Economic Policy

economic-policy

The Centre for Independent Studies is guided by the philosophy of free markets and individual responsibility. Our economic policy research centres on ideas that will strengthen Australia’s economy for the future and challenge the reach of big government.

With ongoing uncertainty for economies around the world, the CIS’ research into financial and monetary issues is more vital than ever in helping shape public policy.

Continuing economic reform is desperately needed in Australia, and that is why our TARGET30 program seeks to reduce waste in government and in the public sector, and to bring government spending under control.

For more information on our economic research, please proceed to:

 

Publications

  1. Right or Rort? Dissecting Australia’s Tax Concessions

    Robert Carling | 08 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    Calls to abolish tax concessions to increase revenue are often misguided. So-called tax concessions for capital gains tax,... Read More...

  2. Submission to the Financial System Inquiry Final Report

    Patrick Carvalho | 31 Mar 2015 | Submissions

    Submission to the Financial System Inquiry Final Report

  3. 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.

  4. 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... Read More...

  5. FEATURE: Why the Fiscal Multiplier is Roughly Zero

    Scott Sumner | 08 Sep 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    Fiscal policy doesn’t work when the central bank stabilises aggregate demand.

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Housing boom? Think again.

    Patrick Carvalho | 17 Apr 2015 | Business Spectator

    Ultimately, there is no housing boom; the name of the game is housing obstruction.... Read More

  2. Charities regulator reprieve

    Helen Andrews | 09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true.... Read More

  3. Hitting the ‘rich’ no solution to budget deficit problem

    Robert Carling | 08 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The campaign against tax concessions is finding oxygen in a climate of public opinion that has little tolerance for spending ... Read More

  4. Financial System Inquiry's pre-emptive power straight out of Hollywood script

    Patrick Carvalho | 08 Apr 2015 | The Canberra Times

    Some suggestions from the Financial System Inquiry might have you thinking you’re in the Hollywood blockbuster Minority ... Read More

  5. Individual choice on financial advice costs

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    However the FSI’s impact is in danger of being subsumed by a triad of reports attempting to build a requirement for qualifications ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Full steam ahead for ship of fools

    Peter Saunders | 17 Apr 2015

    Neither Labour nor Tories will explain how they plan to eliminate the deficit, still less start paying down the debt....

  2. Reflecting on Tax Freedom Day

    Robert Carling | 10 Apr 2015

    Balance needs to be restored to a narrative that sees tax concessions as nothing but distortions and rorts favouring the ...

  3. Go west, Gen Y

    Trisha Jha | 10 Apr 2015

    Since I’m a born-and-bred city girl, the situation in Sydney must be rather dire if I’m putting serious thought into ...

  4. Opening the tax reform can of worms

    Robert Carling | 02 Apr 2015

    The current ramshackle tax system is the product of compromises, tinkering, political pragmatism and budget ad hoccery over ...

  5. A more competitive Medicare

    David Gadiel | 27 Mar 2015

    Government should abolish the Schedule Fee together with the bonus for bulk billing, and save itself the cost and contradiction ...

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