The aim of the research at the CIS is to work towards an efficient and predictable tax system that does not impose too great a burden on the economy.


  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. 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...

  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. 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

  2. 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

  3. The big problem with raising the GST

    Robert Carling | 21 Jul 2015 | Business Spectator

    Mike Baird’s daring call for a 50% increase in the GST has put a bold idea on the table and is to be commended for that. ... Read More

  4. Pensioners are prudent by relying on taxpayers

    Simon Cowan | 10 Jul 2015 | Newcastle Herald

    Australia is currently having an overdue debate on retirement income policy. However, as the government and opposition both ... Read More

  5. Plucking the foreign flock may backfire

    Patrick Carvalho | 14 May 2015 | ABC The Drum

    As Jean-Baptiste Colbert said in the seventeenth century, the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to ... Read More

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  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. 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 ...

  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. 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 ...

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