Government Spending

Governments spend taxpayers’ money on a wide range of programmes from education to defence and from welfare to infrastructure. Yet there can be too much of a good thing, and some government spending is just wasteful. How can we ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money?

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…

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…

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…

The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist
Wolfgang Kasper
26 June 2015 | OP141

Australia needs a cultural counter-revolution that appeals to the traditional Australian spirit of self-reliance and can-do optimism – a new ‘Australian settlement’ which goes beyond mere economic policy. It should be underpinned by agreed basic understandings across political and social divides: (i) ours is a…

The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension
Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan
03 May 2015

In this TARGET 30 Research Report CIS modelling shows that reforming the pension could deliver income gains of more than $5,900 a year to almost 98% of pensioners. These reforms would also reduce the cost of the pension by $14.5 billion a year. “With four…

Media & Commentary

Tax burden still increasing
Michael Potter
06 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Despite the Budget rhetoric, almost nothing has been done to stop the steep increase in Australia’s tax burden. We have tax cuts, but they are almost exactly offset by tax…

Superannuation changes target 'fairness' not independence
Simon Cowan
06 May 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

On Thursday, superannuation expert Jeremy Cooper tweeted that “the super concessional cap changes are about tax and tax alone. They do not stop people saving or (in 99% of cases)…

Coalition has fled from the fiscal challenge
Simon Cowan
04 May 2016 | Canberra Times

On Tuesday afternoon the Reserve Bank of Australia took a bold and decisive step to cut already record low interest rates still further, attempting to combat Australia’s economic problems. Unfortunately…

Budget 2016 Explainer: What’s on the table for childcare?
Trisha Jha
03 May 2016 | Mamamia

The current childcare system is hideously complex. Child Care Benefit, Child Care Rebate and a perverse system of means- and activity-testing combine to create an expensive ($10 billion a year…

MEDIA RELEASE: Budget 2016: Timid Turnbull tinkers at top and bottom 
Simon Cowan, Michael Potter, Patrick Carvalho, Jennifer Buckingham, Trisha Jha, Sara Hudson
03 May 2016

CIS policy experts share their ‘first glance’ assessment of the Budget, with more detailed analysis to follow during the next couple of days as they unpick and unpack all the…