Finance, Banking, Monetary Systems

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Principles and recommendations for tax reform - CIS submission National Reform Summit
Simon Cowan, Robert Carling, Henry Ergas
27 August 2015 | The Centre for Independent Studies

The slant towards cutting taxes before 2010 was welcome, but for such an approach to return in the foreseeable future, the growth of government spending will have to be curbed and the size of government as a share of GDP reduced. Although tax reform may…

Submission to the National Commission of Audit
Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha
01 April 2014 | T30.08

The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government. This publication is an edited version of the CIS submission to the CoA listing practical solutions aimed at cutting government expenditure. The government should adopt a…

TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations
David Murray, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan
01 July 2013 | PF25

TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10 years. This collection of speeches presented at the campaign’s launch focuses on ensuring that the crucial services Australians need are delivered efficiently and effectively…

Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock
Robert Carling
28 September 2012 | IA134

Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock. Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies.

The Condensed Wealth of Nations and The Incredibly Condensed Theory of Moral Sentiments
Eamonn Butler
12 June 2012 | OP126

Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is one of the most important books ever written. Smith recognised that economic specialisation and cooperation was the key to improving living standards. He shattered old ways of thinking about trade, commerce and public policy, and led to the…

Media & Commentary

Humbugging our way to damnation
Theodore Dalrymple
22 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Prominent billboard advertisements for a large and important Australasian bank perfectly illustrate and exemplify the besetting sin of contemporary intellectual and political life: humbug. The advertisements suggest that the bank…

MYEFO tax pain is personal
Michael Potter
16 December 2015 | Business Spectator

Are you happy that your taxes are set to go up over the next three years by about $1,500 per taxpayer? Or have you been snowed by all the arguments…

That other white paper...
Robert Carling
09 December 2015 | Business Spectator

The federal government’s white paper review of taxation has attracted a great deal of attention and commentary of late, but there is another white paper review in the works that…

Competition reform is our best bet to lift the economy
Patrick Carvalho
25 November 2015 | The Australian

The federal government response to the Harper Review is a good start, but the legislative road to competitive markets is a long one and full of pitfalls. Vested interests can…

Back to school for research on value of Sydney harbour
Michael Potter
20 November 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

 Last week we said politicians and media commentators should take remedial maths lessons for getting their tax reform sums wrong. This time remedial economics lessons are needed, with an article…