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

The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics
Jeremy Sammut
13 June 2016 | OP145

Because their aims are educational and democratic, what think tanks do and why they do it is entirely transparent: they ensure their research is publically available and seek to ensure it is disseminated via the media to as broad an audience as possible in the…

The case against tax increases in Australia: The growing burden
Michael Potter
07 June 2016 | Research Report 15

View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax…

The case against tax increases in Australia: The growing burden
Michael Potter
07 June 2016 | Research Report 15

View Interactive Snapshot The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax…

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…

Media & Commentary

HILDA points to the home
Simon Cowan
22 July 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The big news from this week’s latest Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is that the proportion of homeowners is declining, with fewer young people owning homes…

Selling farm policy
Michael Potter
22 July 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

A Productivity Commission draft report has found that Australian farm businesses are subject to a “vast and complex array of regulations”. The report won’t be pleasant reading for any of…

Facts have a left wing bias, do they…?
Michael Potter
20 July 2016 | The Spectator Flat White

I spluttered on my tea recently when reading the claim that facts have a left-wing bias. I suppose the proponents of this view weren’t keen to outline the numerous major…

Exciting time to be an Australian conservative!
Jeremy Sammut
14 July 2016 | The Spectator Flat White

Centre-right social progressives might not like social conservatism. But there has never been a more exciting time to be an Australian conservative! Liberal Party moderates like the Prime Minister Malcolm…

Countering the Medi-scare
Jeremy Sammut
13 July 2016 | Australian Financial Review

The re-elected Turnbull government will almost certainly shy away from discussion of health reform, given the narrow election result and the apparent success of the Labor Party’s ‘Medi-scare’ tactic. With…