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All Regulation Publications

  • The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist

    Wolfgang Kasper | 25 Jun 2015 | Occasional Papers

    To enjoy prosperity into the future, Australia needs to establish an reform strategy that goes beyond economic policy and...

  • 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...

  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government....

  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent...

  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10...

  • TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • Back to the Bad Old Days? Industrial Relations Reform in Australia

    Alexander Philipatos | 06 Dec 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Has the Fair Work Act thrown industrial relations back to ‘the bad old days?’ This report analyses the changes in industrial...

  • Book Launch: 'The Modest Member: The Life and Times of Bert Kelly'

    Malcolm Turnbull | 04 Dec 2012 | Speeches

    While Liberals, and certainly liberals, should be proud of Bert Kelly’s legacy, it must not be forgotten that his greatest...

  • Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis

    Ian Harper, Robert Carling | 12 Jun 2012 | Policy Forum

    Inadequate regulation of finance has taken much of the blame for the global financial crisis, leading governments around...

  • The Condensed Wealth of Nations and The Incredibly Condensed Theory of Moral Sentiments

    Eamonn Butler | 12 Jun 2012 | Occasional Papers

    In The Condensed Wealth of Nations, Eamonn Butler condenses Adam Smith’s work and explains the key concepts in The Wealth...

  • Flight of the Kiwi: Addressing the Brain Drain

    Andrew Patterson, David Kirk, Don Turkington, Luke Malpass | 27 Mar 2012 | Policy Forum

    Why are so many New Zealanders flocking to Australian shores, and what can be done to stop the so-called Kiwi ‘brain drain’? In...

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

    Oliver Marc Hartwich, Rebecca Gill | 14 Dec 2011 | Policy Monographs

    Government influences price levels in more ways than is immediately apparent. Through its direct and indirect interventions...

  • Trans-Atlantic Fiscal Follies: The Sequel

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich, Robert Carling | 30 Nov 2011 | Policy Forum

    What started as the US subprime crisis became the global financial crisis and has now developed into the Trans-Atlantic sovereign...

  • Free-Trade Ferries: A Case for Competition

    Alexander Philipatos | 27 Oct 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Sydney needs a network of ferries that is able to cater to the city’s changing demographics but is also financially sustainable...

  • Alcohol Policy and the Politics of Moral Panic

    Luke Malpass | 26 May 2011 | Policy Monographs

    New Zealand’s proposed liquor legislation marks a return to old attitudes towards alcohol regulation that perversely believe,...

  • Ludwig von Mises – A Primer

    Eamonn Butler | 16 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In Ludwig von Mises – A Primer, Eamonn Butler presents a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the outstanding achievements...

  • June 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Jun 2010 | e-PreCIS

    The Rudd government’s Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) confirms what Ronald Reagan said about politicians and their view...

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

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 19 May 2010 | Issue Analysis

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

  • FEATURE: Liberating our Cities

    Alan Anderson | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Development and zoning laws run contrary to private and public interests.

  • FEATURE: Rethinking Professional Regulation

    Krystian Seibert | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Competitive professional regulation would lead to lower costs for consumers.

  • Harmacy: The Political Economy of Community Pharmacy in Australia

    David Gadiel | 10 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The regulatory environment that governs community pharmacy has created one of Australia’s most protected industries. It...

  • FEATURE: Once More Around the Block

    Malcolm Roberts | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    History demonstrates that propping up the local car industry is a trimph of hope over experience.

  • Government Intervention in Mortgage Finance: The Case Against 'AussieMac'

    Stephen Kirchner | 08 Sep 2008 | Issue Analysis

    An Australian GSE and the mortgage securitisation industry would likely expand only at the expense of other financial intermediaries,...

  • FEATURE: Finding a Cab: The Better Deal for Taxi Customers

    Krystian Seibert | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Cheaper and more readily available taxis are possible without expensive compensation for taxi licence owners.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Virtue of Prosperity

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The Virtue of Prosperity: Finding Values in an age of Techno-Affluence by Dinesh D'Souza (The Free Press, 2000.)

  • Taxi! Reinvigorating Competition in the Taxi Market

    Jason Soon | 05 May 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Without drastic improvements, taxi services will not be able to service the Olympic Games. Long queues and disgruntled tourists...

