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

  • 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…...
    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…
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Media & Commentary

  • Tax Freedom Day 21 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Congratulations, we’ve passed Tax Freedom Day. We’re no longer working for the government and have started working for ourselves. It has taken 102 days for Australians to pay off the annual tax burden. In this period, ending on 13 April,…
    Congratulations, we’ve passed Tax Freedom Day. We’re no longer working for the government and have started working for ourselves. It has taken 102 days for Australians to pay off the annual tax burden. In this period, ending on 13 April,…
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  • Australia needs to change investment climate for good 20 April 2017 | Australian Financial Review
    Business investment in Australia is weak; built on foundations of straw. It would take a mere huff and puff from a downturn for it all to come tumbling to the ground. Australia needs long-term structural solutions to this problem, not…
    Business investment in Australia is weak; built on foundations of straw. It would take a mere huff and puff from a downturn for it all to come tumbling to the ground. Australia needs long-term structural solutions to this problem, not…
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  • Cuts are not deep enough 07 April 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Australia finally has a corporate tax cut, after almost a year of acrimonious — even painful — debate. Numerous incorrect arguments against a tax cut were wheeled out by the usual suspects, and the  government appeared reluctant to defend their…
    Australia finally has a corporate tax cut, after almost a year of acrimonious — even painful — debate. Numerous incorrect arguments against a tax cut were wheeled out by the usual suspects, and the  government appeared reluctant to defend their…
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  • Penalising big companies means a bonsai economy 06 April 2017 | Australian Financial Review
    Do we want a bonsai economy for Australia? Everything in miniature, with growth actively discouraged. This is what many Australian politicians are apparently aiming for. Through explicit government policy, business growth is being suppressed. Adding to the existing list of…
    Do we want a bonsai economy for Australia? Everything in miniature, with growth actively discouraged. This is what many Australian politicians are apparently aiming for. Through explicit government policy, business growth is being suppressed. Adding to the existing list of…
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  • Bonsai business 31 March 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    Do we want a bonsai economy for Australia? Everything in miniature, with growth actively discouraged. This is what many Australian politicians apparently want, through explicit government policy that supresses business growth. Payroll tax and land tax rates are higher for…
    Do we want a bonsai economy for Australia? Everything in miniature, with growth actively discouraged. This is what many Australian politicians apparently want, through explicit government policy that supresses business growth. Payroll tax and land tax rates are higher for…
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Publications

  • Fix it or Fail: Why we must cut company tax now 04 October 2016 | RR20
    Australia needs to cut company tax to 25% to boost business investment, which is currently at recessionary levels. An investment boost will grow the economy, leading to increased wages, employment, national income, exports and productivity. Business investment is being hampered by our uncompetitive company tax, which is highly inefficient and…...
    Australia needs to cut company tax to 25% to boost business investment, which is currently at recessionary levels. An investment boost will grow the economy, leading to increased wages, employment, national income, exports and productivity. Business investment is being hampered by our uncompetitive company tax, which is highly inefficient and…
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  • Submission to Senate Inquiry on Treasury Laws Amendment (Enterprise Tax Plan) Bill 2016 03 October 2016 | CIS Submission
    The submission by CIS Research Fellow Michael Potter provides a detailed case for a reduction in the company tax rate as contained in the Bill. The submission details the uncompetitive nature of Australia’s company tax system, the benefits of the tax cut, and responses to some of the arguments presented…...
    The submission by CIS Research Fellow Michael Potter provides a detailed case for a reduction in the company tax rate as contained in the Bill. The submission details the uncompetitive nature of Australia’s company tax system, the benefits of the tax cut, and responses to some of the arguments presented…
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  • Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Enterprise Tax Plan Bill 2016 30 September 2016 | CIS Submission
    The growing company tax burden contrasts with the state of the economy, which is showing some weaknesses and facing substantial risks — as discussed later in this paper. Australia’s company tax system is not well placed to address these risks. The tax rate was 49% in the 1980s, and was…...
    The growing company tax burden contrasts with the state of the economy, which is showing some weaknesses and facing substantial risks — as discussed later in this paper. Australia’s company tax system is not well placed to address these risks. The tax rate was 49% in the 1980s, and was…
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  • The case against tax increases in Australia: The growing burden 07 June 2016 | Research Report 15
    View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax burden. In the past when…...
    View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax burden. In the past when…
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  • The case against tax increases in Australia: The growing burden 07 June 2016 | Research Report 15
    View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax burden. In the past when…...
    View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax burden. In the past when…
    READ MORE