Research Scholars – The Centre for Independent Studies

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. Robert’s recent reports include Voting for a living: A shift in Australian politics from selling policies to buying votes? (with co-author Terrence O’Brien) and Too Little; Too Late: Personal Income Tax Reform in Australia.

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.


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Featured Publication

  • Attitudes to a post-Covid Australia 26 August 2021 | AP25
    There are both reasons for optimism and reasons for pessimism in this paper. The poll suggests that Australians are unlikely to meekly accept ongoing lockdowns once vaccination reaches critical levels. Only a small minority believe we should continue to chase…...
    There are both reasons for optimism and reasons for pessimism in this paper. The poll suggests that Australians are unlikely to meekly accept ongoing lockdowns once vaccination reaches critical levels. Only a small minority believe we should continue to chase…
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Media & Commentary

  • The Long Road Ahead for NSW Property Tax Reform 13 October 2021 | Epoch Times
    Dominic Perrottet’s elevation from treasurer to Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has brought attention back to his long-term plan to replace the stamp duty on property transactions with an annual tax on land value. Perrottet wants to make his…
    Dominic Perrottet’s elevation from treasurer to Premier of New South Wales (NSW) has brought attention back to his long-term plan to replace the stamp duty on property transactions with an annual tax on land value. Perrottet wants to make his…
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  • Morrison should call Queensland’s hospital bluff to blast open borders 12 October 2021 | Australian Financial Review
    Most Commonwealth-state interactions in our federation ultimately come down to an argument about money. In the latest twist to the national cabinet’s COVID-19 response, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has managed to craft a dispute about Commonwealth funding of public hospitals. She says…
    Most Commonwealth-state interactions in our federation ultimately come down to an argument about money. In the latest twist to the national cabinet’s COVID-19 response, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has managed to craft a dispute about Commonwealth funding of public hospitals. She says…
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  • Australian Regulators Keeping an Eye on Its Housing Boom 04 October 2021 | The Epoch Times
    Buying a house or apartment in Australia is about to become harder, especially for those who already find it hard. It’s not because there is any prospect of interest rates increasing in the foreseeable future. On the contrary, the Reserve…
    Buying a house or apartment in Australia is about to become harder, especially for those who already find it hard. It’s not because there is any prospect of interest rates increasing in the foreseeable future. On the contrary, the Reserve…
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  • OECD's tax reform proposal for Australia is hard to disagree with 26 September 2021 | Canberra Times
    Calls for tax reform are always grist for the headline writers’ mill, especially when they come from an international organisation. So it was with the recent economic survey of Australia issued by the Paris-based OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and…
    Calls for tax reform are always grist for the headline writers’ mill, especially when they come from an international organisation. So it was with the recent economic survey of Australia issued by the Paris-based OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and…
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  • Closed Borders Are Paralysing the Country 03 September 2021 | Epoch Times
    There are signs in public attitudes and statements by at least some of Australia’s political and business leaders that the national mood is becoming less accepting of restrictions to eliminate or contain COVID-19—and increasingly aware of the costs of trying…
    There are signs in public attitudes and statements by at least some of Australia’s political and business leaders that the national mood is becoming less accepting of restrictions to eliminate or contain COVID-19—and increasingly aware of the costs of trying…
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Publications

  • 90 Days to Freedom? Why Australia can learn from Canada’s vaccination success 18 August 2021 | PP43
    Predictions have been made by the Doherty Institute and others that Australia will achieve full vaccination of 70% of the eligible population by the end of October and 80% by mid-November, thereby meeting the thresholds for liberalisation of restrictions set by national cabinet. Doubts that have been expressed about these…...
    Predictions have been made by the Doherty Institute and others that Australia will achieve full vaccination of 70% of the eligible population by the end of October and 80% by mid-November, thereby meeting the thresholds for liberalisation of restrictions set by national cabinet. Doubts that have been expressed about these…
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  • The Looming Iceberg: Australia’s post-pandemic debt risk 28 January 2021 | PP35
    After many years with low public debt, Australia is seeing a much higher debt burden as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In the years ahead, according to recent budget estimates, it will reach close to $2 trillion in aggregate at the Commonwealth and state/territory levels of government. This poses…...
    After many years with low public debt, Australia is seeing a much higher debt burden as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In the years ahead, according to recent budget estimates, it will reach close to $2 trillion in aggregate at the Commonwealth and state/territory levels of government. This poses…
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  • The Economic Challenge of Covid-19 08 July 2020 | PP32
    Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the Australian economy was under-performing its potential and in need of reinvigoration. Economic growth in per capita terms had slowed to a crawl and business investment and productivity growth were depressed. Policy changes that were previously desirable have now been rendered crucial by the…...
    Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the Australian economy was under-performing its potential and in need of reinvigoration. Economic growth in per capita terms had slowed to a crawl and business investment and productivity growth were depressed. Policy changes that were previously desirable have now been rendered crucial by the…
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  • State Finances after the Pandemic 28 May 2020 | PP29
    The strength of Australia’s government finances is an important dimension of economic performance as it helps set the foundations for the delivery of public services, the flexibility governments need to respond to unexpected events and a stable fiscal environment for private sector investment. This strength is being severely tested by…...
    The strength of Australia’s government finances is an important dimension of economic performance as it helps set the foundations for the delivery of public services, the flexibility governments need to respond to unexpected events and a stable fiscal environment for private sector investment. This strength is being severely tested by…
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  • Myth vs Reality: The case against increasing Capital Gains Tax 05 March 2019 | PP18
    Australia’s capital gains tax (CGT) policy has been largely settled for almost 20 years. However, it has come under renewed scrutiny as a result of the Australian Labor Party’s federal election platform proposal to halve the 50% CGT discount and thereby effectively increase the tax by 50%. If the objective…...
    Australia’s capital gains tax (CGT) policy has been largely settled for almost 20 years. However, it has come under renewed scrutiny as a result of the Australian Labor Party’s federal election platform proposal to halve the 50% CGT discount and thereby effectively increase the tax by 50%. If the objective…
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