Robert Carling

Senior Fellow, Economics Program

Robert Carling

Expertise: taxation, government spending, fiscal policy, federalism

Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Robert is researching and writing about fiscal policy, taxation and federalism. In addition to working on TARGET30 papers Robert has recently written reports called Shrink Taxation by Shrinking Government! and States of Debt.

Prior to joining the CIS, Robert was Executive Director, Economic and Fiscal at the New South Wales Treasury from 1998 to 2006. Previous position have been with Commonwealth Treasury, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He holds academic qualifications in economics and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Georgetown University and the University of Queensland.


Featured Publication

  • Report Card on State Finances 19 February 2017 | RR23
    The Commonwealth government’s perilous financial position is well known, but the finances of state government also warrant our attention. In aggregate, since plunging heavily into deficit after 2007, the states’ fiscal position has improved markedly in recent years, marked by…...
    The Commonwealth government’s perilous financial position is well known, but the finances of state government also warrant our attention. In aggregate, since plunging heavily into deficit after 2007, the states’ fiscal position has improved markedly in recent years, marked by…
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Media & Commentary

  • When 50 per cent off is no bargain 22 February 2017 | The Spectator: Flat White
    Reducing the 50% capital gains tax discount is one of a welter of tax ideas to receive attention in the week since Treasurer Scott Morrison flagged tax increases as an alternative if the Senate fails to pass the government’s expenditure…
    Reducing the 50% capital gains tax discount is one of a welter of tax ideas to receive attention in the week since Treasurer Scott Morrison flagged tax increases as an alternative if the Senate fails to pass the government’s expenditure…
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  • State spending report card: As good as it gets for NSW and bad news for WA 21 February 2017 | Australian Financial Review
    Budget season has arrived, with all its speculation and anticipation leading up to a date in May. But let’s not forget as well as the federal budget there is a second tier of government with eight other budgets in preparation.…
    Budget season has arrived, with all its speculation and anticipation leading up to a date in May. But let’s not forget as well as the federal budget there is a second tier of government with eight other budgets in preparation.…
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  • Report Card on state finances 19 February 2017 | Media Release
    If the states were a school class being marked on fiscal discipline and frugal government, Western Australia would lag the cohort with a C-, South Australia and Tasmania would score a C, Queensland do just slightly better with a B-,…
    If the states were a school class being marked on fiscal discipline and frugal government, Western Australia would lag the cohort with a C-, South Australia and Tasmania would score a C, Queensland do just slightly better with a B-,…
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  • The new welfare state leviathan 17 February 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was described in a CIS report five years ago as “the new leviathan”; “in budgetary terms, another Medicare”; and “a monster of a government program.” This has been confirmed in spades, and it is…
    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was described in a CIS report five years ago as “the new leviathan”; “in budgetary terms, another Medicare”; and “a monster of a government program.” This has been confirmed in spades, and it is…
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  • Borrowing binge raises the debt roof 31 January 2017 | The Spectator - Flat White
    Scott Morrison returns to his desk this week with enthusiasm for company tax cuts reinforced by impressions gained from an overseas trip. But his attention will also be drawn back to the budget deficit as he faces the imminent prospect…
    Scott Morrison returns to his desk this week with enthusiasm for company tax cuts reinforced by impressions gained from an overseas trip. But his attention will also be drawn back to the budget deficit as he faces the imminent prospect…
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Publications

  • Taming the Monster: Reforming Personal Income Tax 05 April 2016 | Research Report 12
    Without any change in personal income tax rates or thresholds, the tax burden will increase substantially and many more taxpayers will face high marginal rates over the next few years. The adverse economic impact of personal income tax is already high and is set to rise further if these trends…...
    Without any change in personal income tax rates or thresholds, the tax burden will increase substantially and many more taxpayers will face high marginal rates over the next few years. The adverse economic impact of personal income tax is already high and is set to rise further if these trends…
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  • Taming the Monster: Reforming Personal Income Tax 05 April 2016 | Research Report 12
    Without any change in personal income tax rates or thresholds, the tax burden will increase substantially and many more taxpayers will face high marginal rates over the next few years. The adverse economic impact of personal income tax is already high and is set to rise further if these trends…...
    Without any change in personal income tax rates or thresholds, the tax burden will increase substantially and many more taxpayers will face high marginal rates over the next few years. The adverse economic impact of personal income tax is already high and is set to rise further if these trends…
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  • Exposing the Stealth Tax: the Bracket Creep rip-off 13 December 2015 | Research Report 8
    View Interactive Snapshot Bracket creep occurs when taxpayers pay a higher tax rate as their incomes increase due to inflation and economic growth. The tax increase due to bracket creep is $6 billion this year and the annual cost will hit $17 billion in 2018-19. The impact of bracket creep…...
    View Interactive Snapshot Bracket creep occurs when taxpayers pay a higher tax rate as their incomes increase due to inflation and economic growth. The tax increase due to bracket creep is $6 billion this year and the annual cost will hit $17 billion in 2018-19. The impact of bracket creep…
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  • Exposing the Stealth Tax: the Bracket Creep rip-off 13 December 2015 | Research Report 8
    View Interactive Snapshot Bracket creep occurs when taxpayers pay a higher tax rate as their incomes increase due to inflation and economic growth. The tax increase due to bracket creep is $6 billion this year and the annual cost will hit $17 billion in 2018-19. The impact of bracket creep…...
    View Interactive Snapshot Bracket creep occurs when taxpayers pay a higher tax rate as their incomes increase due to inflation and economic growth. The tax increase due to bracket creep is $6 billion this year and the annual cost will hit $17 billion in 2018-19. The impact of bracket creep…
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  • Principles and recommendations for tax reform - CIS submission National Reform Summit 27 August 2015 | CIS Submission
    The slant towards cutting taxes before 2010 was welcome, but for such an approach to return in the foreseeable future, the growth of government spending will have to be curbed and the size of government as a share of GDP reduced. Although tax reform may be pursued independently of the…...
    The slant towards cutting taxes before 2010 was welcome, but for such an approach to return in the foreseeable future, the growth of government spending will have to be curbed and the size of government as a share of GDP reduced. Although tax reform may be pursued independently of the…
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