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  • The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension...

  • The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension...

  • Towards a more competitive Medicare: The case for deregulating medical fees and co-payments in Australia

    David Gadiel | 20 Mar 2015 | Research Reports

    This research paper outlines how to introduce a price signal for Medicare without introducing a GP copayment.

  • Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

    Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial...

  • Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the...

  • Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses...

  • 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...

  • School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only...

  • 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....

  • States of Debt

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    While the budget deficits and rising debt of the Australian federal government have received much attention, this report...

  • Strengthening Australia’s Fiscal Institutions

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The deterioration in the federal government’s fiscal position reflects a failure to adhere to a rules-based framework for...

  • 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...

  • The Task Ahead: The Hon Joe Hockey MP

    Joe Hockey | 08 Nov 2013 | Speeches

    Joe Hockey, in his first domestic keynote address as Treasurer, talks about the economic challanges facing the Coalition...

  • Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government!

    Robert Carling | 07 Aug 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government! explores the link between tax reform and smaller government as envisaged by CIS’s...

  • 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...

  • Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It

    Jeremy Sammut | 30 Apr 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government...

  • After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future … You Can Get It Back

    Tom Palmer | 08 Apr 2013 | Occasional Papers

    History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states,...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • 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...

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

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

    Andrew Baker | 25 Jan 2013 | Submissions

    Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

  • 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...

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme

    Andrew Baker | 15 Nov 2012 | Policy Monographs

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been touted as the biggest social reform since Medicare. Currently, there...

  • Future Submarine Project Should Raise Periscope for Another Look

    Simon Cowan | 24 Oct 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Australia should not spend $40 billion to repeat the mistakes of the Collins Class submarine. Nuclear submarines, such as...

  • Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock

    Robert Carling | 28 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    Government is facing the arduous task of securing sustainable expenditure, revenue and debt beyond the current four-year...

  • Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately...

  • Indigenous Education 2012

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes | 27 Jun 2012 | Policy Monographs

    Indigenous Education 2012 reviews the lack of progress by states and territories in improving Indigenous literacy and numeracy....

  • 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...

  • The Henry Tax Review: A Liberal Critique

    Adam Creighton | 14 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The public release of Australia’s Future Tax System—known as the Henry review—in May 2010 sparked an ongoing debate...

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

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 01 Mar 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government’s plans to establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) should be scrapped. As a commercially...

  • FEATURE: More Tracks, Slower Trains

    John Nestor | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    The Victorian Regional Rail Link project is hobbled by inefficient planning and wasteful spending.

  • 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...

  • The Decade-long Binge: How Government Squandered Ten Years of Economic Prosperity

    Luke Malpass | 17 Nov 2011 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand has increased enormously over the past decade in order to meet social goals. From 2000-2010...

  • 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...

  • When Prophecy Fails

    Peter Saunders | 09 Sep 2011 | Special Publications

    In their 2009 book, The Spirit Level, Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argued for the ‘benefits’ of income redistribution....

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over...

  • Why Does Government Grow?

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Apr 2011 | Policy Monographs

    This paper examines some of the stylised facts in relation to the growth of government in the Western world generally, and...

  • FEATURE: How Useful is the Productivity Commission?

    Judith Sloan | 31 Mar 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Productivity Commission doesn’t always get it right, but it has made major contributions to policymaking in Australia.

  • The Multi-layered Hayek

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics...

  • FaHCSIA Indigenous Economic Development Strategy 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 17 Dec 2010 | Submissions

    Governments state that their objective is for Indigenous townships to develop and prosper like mainstream Australian towns....

  • FEATURE: Free and Fair—How Australia’s Low-Tax Egalitarianism Confounds the World

    David Alexander | 14 Dec 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia has found a politically viable way of keeping the state relatively small.

  • Empires on the Edge of Chaos: The Nasty Fiscal Arithmetic of Imperial Decline

    Niall Ferguson | 14 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In the 26th John Bonython lecture, Niall Ferguson, one of the world’s leading geo-economic thinkers and best-selling author...

