Occasional Papers


Red tape and Australia’s economic malaise
Michael Potter
07 February 2018 | OP164

Australia is in a period of economic malaise. GDP per person has been growing slowly ever since the GFC. Australia’s performance is mediocre compared to other developed countries; by contrast, we outperformed before the GFC.…

The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic…

Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money
Anne Twomey, Robert Carling
29 October 2014 | OP138

It is uncontroversial that federal-state financial relations need reform, but it is necessary to understand how we got to the current position and what constitutional constraints and principles are relevant to future reforms. Those who…

Smothered by the Security Blanket. Risk, Responsibility and the role of Government
Caspar Conde
19 September 2005 | OP95

To what extent can the government manage risk in our society without smothering self-responsibility and impinging on personal liberties? Conde outlines strategies for reducing risks citing examples of heavy handed state intervention and paternalism

Beyond Romanticism: Questioning the Green Gospel
Samuel Gregg
02 July 2000 | OP73

In this occasinal Paper, Samuel Gregg raises questions about the adequacy of many Christian pronouncements and commetaries on environmental issues. Too often, he contends, they are characterised by questionable theological premises as well as a…