Finance, Banking, Monetary Systems

Our research explains and advocates why a sound financial and monetary system is critical for economic prosperity.



The Major Bank Levy: We’re all going to be hit
Michael Potter
19 June 2017 | RR29

The major bank levy was proposed in the 2017–18 Budget. The levy has numerous flaws including: The costs of the levy will likely be passed on as higher interest rates for mortgages and business loans, harming households and business investment which is very weak. The…

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

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.

Media & Commentary

A small step to correct a flawed tax
Robert Carling
09 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

The NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet this week announced a plan to index real estate stamp duty thresholds to inflation from 2019. This means the points at which the graduated duty…

Is Australia still the economic wonder down under?
Robert Carling
02 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

Australia continues to gain international recognition for its exemplary economic performance and to be highlighted as a case study in successful economic reform. Readers of London-based newspaper, The Economist, would…

Petrol prices pump up interventionist calls
Charles Jacobs
02 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

One by one, Australia’s markets are falling victim to the hand of an interventionist government. The energy sector — for years the focus of political meddling — has in recent…

Capitalism is not destroying us
Eugenie Joseph
26 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

This week, our scholar in residence, James Bartholomew and I participated in an Ethics Centre debate, arguing against the politically-charged motion: Capitalism is destroying us. For some of us, ‘no’…

Logic creams milk levy criticism
Charles Jacobs
19 October 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

This week has seen loud criticism of  the milk price levy applied by supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths to assist drought affected dairy farmers. Agriculture Minister David Littleproud labelled it…

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