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

Why we can't be sure if we're in a housing price bubble
Michael Potter
11 January 2017 | Business Insider

House prices are out of control in some Australian capitals. And now comes a proposal that this should be countered by halting interest rate cuts — a move that would…

Stop begging, Queensland
Rebecca Weisser
16 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had her begging bowl out at COAG last week, panhandling for billions from federal taxpayers to kickstart the Queensland economy. Palaszczuk’s pockets are empty because she…

Empty homes tax -- another useless Canadian import?
Michael Potter
09 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The latest idea to fix high housing costs is a tax on empty homes, which will supposedly encourage people to rent out (or sell) unoccupied properties. This is inspired by…

Unproductive? Go figure…
Rebecca Weisser
09 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to spend 12 months figuring out how to make Australia more productive. If the government or the commission wanted to enhance their…

Civil disobedience ‘shame’ worn with pride
09 December 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

Anybody doubting the ludicrous level of government meddling in business need look no further than the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. This taxpayer-funded generator of needless red tape requires businesses with…