Finance, Banking, Monetary Systems


Research into why a sound financial and monetary system is critical for economic prosperity continues to be an ongoing project at the CIS.


  1. Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government.... Read More...

  2. TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10... Read More...

  3. Australia’s Future Fiscal Shock

    Robert Carling | 28 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    Government is facing the arduous task of securing sustainable expenditure, revenue and debt beyond the current four-year... Read More...

  4. Regulation or Strangulation? Banking After the Global Financial Crisis

    Ian Harper, Robert Carling | 12 Jun 2012 | Policy Forum

    Inadequate regulation of finance has taken much of the blame for the global financial crisis, leading governments around... Read More...

  5. The Condensed Wealth of Nations and The Incredibly Condensed Theory of Moral Sentiments

    Eamonn Butler | 12 Jun 2012 | Occasional Papers

    In The Condensed Wealth of Nations, Eamonn Butler condenses Adam Smith’s work and explains the key concepts in The Wealth... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Europe holds its breath for ECB action

    Stephen Kirchner | 11 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    There have long been flashing warning signs that monetary policy in the eurozone has been too tight.... Read More

  2. States heading for a debt problem

    Robert Carling | 27 Mar 2014 | Open Forum

    If the states want to be able to spend on infrastructure, they have to keep a tight rein on operating expenses for years ... Read More

  3. States on a slippery debt slope

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The weakening of states' balance sheets will limit their future capacity to meet expectations in a range of services, including ... Read More

  4. We must fortify fiscal rules

    Stephen Kirchner | 16 Dec 2013 | The Canberra Times

    The Commission of Audit should build on the Charter of Budget Honesty by recommending the adoption of new fiscal rules.... Read More

  5. $haria Law

    Peter Kurti | 15 Nov 2013 | Quadrant Online

    If sukuk bonds go mainstream, as is poised to happen in Britain with David Cameron's blessing, the way will be open for the ... Read More

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  1. The budget deficit in the (very) long term

    Robert Carling | 21 Feb 2014

    Australia faces a budget problem far into the future due to the fiscal costs of population ageing and evolving health care ...

  2. Balancing the budget

    Robert Carling | 07 Feb 2014

    The best result in the budget is for it to swing between deficit and surplus depending on cyclical conditions....

  3. Improving on the debt limit

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Dec 2013

    A net debt limit as a share of GDP rather than in absolute dollar terms is part of a suite of fiscal rules proposed to impose ...

  4. America's budget road-blocks

    Robert Carling | 11 Oct 2013

    In the US shutdown, one side will ultimately have to be proven more right or more wrong than the other in the court of public ...

  5. Foreign investment tests Coalition's free trade credentials

    Stephen Kirchner | 13 Sep 2013

    The Coalition’s caution on FDI sits uneasily with its desire to develop Australia’s potential as a food exporter to Asia ...

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