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. 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...

  2. Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    Robert Carling | 09 Jul 2014 | Special Publications

    Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more... Read More...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. The Task Ahead: The Hon Joe Hockey MP

    Joe Hockey | 08 Nov 2013 | Speeches

    Joe Hockey, in his first domestic keynote address as Treasurer, talks about the economic challanges facing the Coalition... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Hockey’s tax receipts don’t reveal the deficit

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    What do Joe Hockey's new tax receipts for individuals really tell us about what the government spends and receives?... Read More

  2. Scapegoating investors won’t slow up house prices

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Unless global real interest rates rise significantly in the future, the gains in house prices are unlikely to be unwound.... Read More

  3. Inflation must be in the tax review

    Robert Carling | 16 May 2014 | The Australian

    The cumulative effects of bracket creep are substantial and are best nipped in the bud each year rather than being allowed ... Read More

  4. Levy and parental leave scheme make bad politics

    Simon Cowan | 12 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The temporary deficit tax has joined the gold-plated PPL scheme as a policy millstone around the neck of the Prime Minister.... Read More

  5. A short-term deficit levy plug does not fill a long-term hole

    Robert Carling | 30 Apr 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    A temporary tax increase makes no economic sense. It makes no difference to what the deficit will be after the increase is ... Read More

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  1. There is no 'right' to help yourself to the taxes of others

    Peter Kurti | 03 Oct 2014

    Political, social or economic problems are readily cast as human rights issue these days....

  2. The truth about fact checkers

    Matthew Taylor | 26 Sep 2014

    While Fact Check has exposed some of the most egregious examples of misinformation with an appeal to official statistics, ...

  3. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

  4. Independent tax commission won't work in practice

    Simon Cowan | 22 Aug 2014

    Would a tax commission provide ‘fiercely independent advice’ on tax reform to the government, along a similar model to ...

  5. Why we need structural budget reform

    Tom Camp | 25 Jul 2014

    Some of the Abbott government’s challenges come from the Howard government failing to make the most of the windfall gain ...

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