  • Submission to Native Title Leading Practice Agreements Discussion Paper 2010

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013, Mark Hughes, Sara Hudson | 30 Nov 2010 | Submissions

    The Native Title process is only one of the processes returning land to traditional owners. The lack of benefits to the Indigenous...

  • Populate and Perish? Modelling Australia's Demographic Future

    Jessica Brown, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 07 Oct 2010 | Policy Monographs

    Since the publication of the 2010 Intergenerational Report, Australia has been debating its demographic future and whether...

  • Defeating Dependency: Moving Disability Support Pensioners Into Jobs

    Jessica Brown | 30 Apr 2010 | Issue Analysis

    The focus of welfare reform efforts should be on encouraging some of the 750,000 existing disability support pensioners back...

  • Like the Curate’s Egg: A Market-based Response and Alternative to the Bennett Report

    Jeremy Sammut | 26 Nov 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) has acknowledged the need to ensure health services are responsive...

  • On the Right Track: Why NSW Needs Business Class Rail

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 29 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Rail connections between Sydney and neighbouring cities need to improve substantially and business class carriages would...

  • Fiscal Shock and Awe in the United States

    Robert Carling | 21 Oct 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The relative economic standing of the United States, and therefore its place in the world, may decline as other less mature...

  • Fiscal Fallacies : The Failure of Activist Fiscal Policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 14 Oct 2009 | Policy Forum

    Editor, Stephen Kirchner ; Contributors, John B Taylor ; Tony Makin ; Robert Carling The global financial crisis that emerged...

  • FEATURE: Is Government the Best Risk Manager?

    Henry Ergas | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Some risks are better managed by the private sector. Governments typically bear high costs in admitting failure, yet failures...

  • Fiscal Rules for Limited Government: Reforming Australia’s Fiscal Responsibility Legislation

    Robert Carling | 28 Jul 2009 | Policy Monographs

    The paper outlines the rationale for fiscal responsibility legislation and a rules-based approach to fiscal policy. It examines...

  • In Defence of Non-Government Schools

    Jennifer Buckingham | 02 Jul 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Non-government schools are providers of public education and deserve adequate public funding. The purposes and functions...

  • FEATURE: Choosing Between Classical Liberalism and Social Liberalism

    Fred Argy | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Social liberals support markets, but also government action to promote a firm safety net and equal opportunity, with 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 | Issue Analysis

    With the US car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the...

  • In Defence of Civil Society: The Virtue of Prescribed Private Funds

    John Humphreys | 18 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The Commonwealth government is looking to change the rules governing charitable funds which may harm philanthropic giving...

  • Are We All Keynesians Again?

    Robert Carling | 12 Feb 2009 | Issue Analysis

    The revival of activist fiscal policy ought to be highly controversial because the 1970s and 1980s saw a new consensus emerge...

  • Radical Surgery: The Only Cure for New South Wales Hospitals

    Wolfgang Kasper | 27 Jan 2009 | Policy Monographs

    Wolfgang Kasper argues that the hospital malaise can only be remedied by removing the central, bureaucratic control of hospitals...

  • A Streak of Hypocrisy: Reactions to the Global Financial Crisis and Generational Debt

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Dec 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut says that ‘household savings have collapsed due to an unnecessary dependence on welfare handouts. A new...

  • Million Dollar Babies: Paid Parental Leave and Family Policy Reform

    Jessica Brown | 18 Nov 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Support for the introduction of paid parental leave has been so vocal that rather than being a means to an end, paid parental...

  • 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,...

  • The Bipolar Pacific

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 21 Aug 2008 | Issue Analysis

    Guest-worker schemes, which have been proposed as a development solution for the Pacific, no doubt benefit the individuals...

  • Declaring Dependence, Declaring Independence: Three Essays on the Future of the Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 01 Aug 2008 | Occasional Papers

    In a time when governments are running up enormous welfare bills and intrusively regulating everyday life, this series of...

