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Planning restrictions harm housing affordability
Peter Tulip
03 December 2020 | PP33

Planning restrictions reduce the supply of housing and hence raise its price.  This paper summarises recent research on this topic, focussing on Australia’s largest cities. The severity of planning regulations can be gauged by the difference between sale prices and the costs of supply.  This…

Mapping migrants: Australians’ wide-ranging experiences of immigration
Charles Jacobs
05 December 2018 | PP13

Australians’ experiences of immigration are highly varied. Using 2016 ABS Census data, this POLICY Paper finds that – statistically – the wealth of the suburb we live in can have a major impact on the type of interaction we may have with migrants.  These different…

Why we should defend capitalism
Eugenie Joseph
28 November 2018 | PP12

Capitalism has become a controversial idea in recent years; yet economic markets and free enterprise are responsible for lifting millions of people out of abject poverty, improving the quality of life around the world, and creating shared prosperity. Capitalism has also proven effective at sustaining…

Australian Attitudes to Immigration: Coming Apart or Common Ground?
Jeremy Sammut, Monica Wilkie
18 November 2018 | PP11

Immigration has been a contentious political issue in Australia and overseas for a number of years. Many political parties and figures have emerged promising to severely restrict or halt immigration. Australia has largely avoided significant political disruptions over this issue. However, as immigration levels continue…

Saving Medicare But NOT As We Know It
Jeremy Sammut
30 April 2013 | T30.03

High growth in health spending is the area of public expenditure that will unsustainably increase the size of government in coming decades. This TARGET30 report outlines some practical policies that can help cut Medicare down to size. It also proposes ‘big bang’ health reform involving…

Media & Commentary

The ? recovery
Robert Carling
10 July 2020 | Ideas@theCentre

Living standards, livelihoods and business survival are at stake as the pandemic — and government responses to it — wreak economic havoc. This is why there is so much focus…

Migrant intake to go outback?
Eugenie Joseph
22 March 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

It seems the federal government has finally decided to ‘do something’ about growing population pressures on Sydney and Melbourne. Under a new immigration policy, the government plans to: cap permanent…

Socialist utopia is complete fantasy
Thomas Coppel
25 January 2019 | Ideas@TheCentre

Views that Australia will turn into a utopia under socialism are wildly uninformed, and that rosy fantasy fails to acknowledge both the destructive aspects of socialism and — conversely —…

Fiscal discipline as a victim of political disruption
Robert Carling
07 December 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is often said that Australians have become complacent about what is needed to maintain the foundations for solid growth in the economy – jobs, real wages and living standards…

Proclaiming the good news on capitalism
Eugenie Joseph
30 November 2018 | Ideas@TheCentre

It is clear that capitalism is having a moral crisis, when even Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of a prosperous capitalist economy, terms it a “blatant failure”. But Australians have…