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Government Spending

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Governments spend taxpayers’ money on a wide range of programmes from education to defence and from welfare to infrastructure. Yet there can be too much of a good thing, and some government spending is just wasteful. How can we ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money?

Publications

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  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. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce ... Read More

  2. Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees ... Read More

  3. The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

  4. Nanny trial: the devil is in the detail

    Trisha Jha | 28 Apr 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Since the Productivity Commission’s draft report into childcare was released in July last year, the issue of whether nannies ... Read More

  5. Reverse mortgage is key to reform

    Matthew Taylor | 27 Apr 2015 | The Australian

    The retirement system is failing to deliver the living standards it could for many retirees and pensioners, while costing ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and ...

  2. Three pillars reform needed to fix pension

    Simon Cowan | 24 Apr 2015

    There are three ‘pillars’ supporting retirement in Australia. Superannuation, the age pension and the family home. If ...

  3. Deflation is bad

    Patrick Carvalho | 24 Apr 2015

    For starters, Australia is not facing at present an imminent danger of deflation -- as a closer, less sensationalist look ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

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