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. Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

    Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial... Read More...

  2. Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the... Read More...

  3. Complex Family Payments: What it Costs the Village to Raise a Child

    Trisha Jha | 06 Aug 2014 | Policy Monographs

    The report describes the family payments system (with a focus on family tax benefits and child care fee assistance) and analyses... Read More...

  4. Eight Housing Affordability Myths

    Stephen Kirchner | 10 Jul 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Australians are conflicted in their attitude to the long-run change in real house prices because they are both investors... Read More...

  5. Where Your Tax Dollars Go

    Robert Carling | 09 Jul 2014 | Special Publications

    Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. There is no more money for childcare

    Trisha Jha | 17 Dec 2014 | SBS

    When the government announced last year that the Productivity Commission childcare inquiry would be expected to deliver new ... Read More

  2. Bill Shorten is opposing his own party's health policy

    Jeremy Sammut | 16 Dec 2014 | Daily Telegraph

    According to Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, the revised GP co-payment represents the death of Medicare. Yet what the Abbott ... Read More

  3. Settle in for Hockey’s budget horror show

    Robert Carling | 16 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    The review shows much to be concerned about in the fiscal outlook and exposes the weaknesses in the Abbott government’s ... Read More

  4. Mercantilist mindset and good fortune make successful China policy

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 12 Dec 2014 | Business Spectator

    While the Abbott government trumpets its China-Australia free trade agreement win, it continues to stumble over the non-commercial ... Read More

  5. Tony Abbott's budget strategy must be about getting back to basics

    Simon Cowan | 08 Dec 2014 | Canberra Times

    It’s not enough to say you want to reset the budget debate, or to blame the carnival sideshow in the Senate.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Your Bumper, Blockbuster, Holiday-Issue Ideas@TheCentre

    | 19 Dec 2014

    With CIS taking a break over the holiday season, we wanted to bring you a special issue of Ideas to finish the ...

  2. Need a budget 'narrative' - this is it

    Simon Cowan | 12 Dec 2014

    Forget insider words like ‘message’ and ‘spin’ and avert your eyes from the Senate railway wreckage. If the Abbott ...

  3. Trans-Tasman harmonisation... a bridge too far

    David Gadiel | 12 Dec 2014

    Abandonment of ANZTIPA seems hard to reconcile with the Australian Government’s declared agenda for deregulation and competitiveness ...

  4. Cuts being used as convenient pretext at ABC

    Peter Kurti | 05 Dec 2014

    Placing religious programming in the cross-hairs of the ABC’s fiscal razor gang is too cute by half....

  5. Tokenism will do nothing for women's superannuation

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Dec 2014

    Greens appear more interested in making a disingenuous pitch to win the votes of those female voters who have a less sophisticated ...

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