  • Child Care and the Labour Supply

    Jennifer Buckingham | 23 Jul 2008 | Issue Analysis

    This report investigates whether child care is unaffordable and if government funding is contributing to its affordability...

  • House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations Inquiry 2008

    Kayoko Tsumori, Peter Saunders | 11 Jul 2008 | Submissions

    We currently employ a bigger proportion of the working-age population (70%) than ever before. Nevertheless, to increase participation...

  • A Whiff of Compassion? The Attack on Mutual Obligation

    Peter Saunders | 10 Jun 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The Rudd government is planning to water down the existing work requirements and mutual obligation policies that have helped...

  • KiwiSaver or KiwiSucker? A Critical View

    Phil Rennie | 07 May 2008 | Issue Analysis

    The promised benefits of KiwiSaver do not match the high cost of the taxpayer subsidies. With KiwiSaver and New Zealand Super...

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics: Part 1: Preventive Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 May 2008 | Policy Monographs

    Dr Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for preventive care programs to help make the Medicare system sustainable, given the...

  • FEATURE: Six Social Policy Myths

    Andrew Norton, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Saunders, Phil Rennie | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Policy experts often think alike, even when the evidence contradicts them. This is how billions of dollars get spent on government...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Control Without Command

    Gary Sturgess | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Julian Le Grand makes a social democratic case for choice and competition in The Other Invisiible Hand: Delivering Public...

  • The Coming Crisis of Medicare: What the Intergenerational Reports should say, but doesn’t, about health and ageing

    Jeremy Sammut | 29 Oct 2007 | Policy Monographs

    The demographic and medical realities of the twenty-first century mean that Medicare can no longer provide every citizen...

  • Child Care: Who Benefits?

    Jennifer Buckingham | 24 Oct 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Child care has gone from something that families would use sparingly and only if necessary to being an alleged human right....

  • FEATURE: Cargo-Cult Railway Proposals

    John Nestor | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Mega-railway project defy economics, logic and reason.

  • FEATURE: The Service Economy- Success in a Market Democracy

    Craig Emerson | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Many of the service economy's problems come from the government.

  • The Organisation of Residential Aged Care for an Ageing Population

    Warren Hogan | 02 Jul 2007 | Policy Monographs

    At the heart of this new paper is the re-assertion of the need for a system of accommodation bonds. Hogan reiterates that...

  • Lands of Shame: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Homelands’ in Transition

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 30 Jun 2007 | Special Publications

    Some 90,000 of Australia’s 500,000 Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders live appallingly deprived lives in ‘homelands’...

  • FEATURE: Not So Big Government

    Peter Costello | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    In responding to POLICY articles by Andrew Norton and Des Moore, the then-Treasurer Peter Costello argued that governmnet...

  • FEATURE: The Tax Take Is Up

    Robert Carling | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The mantle of 'highest taxing Treasurer' may go with the job, but the government's tax record is still disappointing.

  • Taming New Zealand’s Tax Monster

    Phil Rennie | 15 May 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders now pay an extra $20 billion per year in tax than they did in 2000. There needs to be a proper review of...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Giblin's Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of the Economist in Australian Public Life

    Greg Melleuish | 23 Apr 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Giblin's Platoon: The Trials and Triumph of The Economist In Australian Public Life by William Coleman, Selwyn Cornish and...

  • Reinventing New Zealand’s Welfare State

    Peter Saunders | 27 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    New Zealanders are much richer than when the welfare state was founded. People’s incomes should therefore be sufficient...

  • New Zealand’s Spending Binge

    Phil Rennie | 15 Mar 2007 | Issue Analysis

    Government spending in New Zealand is now $20 billion higher than it was in 2000, yet the available social indicators show...

  • A Welfare State for Those Who Want One, Opts-outs for Those Who Don't

    Peter Saunders | 30 Jan 2007 | Issue Analysis

    A system of welfare state opt-outs will help increase people’s independence from government and reverse the unrelenting...