  • Why Small Business Is Not Hiring: Regulatory Impediments to Small Business Growth

    Jason Soon | 10 Feb 1999 | Issue Analysis

    Small business makes an important contribution to the Australian economy, accounting for 42 percent of employment in 1997-98....

  • FEATURE: Fencing the Oceans

    Birgir Runolfsson | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    A rights-based approach to privatising fisheries.

  • FEATURE: Postal Services: Public Or Private, Competition or Monopoly?

    Susan Black, Terry Black | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    A review of Australia Post, considering competition issues such as community service obligations and the legislative standard...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: The Economics of Regulation Review

    Jason Soon | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    As part of the microeconomic reform process, Australian governments are paying more attention to the costs and benefits of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky by H. Bouillon (Avebury-Ashgate Publishing, 1996.)

  • FEATURE: Regulation Reform in the 90s: Challenges and Opportunities

    Stephen Rimmer | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Improving the quality of regulation.

  • FEATURE: Electronic Social Justice

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Australian ideas about the information have-nots.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Australian Civilisation

    Ann Yard | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Australian Civilisation edited by Richard Nile (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Australian Economy in the Japanese Mirror

    Paul Sheard | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Australian Economy in the Japanese Mirror edited by Kyoko Sheridan (University of Queensland Press, 1992.)

  • Advertising Bands: Administrative Decisions or Matters of Principle?

    John Gray | 01 Dec 1992 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, John Gray argues that the paradox reflects the fallacious belief that the economic sphere of life...

  • Regulating for Competition? Trade Practices Policy in a Changing Economy

    Michael James | 01 Dec 1989 | Policy Forum

    Arguments for a greater reliance on market forces to protect consumer welfare are explored in this collection by leading...

  • Takeovers and Corporate Control: Towards a New Regulatory Environment

    Peter Dodd | 01 Jul 1987 | Policy Forum

    These papers from a CIS conference on takeovers represent a wide variety of viewpoints on the pros and cons of an unregulated...

  • Private Correspondence: Competition or Monolopy in Australia's Postal Services?

    Robert Albon | 18 Oct 1985 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Albon believes that the most important and practical way to improve postal services to the public is to allow competition.

  • Trial Without Error: Anticipation vs Resilence as Strategies for Risk Reduction

    Aaron Wildavsky | 19 Aug 1985 | Occasional Papers

    Safety regulations are proliferating at a great rate in society today, attempting to protect us from hundreds of known and...

  • Enterprise: Free, Dependent or Captor?

    Warren Hogan | 08 Aug 1985 | Occasional Papers

    The relationship between government and business is the theme of this essay. Each depends on the other, and each uses the...

  • Capital Xenophobia: Australia's Controls of Foreign Investment

    Wolfgang Kasper | 18 Dec 1984 | Policy Monographs

    An early study by the CIS which supported the lifting of controls on  foreign investment in Australia.

  • Changes in the Air? Issues in Domestic Aviation Policy

    Christopher Findlay | 01 Dec 1984 | Policy Forum

    The papers in this volume examine various aspects of domestic aviation in Australia in light of economic research and attempt...

  • Occupational Regualtion and the Public Interest

    Robert Albon | 01 Mar 1984 | CIS Readings

    Edited by Robert Albon and Greg Lindsay with contributions from 12 authors. Does occupational regulation serve the public...

  • The Entreprenuer in Society

    Barry Maley | 01 Apr 1983 | Policy Forum

    These papers explore the role of the entreprenuer in society.

  • The Economics of Bureacracy and Statutory Authorities

    Gordon Tullock | 01 Jan 1983 | Policy Forum

    This book looks at how government enterprises and regulatory agencies are evaluated by their efficiency and in terms of...

  • Rationalising Rustic Regulation

    Ted Sieper | 26 Feb 1982 | Special Publications

    A landmark discussion of agricultural policy in Australia.  Written in 1982, Ted Sieper asks 'who gains' with respect to...

  • Rent Control: Costs and Consequences

    Robert Albon | 01 Sep 1980 | CIS Readings

    Essays on the history and the economic and social consequences of rent control on Australia and overseas.

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

    Peter Swan | 12 Dec 1979 | Policy Monographs

    Throughout the world, the taxi industry attracts government regulation. Government agencies determine what vehicles may be...

  • COMMENT: Capitalism: The Wave of the Future

    Jerry Z. Muller | 30 Nov -0001

    While capitalism has long been criticised for its alleged weakening of traditional bonds, in practice it is compatible with...