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. Blame game risks missing a chance to change

    Greg Lindsay | 26 Nov 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It looks like Australia is finally having a long overdue debate about reform of the federation and, more importantly, reform ... Read More

  2. Indexing petrol excise makes it too easy for government to grow

    Robert Carling | 06 Nov 2014 | Business Spectator

    The Abbott government’s move to increase fuel excise duties without legislation raises questions of legitimacy not just ... Read More

  3. How the Whitlam mums have begun to vanish

    Barry Maley | 29 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    Context, they say, is everything. True or not, it certainly matters, and a glance at context illuminates Gough Whitlam’s ... Read More

  4. Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. ... Read More

  5. Comment: ANU divestment: it’s not ‘the economy, stupid’

    Simon Cowan | 16 Oct 2014 | ABC The Drum

    The response to the Australian National University’s decision to divest itself of holdings in certain fossil fuel companies ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Lambie off to bad start with meaningless ANPHA stand

    Helen Andrews | 28 Nov 2014

    On her first full day as an independent, Jacquie Lambie joined three other crossbench senators in pointlessly thwarting the ...

  2. Health reform needs a 'Plan B'

    Jeremy Sammut | 28 Nov 2014

    This is the attitude that advocates of health reform must adopt now that the Abbott government’s co-payment initiative ...

  3. Economic liberals should exercise caution in their praise of Narendra Modi

    Trisha Jha | 28 Nov 2014

    Much has been made about Mr Modi’s ‘pro-business’ stance, but developments thus far suggest that enthusiasts of economic ...

  4. G20 growth plan found wanting

    Robert Carling | 21 Nov 2014

    Every G20 host country likes to have a signature initiative, and Australia's was the Brisbane Action Plan to lift the economic ...

  5. The Grey Army of early Newstart retirees

    Matthew Taylor | 21 Nov 2014

    The Abbott government chalked up a modest win this week with the first of its social services budget measures passed by the ...

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