Economic Policy

The Centre for Independent Studies is guided by the philosophy of free markets and individual responsibility. Our economic policy research centres on ideas that will strengthen Australia’s economy for the future and challenge the reach of big government. With ongoing uncertainty for economies around the world, the CIS’ research into financial and monetary issues is more vital than ever in helping shape public policy.

Continuing economic reform is desperately needed in Australia, and that is why our TARGET30 program seeks to reduce waste in government and in the public sector, and to bring government spending under control.

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Publications

MEDI-VALUE: Health Insurance and Service Innovation in Australia - Implications for the Future of Medicare
Jeremy Sammut
20 April 2016 | Research Report 14

For healthcare innovation to flourish there needs to be a real market for health services in Australia. Providers that deliver cost-effective, patient-centred care should be rewarded for increased efficiency and lower costs by being able to sell that value-proposition to cost-and quality-conscious purchasers. For innovation…

Investor-State Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Debunking the Myths
Patrick Carvalho
13 April 2016 | Research Report 13

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a legal provision in international agreements that enables foreign investors to take host states to an arbitral tribunal for alleged treaty breaches. The goal of investor-state arbitration is to provide a de-politicised, unbiased and law-based adjudication forum to guarantee the…

Taming the Monster: Reforming Personal Income Tax
Robert Carling
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…

Taming the Monster: Reforming Personal Income Tax
Robert Carling
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…

The myths of the generational bargain
Simon Cowan
01 March 2016 | Research Report 10

There has been a marked growth in pension cost and cohort. The percentage of people of retirement age has risen from less than 2% to almost 11% between 1911 and 2011, while the percentage of people receiving the pension has increased from around 30% to…

Media & Commentary

Negative gearing helps poorer people most
Michael Potter
29 April 2016 | ABC The Drum

Should we get rid of tax provisions that provide a greater benefit to the rich than the poor? That’s the argument we hear from those who want negative gearing abolished:…

CGT trumps negative gearing
Robert Carling
29 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

If England was a nation of shopkeepers as Napoleon is said to have asserted, modern Australia is a nation of landlords. The popularity of small-scale residential bricks-and-mortar investment, and the…

Periscopes down
Simon Cowan
29 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is telling that when the Prime Minister announced that Australia will spend $50 billion or more on 12 new submarines he was flanked by the South Australian-based federal Minister…

It all makes work
Theodore Dalrymple
29 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Victorian State government has announced it will spend $500 million more on the reduction of family violence over the next two years. This is really quite a modest sum,…

Axing negative gearing will hit low earners harder than high earners
Michael Potter
27 April 2016

Abolishing negative gearing will be regressive: it will hit low income earners harder than high income earners, according to Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) economist Michael Potter. CIS analysis of…