TARGET30 Papers


Fairer Paid Parental Leave
Matthew Taylor
07 July 2014 | T30.11

Australia spends just under $1.4 billion (2012–13) on statutory Paid Parental Leave (PPL) to provide more than 130,000 parents with up to 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the full-time minimum wage. The Abbott…

Emergency Budget Repair Kit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha
21 November 2013 | T30.05

The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move…

Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State
Andrew Baker
27 March 2013 | T30.02

In 2010–11, Australia’s welfare state, which includes health, education, and welfare accounted for approximately $316 billion in government expenditure. Approximately half of this expenditure, or $158 billion, can be attributed to tax-welfare churning. Tax welfare…

TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity
Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan
06 March 2013 | T30.01

The size of government in Australia (federal, state and local) has been steadily expanding over the last 40 years, reaching into areas far beyond the core government responsibilities. Spending in the general government sector (across…