Most people agree that some rules are necessary for markets to work. But what rules do we really need? And how can we make sure they do not become too much of a burden on businesses and consumers?


The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a…

Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient
Alexander Philipatos
29 May 2014 | T30.10

As the commission of audit has uncovered, the government must make significant cuts to spending to get the budget back into surplus. In the quest to find savings, the government cannot ignore the public service. For almost 25 years the government has turned to the…

Submission to the National Commission of Audit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha
01 April 2014 | T30.08

The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a…

Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation
Helen Andrews
06 February 2014 | IA143

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission was established by the Gillard government in 2012 with the intended purpose of cutting the red tape faced by Australia’s charities. So far, the regulator has failed to make any significant progress on this goal or on its two…

Emergency Budget Repair Kit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha
21 November 2013 | T30.05

The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future fiscal challenges. There are some simple steps that can move the budget back to surplus in the short term. The…

Media & Commentary

A costly tax for Australian businesses
Michael Potter
21 August 2015 | Business Spect

Many issues have been raised in all the debate on tax reform. Company tax reform discussions have focused on encouraging foreigners to invest in Australia. But what about addressing disincentives…

Brave new 21 st century
Patrick Carvalho
24 July 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

The recent advancements in the information and communications technology – in particular the advent of the internet and smartphones – are fundamentally reducing transaction costs and improving production efficiency. And…

Reform retreat a tax-fest
Robert Carling
24 July 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

Paul Keating once warned, “Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money”. Rarely has the hazard been more on display as state premiers lined up this week…

Poor Priority
Trisha Jha
12 June 2015 | ideas@TheCentre

One of the great things about technology is how it’s enabled us to take advantage of opportunities for exchange in a real-time and more convenient fashion. Companies like Airbnb and…

Deflation is bad
Patrick Carvalho
24 April 2015

A recent study published by the International Monetary Fund has sparked fears about Australia being placed in the same category as deflation-wracked Japan. For starters, Australia is not facing at…