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:



  1. 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.... Read More...

  2. 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... Read More...

  3. Conversation with Daniel Hannan

    Nick Cater | 14 Feb 2014 | Transcripts

    Daniel Hannan is one of the leading intellectual forces in British politics.In his latest book, Inventing Freedom: How the... Read More...

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

    Helen Rittelmeyer | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

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

  5. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Raising tax revenue just to throw it away is no answer

    Simon Cowan | 23 Apr 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    From troubling deficit figures in recent budgets, to dire predictions of blowouts in health and ageing spending in the intergenerational ... Read More

  2. No easy fix for youth unemployment

    Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio ... Read More

  3. Getting to the root of the 'tax crisis'

    Robert Carling | 21 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    Politicians have made promises that cannot be honoured from the existing tax base. Some may call that a revenue problem, ... Read More

  4. Getting millionaires off the old-age pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 15 Apr 2014 | The Daily Telegraph

    Joe Hockey should look to address the pension means test that allows millionaires to receive welfare.... Read More

  5. Europe holds its breath for ECB action

    Stephen Kirchner | 11 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    There have long been flashing warning signs that monetary policy in the eurozone has been too tight.... Read More

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  1. Back to first principles on family benefits

    Trisha Jha | 17 Apr 2014

    The government should not lose sight of the foundational principles involved in family benefits and welfare benefits. ...

  2. Paid Parental Leave: Is it really going to pay for the age pension?

    Matthew Taylor | 17 Apr 2014

    Is the government’s proposed paid parental leave scheme really about getting people back to work so they can pay for the ...

  3. Tax Freedom Day

    Robert Carling | 11 Apr 2014

    Australians worked solely to pay taxes from 1 January this year until 22 March to pay federal taxes and then until 9 April ...

  4. Sale of Medibank Private

    David Gadiel | 11 Apr 2014

    There is no case for public ownership of Medibank Private. ...

  5. Re-moralising the pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 11 Apr 2014

    What was the original purpose of the old age pension and how far have we strayed from this? ...

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