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

Anti-ISDS scaremongering based on myths
Patrick Carvalho
15 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

A new CIS Research Report released this week makes a strong case for ISDS provisions in our free trade agreements, helping to protect Australian investors from illegal foreign government actions.…

PM plan no April Fool's joke
Robert Carling
01 April 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) will be discussing Malcolm Turnbull’s new vision for federalism on April Fool’s day. Some premiers may wish it was a joke, but it warrants…

State taxes means state reform
Robert Carling
31 March 2016 | Australian Financial Review

The possibility of state participation in income tax in one form or another promises to spice up this Friday’s COAG discussions. It won’t be for the first time. This idea…

Government declares war on cheap prices
Simon Cowan
18 March 2016 | Ideas@TheCentre

The Harper Competition review describes the debate around the need for an effects test as “one of the enduring controversies of competition policy in Australia.” The report helpfully provides a…

Richard Goyder right to call for fiscal rules
Robert Carling
02 March 2016

The call by Wesfarmers chief executive Richard Goyder for a rigorous framework and set of rules for responsible fiscal policy is welcome, the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) says. CIS…