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

States and territories in the age of entitlement
Robert Carling
13 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Carve 10 percentage points out of personal income tax, put it in the hands of a sub-national government, and reduce grants to said government by an equivalent amount. Malcolm Turnbull’s…

Skin in the game
Theodore Dalrymple
13 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Everyone likes a good play on words and one of the best I’ve come across recently was on the side of a van parked outside my temporary home in Sydney:…

Company taxes do harm wages
Michael Potter
13 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Where is the evidence of the benefits of a company tax cut for workers? Clearly non-existent, according to some commentators , with one even arguing there was NO evidence from ANYWHERE IN THE…

The magic pudding, vested interests and company tax cuts
Michael Potter
12 May 2016 | Australian Financial Review

The Magic Pudding is children’s fiction, but its concept of self-replenishment is a fact when it comes to looking at company tax cuts. Tax experts have clearly outlined that cuts…

Another day, another argument that taxes should be higher.
Michael Potter
12 May 2016 | Catallaxy Files

This time, it is the Age arguing that the case for company tax cuts is weak. First, the article oddly states that the costs of the tax cut are being…