  • State Taxation and Fiscal Federalism: A Blueprint for Further Reform

    Robert Carling | 03 Nov 2006 | Policy Monographs

    This paper identifies major structural flaws in our current taxation system and develops a set of radical proposals to put...

  • FEATURE: When Will Leviathan Fade Away?

    Des Moore | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The federal government has failed to curb discretionary spending.

  • Taxploitation: The Case for Income Tax Reform

    Peter Saunders | 01 Jun 2006 | CIS Readings

    In this book edited by Peter Saunders, 10 authors explain why and how Australia's system of personal income tax needs reforming.

  • FEATURE: Should Monetary Policy be Transparent?

    Jan Libich | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    There is an overwhelming consensus that monetary policymaking should be transparent: an evaluation of the arguments.

  • HELPless: How the FEE-HELP Loans System Lets Students Down and How to Fix it

    Andrew Norton | 27 Feb 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Three new loans schemes were introduced in 2005 to fix omissions in the HECS system, but a more realistic FEE-HELP loan...

  • Make Poverty History: Tackle Corruption

    Wolfgang Kasper | 19 Jan 2006 | Issue Analysis

    The results of the latest international survey of corruption reveal huge international differences. Poor countries tend to...

  • Twenty Million Future Funds

    Peter Saunders | 21 Dec 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The government’s claim that we need a Future Fund to pay for public servants’ superannuation is bogus. In fact, the Future...

  • FEATURE: Why Still Worry About the Capital Account Surplus?

    Tony Makin | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    An arbitrary percentage of GDP is not the right measure of an unsustainable current account deficit.

  • Welfare Reform and Economic Development for Indigenous Communities

    Noel Pearson | 25 Oct 2005 | Occasional Papers

    Noel Pearson's lecture is to set out a case for a comprehensive reform agenda in Cape York Peninsula.

  • The Economics of Indigenous Deprivation and Proposals for Reform

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 23 Sep 2005 | Issue Analysis

    For remote Indigenous communities to have productive employment opportunities with mainstream earnings, decent health outcomes,...

  • The Free Market Case Against Voluntary Student Unionism (But for Voluntary Student Representation)

    Andrew Norton | 31 Aug 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The federal government plans to introduce ‘voluntary student unionism’ (VSU) into Australia’s universities by banning...

  • Six Arguments in Favour of Self-Funding

    Peter Saunders | 14 Jul 2005 | Issue Analysis

    The welfare state served us well in the past but is decreasingly relevant to current conditions. It came into existence to...

  • The $85 Billion Tax/Welfare Churn

    Peter Saunders | 07 Apr 2005 | Issue Analysis

    Given the government’s newly-won control of the Senate, most attention is focused primarily on the next 18 months, but...

  • Australia's Welfare Habit and How to Kick It

    Peter Saunders | 01 Oct 2004 | Special Publications

    Forty years ago only 3% of working age Australians depended on welfare payments as their main source of income. Today it...

  • Only 18%? Why ACOSS is Wrong to be Complacent about Welfare Dependency

    Peter Saunders | 02 Sep 2004 | Issue Analysis

    A new report from the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) accepts that welfare dependency among working age Australians...

  • Sweet and Sour Pork Barrelling: The Case of Queensland Sugar

    Alex Robson | 25 Mar 2004 | Issue Analysis

    For nearly 100 years, pork barrelling has propped up a recalcitrant sugar industry that has refused to reform despite evidence...

  • Poverty in Australia: Beyond the Rhetoric

    Peter Saunders | 01 Mar 2004 | Policy Monographs

    This report challenges prevailing definitions and measurements of poverty, and calls for an alternative strategy for poverty...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Three Cheers for the Anglosphere

    David Flint | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Three...

  • A Self-Reliant Australia. Welfare Policy for the 21st century

    Peter Saunders | 16 Mar 2003 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper Peter Saunders suggests that the time has come to turn back the growth of this expensive, damaging, demeaning...

