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.

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Publications

  1. 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... Read More...

  2. Submission to the ReThink Tax Discussion Paper

    Robert Carling | 20 May 2015 | Submissions

    Submission to the ReThink Tax Discussion Paper

  3. 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... Read More...

  4. 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... Read More...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Reform spending not taxes

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Aug 2015 | Australian Financial Review

    The response to increasing spending on health costs should not be raising the GST, but in reforming expenditure and making ... Read More

  2. Silver linings in recent youth unemployment data

    Patrick Carvalho | 03 Aug 2015 | Business Spectator

    Despite recent easing, youth unemployment remains worryingly high following a flood of jobless youngsters since the start ... Read More

  3. The great immigration menace - another ‘lump of labour’ fallacy tale

    Patrick Carvalho | 28 Jul 2015 | SBS

    Immigrants do not threaten our jobs — on the contrary, they create new possibilities and demand in our economy.... Read More

  4. Don’t hike the GST, reform hospital spending instead

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jul 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Under no circumstances should the GST rate be raised to pour larger sums of taxpayer’s money into the fiscal black holes ... Read More

  5. Federal comfort zones must be abandoned

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2015 | Canberra Times

    Much has been said about the contest between political expediency and visionary leadership in the recent conduct of public ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 3 (wrong) attitudes towards ageing

    Simon Cowan | 31 Jul 2015

    Our population is ageing. This will bring profound economic and fiscal challenges that will require significant changes in ...

  2. Another unhelpful tax thought bubble

    Robert Carling | 31 Jul 2015

    Last weekend's ALP conference resolution committing a future Labor government to 'consider' a version of the so-called Buffett ...

  3. Moratorium on health tax and spend policies

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jul 2015

    We urgently need to change the conversation about health. The Intergenerational Reports have warned for more than a decade ...

  4. Reform retreat a tax-fest

    Robert Carling | 24 Jul 2015

    Paul Keating once warned, "Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money". Rarely has the hazard been more on ...

  5. Brave new 21 st century

    Patrick Carvalho | 24 Jul 2015

    The recent advancements in the information and communications technology - in particular the advent of the internet and smartphones ...

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