Matthew O’Donnell

Senior Research Fellow

Matthew O’Donnell

Matthew has  20 years’ experience providing economic, investment and corporate finance advice to corporations, institutional investors and governments.

Matthew has worked in numerous parts of the finance industry with a particular emphasis on infrastructure investment.  He has sourced, undertaken commercial due-diligence and managed an array of infrastructure assets in a diverse number of industries including the aviation, transport and the utilities sectors.  He has managed various investment teams in Australia and overseas and also has extensive experience in managing fixed income and listed equity portfolios and managing exotic financial instruments such as Collateralized Debt Obligations and financial derivatives.

He has also worked for the Commonwealth Treasury and the Commonwealth Department of Finance  and Administration and has researched and provided advice to governments on tax, fiscal, investment and regulation policy.


Featured Publication

Media & Commentary

  • Superannuation reform score: maths 1, good intentions 0 01 June 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The Productivity Commission wants to help Australians get a better return from superannuation, but unfortunately good intentions can’t trump basic maths. In its draft report Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness, the PC recommended: Members should select a default superannuation product…
    The Productivity Commission wants to help Australians get a better return from superannuation, but unfortunately good intentions can’t trump basic maths. In its draft report Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness, the PC recommended: Members should select a default superannuation product…
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  • Tax and cut – the modern oxymoron 11 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    This week’s newspapers have been ablaze with headlines rejoicing at the government’s announcement of tax cuts. Unfortunately, the joining of the words tax and cut has become a modern oxymoron, a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear…
    This week’s newspapers have been ablaze with headlines rejoicing at the government’s announcement of tax cuts. Unfortunately, the joining of the words tax and cut has become a modern oxymoron, a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear…
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  • Ron Barassi and the marvel of spontaneous order 04 May 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Before the rise of the AFL, when our sporting heroes ranged the muddy pastures of long forgotten suburban grounds such as North Sydney Oval, Leichardt, Victoria Park and Windy Hill, our great nation was split along the Barassi Line. The…
    Before the rise of the AFL, when our sporting heroes ranged the muddy pastures of long forgotten suburban grounds such as North Sydney Oval, Leichardt, Victoria Park and Windy Hill, our great nation was split along the Barassi Line. The…
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  • Tax by stealth – the art of plucking the golden goose 20 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing. — Jean-Baptiste Colbert Congratulations Australia, the tax collector has just finished plucking your financial feathers for another year! April 16…
    The art of taxation consists of plucking the goose so as to obtain the most feathers with the least hissing. — Jean-Baptiste Colbert Congratulations Australia, the tax collector has just finished plucking your financial feathers for another year! April 16…
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  • Sugar tax: ‘Do Something’ Economics 101 13 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The UK’s recent implementation of a sugar tax has reignited the push for an Australian sugar tax, pointing to ‘science’. Often, our scientific and political elites really have no idea what they are doing. But in spite of this, they…
    The UK’s recent implementation of a sugar tax has reignited the push for an Australian sugar tax, pointing to ‘science’. Often, our scientific and political elites really have no idea what they are doing. But in spite of this, they…
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Publications

  • Too Little; Too Late: Personal Income Tax Reform in Australia 13 June 2018 | PP5
    The main thrust of the Government’s proposed personal income tax changes announced in the 2018-19 Budget is welcome, but they could be improved to better promote economic efficiency. Also, implementation should be brought forward, with the earlier revenue losses offset by tighter expenditure management. Specifically, the government’s proposal should be…...
    The main thrust of the Government’s proposed personal income tax changes announced in the 2018-19 Budget is welcome, but they could be improved to better promote economic efficiency. Also, implementation should be brought forward, with the earlier revenue losses offset by tighter expenditure management. Specifically, the government’s proposal should be…
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