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 | 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.

Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis
Ian Harper, Robert Carling
12 June 2012 | PF23

Rightly or wrongly, inadequate regulation of finance has taken much of the blame for the global financial crisis. International organisations and governments around the world have spent the past three years designing a new regime of regulation. In Australia, the Basel III measures are being…

Media & Commentary

One impact of the budget: sales of white flags are booming
Michael Potter
19 May 2017 | The Spectator - Flat White

Sales of white flags are going gangbusters, with the Coalition buying out supplies. It isn’t surprising, as they’ve found so many things to wave a white flag over. There’s been…

What the bank levy says about the budget
Robert Carling
12 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The new levy on selected liabilities — mainly borrowings and non-guaranteed deposits — of selected banks (the big four and Macquarie) is an unexpected tax grab of at least $1.5…

Inflated expectations
Michael Potter
12 May 2017 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Budget measures relating to housing are a case study in how to fail in meeting expectations. The government unwisely generated, then inflated, expectations that there would be major solutions…

Superannuation's matrix of woes needs a reboot, not a tweak
Simon Cowan
01 April 2017 | Canberra Times

In The Matrix, Morpheus tells potential saviour Neo that the villainous Agents’ superhuman strength and speed are based in a world built on rules. This, he argues, is the flaw…

The year of dumb tax ideas
Robert Carling
16 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

There have always been dumb tax ideas, but 2016 has been a standout year for them. Governments and tax advocates seem more eager than ever to reach for the tax…