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

  • Cutting income tax: can we add the bacon to the hamburger and milkshake tax cuts? 15 April 2018 | PP1
    The key problems in personal income tax are excessive marginal rates and an increasing overall average tax rate as bracket creep goes unchecked. Political objectives aside, there is a sound economic case for tax cuts. The government should give priority…...
    The key problems in personal income tax are excessive marginal rates and an increasing overall average tax rate as bracket creep goes unchecked. Political objectives aside, there is a sound economic case for tax cuts. The government should give priority…
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Media & Commentary

  • The tax cut menu 20 April 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    With the Turnbull government raising expectations of personal income tax cuts in the forthcoming budget, the question is whether it can deliver a cut that does not disappoint in both size and quality. Forward estimates prepared as recently as six…
    With the Turnbull government raising expectations of personal income tax cuts in the forthcoming budget, the question is whether it can deliver a cut that does not disappoint in both size and quality. Forward estimates prepared as recently as six…
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  • New CIS research: The three priorities for cutting income tax 15 April 2018 | MEDIA RELEASE
    The government should deliver income tax relief in the Budget, but it’s not clear they can afford to make real cuts, according to the latest research from the Centre for Independent Studies. In the CIS policy paper Cutting income tax:…
    The government should deliver income tax relief in the Budget, but it’s not clear they can afford to make real cuts, according to the latest research from the Centre for Independent Studies. In the CIS policy paper Cutting income tax:…
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  • Another week, another tax grab 16 March 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre
    It was entirely predictable that the Shorten government-in-waiting would eventually get around to cancelling the refundable status of dividend franking credits. After all, they have big spending promises to pay for, and they can grab this tax bucket in the…
    It was entirely predictable that the Shorten government-in-waiting would eventually get around to cancelling the refundable status of dividend franking credits. After all, they have big spending promises to pay for, and they can grab this tax bucket in the…
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  • Franking credits raid just another piecemeal revenue grab 14 March 2018 | The Australian Financial Review
    It was entirely predictable that Labor in opposition or in government would eventually get around to withdrawing the refundable status of dividend franking credits. After all, in government they would have big spending promises to pay for and would also…
    It was entirely predictable that Labor in opposition or in government would eventually get around to withdrawing the refundable status of dividend franking credits. After all, in government they would have big spending promises to pay for and would also…
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  • Treasury's update on the 'cost' of limiting Australian taxes is easy to twist into bad arguments for raising them 01 February 2018 | BUSINESS INSIDER
    With the campaign to increase tax on superannuation in full swing two years ago, Kelly O’Dwyer (Assistant Treasurer at the time) let it be known that superannuation tax concessions were “a gift that the government should only provide when it…
    With the campaign to increase tax on superannuation in full swing two years ago, Kelly O’Dwyer (Assistant Treasurer at the time) let it be known that superannuation tax concessions were “a gift that the government should only provide when it…
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Publications

  • From Reform to Retreat: 30 Years of Australian Fiscal Policy 10 December 2017 | OP161
    Australia entered an era of economic reform in the mid-1980s as policymakers resolved to liberalise the country’s economy and strengthen its public finances. Fiscal reform, which is the subject of this paper, was an important part of the process. These reforms included management of the fiscal balance and public debt,…...
    Australia entered an era of economic reform in the mid-1980s as policymakers resolved to liberalise the country’s economy and strengthen its public finances. Fiscal reform, which is the subject of this paper, was an important part of the process. These reforms included management of the fiscal balance and public debt,…
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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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  • 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 a return to net operating surpluses, much reduced fiscal deficits,…...
    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 a return to net operating surpluses, much reduced fiscal deficits,…
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  • Where Your Tax Dollars Go 27 May 2016
    Negative gearing has yet again been splashed in the media this week. On Tuesday, a draft report arguing against the ALP’s proposed changes to negative gearing and CGT was leaked to the press. The report was criticised because it was commissioned by Greg Paramor, managing director of property company Folkestone,…...
    Negative gearing has yet again been splashed in the media this week. On Tuesday, a draft report arguing against the ALP’s proposed changes to negative gearing and CGT was leaked to the press. The report was criticised because it was commissioned by Greg Paramor, managing director of property company Folkestone,…
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