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

  • 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

  • Turnbull laid the groundwork for SA’s bank levy, but he should now think about withholding GST from the state 24 June 2017 | BUSINESS INSIDER
    The South Australian state budget tabled yesterday provides further confirmation that Australian fiscal policy is on a slippery slope to ruin. In particular, the new tax on major bank liabilities — intended to replicate the (also new) equivalent Commonwealth tax…
    The South Australian state budget tabled yesterday provides further confirmation that Australian fiscal policy is on a slippery slope to ruin. In particular, the new tax on major bank liabilities — intended to replicate the (also new) equivalent Commonwealth tax…
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  • Is it really all smiles for NSW? 21 June 2017 | The Spectator - Flat White
    Alarm bells should ring when treasurers resort to hyperbole to describe their budget achievements. With Paul Keating in the late 1980s it was ‘bringing home the bacon’ — not long before the economy went into recession and the budget into…
    Alarm bells should ring when treasurers resort to hyperbole to describe their budget achievements. With Paul Keating in the late 1980s it was ‘bringing home the bacon’ — not long before the economy went into recession and the budget into…
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  • Fiscal funny games and milking miners won’t win the West 01 June 2017 | The Spectator - Flat White
    One of the maxims of fiscal policy is that when a government is on the hunt for revenue, weird and unexpected things can happen. Everyone had better be wary, but especially large businesses that report large absolute profits. This maxim…
    One of the maxims of fiscal policy is that when a government is on the hunt for revenue, weird and unexpected things can happen. Everyone had better be wary, but especially large businesses that report large absolute profits. This maxim…
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  • Ramshackle federalism lives on 26 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The recent federal budget clearly marks a shift to higher spending and higher taxation; and a retreat from the Coalition government’s previous (at least rhetorical) emphasis on expenditure discipline rather than tax increases. What has been less noticed is the…
    The recent federal budget clearly marks a shift to higher spending and higher taxation; and a retreat from the Coalition government’s previous (at least rhetorical) emphasis on expenditure discipline rather than tax increases. What has been less noticed is the…
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  • What the bank levy says about the budget 12 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre
    The new levy on selected liabilities — mainly borrowings and non-guaranteed deposits — of selected banks (the big four and Macquarie) is an unexpected tax grab of at least $1.5 billion a year.  The levy encapsulates the twin themes of…
    The new levy on selected liabilities — mainly borrowings and non-guaranteed deposits — of selected banks (the big four and Macquarie) is an unexpected tax grab of at least $1.5 billion a year.  The levy encapsulates the twin themes of…
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Publications

  • 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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  • 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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