Economic Policy

economic-policy

The Centre for Independent Studies is guided by the philosophy of free markets and individual responsibility. Our economic policy research centres on ideas that will strengthen Australia’s economy for the future and challenge the reach of big government.

With ongoing uncertainty for economies around the world, the CIS’ research into financial and monetary issues is more vital than ever in helping shape public policy.

Continuing economic reform is desperately needed in Australia, and that is why our TARGET30 program seeks to reduce waste in government and in the public sector, and to bring government spending under control.

For more information on our economic research, please proceed to:

 

Publications

  1. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  2. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  3. Right or Rort? Dissecting Australia’s Tax Concessions

    Robert Carling | 08 Apr 2015 | Research Reports

    Calls to abolish tax concessions to increase revenue are often misguided. So-called tax concessions for capital gains tax,... Read More...

  4. Submission to the Financial System Inquiry Final Report

    Patrick Carvalho | 31 Mar 2015 | Submissions

    Submission to the Financial System Inquiry Final Report

  5. Towards a more competitive Medicare: The case for deregulating medical fees and co-payments in Australia

    David Gadiel | 20 Mar 2015 | Research Reports

    This research paper outlines how to introduce a price signal for Medicare without introducing a GP copayment.

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce ... Read More

  2. Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees ... Read More

  3. Plucking the foreign flock may backfire

    Patrick Carvalho | 14 May 2015 | ABC The Drum

    As Jean-Baptiste Colbert said in the seventeenth century, the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to ... Read More

  4. Australian Budget 2015: the panel verdict

    Trisha Jha | 12 May 2015 | The Guardian

    How committed is the Abbott government to ‘budget repair’, or to the challenges of a changing population?... Read More

  5. Young jobseekers are suffering the ultimate penalty

    Patrick Carvalho | 11 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    Labor’s new plan to tackle youth unemployment with a pilot project to improve core employability skills may have ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Employer PPL response not a scam

    Matthew Taylor | 22 May 2015

    The government's handling of its Paid Parental Leave (PPL) budget measure shows a determination to alienate as wide a constituency ...

  2. Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and ...

  3. Cash rate: what, why and how?

    Patrick Carvalho | 01 May 2015

    So what exactly is the cash rate? Why is it relevant? How does it work?...

  4. Three pillars reform needed to fix pension

    Simon Cowan | 24 Apr 2015

    There are three ‘pillars’ supporting retirement in Australia. Superannuation, the age pension and the family home. If ...

  5. Deflation is bad

    Patrick Carvalho | 24 Apr 2015

    For starters, Australia is not facing at present an imminent danger of deflation -- as a closer, less sensationalist look ...

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