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Government Spending

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Governments spend taxpayers’ money on a wide range of programmes from education to defence and from welfare to infrastructure. Yet there can be too much of a good thing, and some government spending is just wasteful. How can we ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money?

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. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 'We get it already': redundant public health campaigns do little

    Helen Andrews | 23 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    There are a few aspects of the new $26 million pro-immunisation package that are more objectionable than its bipartisan ... Read More

  2. Charities regulator reprieve

    Helen Andrews | 09 Apr 2015 | The Mandarin

    Now that the ACNC is safe, it should focus on making sure that its critics’ worst predictions do not end up coming true.... Read More

  3. Financial System Inquiry's pre-emptive power straight out of Hollywood script

    Patrick Carvalho | 08 Apr 2015 | The Canberra Times

    Some suggestions from the Financial System Inquiry might have you thinking you’re in the Hollywood blockbuster Minority ... Read More

  4. Doctor, charge what you dare

    David Gadiel | 24 Mar 2015 | The Australian

    Rather than flogging the dead horse of the GP co-payment, the government could have avoided this embarrassment by leaving ... Read More

  5. Pension plan: political pain for little fiscal gain

    Matthew Taylor | 19 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    If Scott Morrison is willing to grasp the nettle of pension reform, he would be better off looking at ways to move those ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Reflecting on Tax Freedom Day

    Robert Carling | 10 Apr 2015

    Balance needs to be restored to a narrative that sees tax concessions as nothing but distortions and rorts favouring the ...

  4. Opening the tax reform can of worms

    Robert Carling | 02 Apr 2015

    The current ramshackle tax system is the product of compromises, tinkering, political pragmatism and budget ad hoccery over ...

  5. A more competitive Medicare

    David Gadiel | 27 Mar 2015

    Government should abolish the Schedule Fee together with the bonus for bulk billing, and save itself the cost and contradiction ...

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