  • The Unchained University

    Andrew Norton | 19 Nov 2002 | Policy Monographs

    Australia's universities are not preparing students adequately for their futures.  Report author and higher education expert...

  • What Governments Can't Know: The Knowledge Economy and the Market

    | 04 Feb 2002 | Occasional Papers

    Are governments well placed to foster the infusion of different types of complex knowledge to create new or better goods...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Howard's Agenda

    Sean Johnson | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Howard's Agenda edited by Marian Simms and John Warhurst (UQP Australian Studies, 2000.)

  • FEATURE: Reforming Public Funding of the Performing Arts

    Anthony Adair | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Public funding of the arts throws up a range of economic, social and political problems.

  • FEATURE: Taxi!! Reinvigorating Competition in the Taxi Market

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Anecdotal evidence suggests that there is room for improvement in the state of taxi services in NSW.

  • REVIEW: Learning From The Communist Experience?

    David Lovell | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality by Stuart Macintyre (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • FEATURE: 'League Tables' of School Performance

    Ken Gannicott | 08 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    A legitimate tool of public policy.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Private Prisons and Public Accountability

    Andrew Wade | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Private Prisons and Public Accountability by Richard Harding (Open University Press, 1997.)

  • Democracy and the Welfare State

    Kenneth Minogue | 01 Sep 1997 | Occasional Papers

    The welfare state has now been experienced by several generations. In this Occasional Paper, Professor Kenneth Minogue looks...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Whither Development Assistance?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    One Clear Objective: Poverty Reduction Through Sustainable Development (Simons Committee Report) AusAID (Australian Government...

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Government in a Mixed Economy

    Michael Warby | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Why does government exist?

  • FEATURE: 'Two Point Something': The Credibility of Australian Monetary Policy

    Stephen Kirchner | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    A missed inflation targeting opportunity.

  • SCHOOLS' BRIEF: Fiscal Policy

    Penny Neal | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Fiscal policy has reassumed prominence in macroeconomic policy making since the election of the Coalition Government in March...

  • FEATURE: In For The Long Term: The Time Horizons of Australian Corporations

    Gerald Garvey | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    What might cause investment short-termism?

  • FEATURE: Special Events- Are They Beneficial?

    Amelia Pape, Terry Black | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The cost to taxpayers of the Gold Coast Indycar Grand Prix.

  • FEATURE: Wanted! Miore Australian Entrepreneurs

    Bartholomew Dowling | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Can the Australian Government promote the emergence of entrepreneurs?

  • FEATURE: Fees, Subsidies and the Market for Higher Education

    Mark Harrison | 09 Sep 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Mark Harrison argues that despite major reforms since 1988, the continuing absence of price signals and market incentives...

  • DEBATE: Comparing Governments and Markets

    Gordon Tullock | 06 Jun 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Private Interest Theory Debate: Gordon Tullocks argues.

  • Social Welfare: The Changing Debate

    David Green | 05 May 1988 | Occasional Papers

    David D. Green’s monograph Social Welfare: The Changing Debate, summarises the research findings and arguments of several...

  • Restraining Leviathan: Small Government in Practice

    Michael James | 01 Oct 1987 | Policy Forum

    This collection seeks to increase our understanding of the scope and opportunities we have for making substantial and permenent...

  • Beyond the Current Pessimism

    Ray Ball | 05 Aug 1987 | Occasional Papers

    Professor Ray Ball gives a personal interpretation of the historical roots of Australia’s economic malaise.

  • 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...

  • Lessons from the Ord

    B.R. Davidson | 01 Jan 1982 | Policy Monographs

    The Ord Scheme, indeed, offers ample ammunition for those who take the extreme view that responsibility is directly proportional...

  • The Rhetoric and Reality of Income Redistribution

    Gordon Tullock | 25 Sep 1981 | Occasional Papers

    In this survey of a variety of aspects of income redistribution, Gordon Tullock asks not that we should necessarily change...