Most people agree that some rules are necessary for markets to work. But what rules do we really need? And how can we make sure they do not become too much of a burden on businesses and consumers?


Youth Unemployment in Australia
Patrick Carvalho
22 November 2015 | Research Report 7

This report looks at quantifying the rising youth unemployment problem, understanding its causes and proposing policy solutions. Youth employment has progressively taken a hit after the Global Financial Crisis, practically doubling since mid-2008. At an average rate of 13.5% in the past 12 months, the…

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…

Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient
Alexander Philipatos
29 May 2014 | T30.10

As the commission of audit has uncovered, the government must make significant cuts to spending to get the budget back into surplus. In the quest to find savings, the government cannot ignore the public service. For almost 25 years the government has turned to the…

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…

Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation
Helen Andrews
06 February 2014 | IA143

The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission was established by the Gillard government in 2012 with the intended purpose of cutting the red tape faced by Australia’s charities. So far, the regulator has failed to make any significant progress on this goal or on its two…

Media & Commentary

Competition reform is our best bet to lift the economy
Patrick Carvalho
25 November 2015 | The Australian

The federal government response to the Harper Review is a good start, but the legislative road to competitive markets is a long one and full of pitfalls. Vested interests can…

MEDIA RELEASE: Stub out tax hike for tobacco
Michael Potter
10 November 2015

The ALP seem oblivious to the inconsistency in their arguments about tax increases. They are apparently considering a tax increase for tobacco, while simultaneously opposing an increase for the GST,…

Scepticism should rule in GST debate
Michael Potter
02 November 2015 | ABC The Drum

Australia: write this out 100 times: the GST is not a perfect tax. All taxes are flawed — it is just that the GST is less flawed than other taxes.…

Universal income would cost the earth
Simon Cowan
30 October 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

One of my favourite aphorisms is ‘if something looks too good to be true, it probably is’. A government provided universal basic income (UBI) — a regular, non-means tested, cash…

Busting tax myths of Deloitte
Michael Potter
30 October 2015 | Ideas@TheCentre

Deloitte Australia’s  Mythbusting tax reform report has made a useful contribution to the tax debate, but is misguided in a number of areas. Deloitte confirms that super tax concessions are…