Michael Potter

Research Fellow, Economics Program

Michael Potter

Expertise: taxation, superannuation, social security and welfare, workplace relations, competition policy, infrastructure investment and regulation, general business regulation, economic inequality.

Michael is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Michael has worked for the Parliamentary Budget Office, the Federal Departments of Treasury, Environment and Prime Minister & Cabinet (where he advised then Prime Minister John Howard on the introduction of the GST).

He has also worked as Policy Manager, Economics at the National Farmers’ Federation, and Director, Economics and Taxation at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Michael has completed a Masters of Applied Economics from ANU and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Sydney.


Featured Publication

  • Submission to Productivity Commission - Draft report: Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services 14 July 2017 | CIS Submission
    The Productivity Commission (PC) released a draft report proposing reforms to increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. CIS responded to the PC’s report with a submission covering two issues raised in the draft report: social housing…...
    The Productivity Commission (PC) released a draft report proposing reforms to increased competition, contestability and informed user choice to human services. CIS responded to the PC’s report with a submission covering two issues raised in the draft report: social housing…
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Media & Commentary

  • Investors not to blame for rise in renters 21 July 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The release of the latest Census figures has shown home ownership is down, and (unsurprisingly) investors are being blamed, particularly the negative gearing ‘tax concession’ for investors. Well not so fast. It is true that over the decade to 2016,…
    The release of the latest Census figures has shown home ownership is down, and (unsurprisingly) investors are being blamed, particularly the negative gearing ‘tax concession’ for investors. Well not so fast. It is true that over the decade to 2016,…
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  • Why we'll all pay for South Australia's bank heist. 12 July 2017 | THE SPECTATOR - FLAT WHITE
    The South Australia state parliament is in recess for a fortnight. It’s time for Premier Jay Weatherill and his bullish Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, to decide if they’ll continue to try to rip off the rest of us for yet more…
    The South Australia state parliament is in recess for a fortnight. It’s time for Premier Jay Weatherill and his bullish Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, to decide if they’ll continue to try to rip off the rest of us for yet more…
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  • New record set for tax hike 23 June 2017 | THE SPECTATOR - FLAT WHITE
    A9X9B5 Tax Rate button on calculator This must be a new record for the speed of a tax hike. On Monday 19 June, the federal parliament passed legislation implementing the major bank levy. And yesterday — just four days later…
    A9X9B5 Tax Rate button on calculator This must be a new record for the speed of a tax hike. On Monday 19 June, the federal parliament passed legislation implementing the major bank levy. And yesterday — just four days later…
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  • Major Bank Levy a trickery lesson 23 June 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    There have been plenty of attempts to confuse the public over who pays the Major Bank Levy. While it is supposedly a tax on the five major banks of about $1.6 billion per year, it will actually end up being…
    There have been plenty of attempts to confuse the public over who pays the Major Bank Levy. While it is supposedly a tax on the five major banks of about $1.6 billion per year, it will actually end up being…
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  • Major bank levy increase – a new record for tax hike speed? 22 June 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE
    The major bank levy is increasing after just four days, with today’s additional levy announcement by the South Australian government. “This must be a new record for the shortest time between a tax being introduced and being increased,” CIS economist…
    The major bank levy is increasing after just four days, with today’s additional levy announcement by the South Australian government. “This must be a new record for the shortest time between a tax being introduced and being increased,” CIS economist…
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Publications

  • The Major Bank Levy: We’re all going to be hit 19 June 2017 | RR29
    The major bank levy was proposed in the 2017–18 Budget. The levy has numerous flaws including: The costs of the levy will likely be passed on as higher interest rates for mortgages and business loans, harming households and business investment which is very weak. The levy won’t materially change the…...
    The major bank levy was proposed in the 2017–18 Budget. The levy has numerous flaws including: The costs of the levy will likely be passed on as higher interest rates for mortgages and business loans, harming households and business investment which is very weak. The levy won’t materially change the…
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  • Submission to IPART Review of Social and Affordable Housing Rent Models 15 May 2017 | CIS Submission
    In April, IPART released a draft report into models for setting social and affordable housing rent. The CIS submission on the IPART draft argues for reforms including: All new social housing tenants, and all existing tenants who wish to move, should be provided with informed choice over the dwelling they…...
    In April, IPART released a draft report into models for setting social and affordable housing rent. The CIS submission on the IPART draft argues for reforms including: All new social housing tenants, and all existing tenants who wish to move, should be provided with informed choice over the dwelling they…
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  • Reforming Social Housing: financing and tenant autonomy 27 April 2017 | RR25
    Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs. Waiting lists are very long,…...
    Around 400,000 Australians live in social housing, which includes public and community housing. This sector is ripe for reform, with many public housing dwellings failing adequacy standards, numerous tenants are dissatisfied and live in housing that is too small or too large for their needs. Waiting lists are very long,…
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  • Submission to Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance 19 April 2017 | CIS Submission
    Corporate tax avoidance is an issue of some concern to the Australian community. However, many assertions made in the debate about tax avoidance are not supported by evidence; such as statements that company tax avoidance is widespread. Instead, the evidence shows that company tax revenue is above historical averages and…...
    Corporate tax avoidance is an issue of some concern to the Australian community. However, many assertions made in the debate about tax avoidance are not supported by evidence; such as statements that company tax avoidance is widespread. Instead, the evidence shows that company tax revenue is above historical averages and…
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  • Comments on ‘Better Budgeting Discussion Paper’ 13 April 2017 | CIS Submission
    The following comments are offered in response to the call for submissions on the ‘Better Budgeting Discussion Paper’ issued by Jim Chalmers MP in February 2017. The comments represent the views of the authors and not necessarily those of The Centre for Independent Studies....
    The following comments are offered in response to the call for submissions on the ‘Better Budgeting Discussion Paper’ issued by Jim Chalmers MP in February 2017. The comments represent the views of the authors and not necessarily those of The Centre for Independent Studies.
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