burden is higher than in the United States and Japan, taxes on incomes are as high as in many European countries, and corporate taxation is higher...... Read More

  • The Taxation of Shared Family Incomes

    Terry Dwyer | 29 Apr 2004 | PM61

    Terry Dwyer’s paper makes a compelling case for recognising family income sharing for tax purposes, and his arguments and proposals should be central to any future discussion of how to achieve a fairer...... Read More

  • The Tax Wilderness How to Restore the Rule of Law

    | 18 Mar 2004 | PM60

    The importance of Geoffrey Walker’s paper is that it shows the price we are paying as a nation for government’s failure to keep its tax demands within reasonable bounds. It is bad enough that escalating...... Read More

  • Schools in the Spotlight. School Performance Reporting and Public Accountability

    Jennifer Buckingham | 03 Mar 2004 | PM59

    Buckingham calls for a consistent, fair and meaningful system of reporting and publishing comparative school performance, making schools accountable not only to government, but also to the public who pays...... Read More

  • Divorce Law and the Future of Marriage

    Barry Maley | 02 Mar 2004 | PM58

    No-fault divorce law has precipitated marital instability in Australia, discouraging people from marrying, staying together, acting to support their spouses and having children. According to respected...... Read More

  • Poverty in Australia: Beyond the Rhetoric

    Peter Saunders | 01 Mar 2004 | PM57

    This report challenges prevailing definitions and measurements of poverty, and calls for an alternative strategy for poverty alleviation based on American-style welfare reform, lower taxation and job creation.... Read More

  • The Unchained University

    Andrew Norton | 19 Nov 2002 | PM56

    Australia's universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert Andrew Norton argues that universities are failing students in several ways.... 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

  • Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers : A Global View

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 26 Jun 2002 | PM54

    A worldwide excess of demand for immigration means that Western countries cannot accommodate more than a small proportion of immigrants without severe social dislocation, says Helen Hughes. The world has...... Read More

  • Family and Marriage in Australia

    Barry Maley | 25 Jun 2002 | PM53

    The growing instability of the nuclear family is a fundamental cause behind a great deal of juvenile crime, youth suicide and poor school performance.  The report - Family and Marriage in Australia...... Read More

  • Families Freedom and Education: Why School Choice Makes Sense

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Jun 2002 | PM52

    Parents have been demonstrating their increasing lack of faith in the public education system for decades, as reflected in the steady drift in student enrolments away from the state school sector toward...... 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

  • Taxing the family : Australia's forgotten people in the income spectrum

    Lucy Sullivan | 22 Aug 2001 | PM50

    Over the last two decades, the tax burden has shifted from taxpayers without to taxpayers with dependent children.  While social security expenditure on welfare dependency has risen, spending on family...... Read More

  • Ten Advantages of a Federal Constitution: And How to Make the Most of Them

    Geoffrey de Q. Walker | 04 Apr 2001 | PM49

    Australia’s federal system is being attacked and undermined with debate focussing solely on its disadvantages. Ten Advantages of a Federal Constitution: And How to Make the Most of Them sheds new light...... Read More

  • Beyond the Classroom : how parents influence their children's education

    Alison Rich | 30 Aug 2000 | PM48

    Parents are crucial to the academic success of their children. The report, Beyond the Classroom: How Parents Influence Their Children’s Education, argues that factors ranging from parents’ educational...... Read More

  • Gambles with the Economic Constitution: The Reregulation of Labour in New Zealand

    Wolfgang Kasper | 29 Aug 2000 | PM47

    The proposed Employment Relations Bill will prove costly for New Zealand citizens and workers. This report, says the proposed legislation will ultimately drive up transaction costs and risks of job creation,...... Read More

  • Boy Troubles: Understanding Rising Suicide, Rising Crime and Educational Failure

    Jennifer Buckingham | 14 Jun 2000 | PM46

    Australian boys are at greater risk of doing badly at school, participating in juvenile crime, and committing suicide. The root of these problems are cultural and institutional,' says report author Jennifer...... Read More

  • Behavioural Poverty

    Lucy Sullivan | 09 Apr 2000 | PM45

    The welfare debate is bedeviled by the failure to distinguish behavioural from financial poverty. The minimum income available to families on welfare are commensurate with those of families on average...... Read More

  • Christianity and Entrepreneurship: Protestant and Catholic Thoughts

    Samuel Gregg | 05 Nov 1999 | PM44

    This monograph is a scholarly yet understandable study of entrepreneurship from both a Protestant (Preece) and a Catholic (Gregg) perspective. Among other things, both argue that Christians should not...... Read More