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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. Withholding Dividends: Better ways to make the public sector efficient

    Alexander Philipatos | 29 May 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The government needs a better way to drive efficiency in the public sector. The government has been relying on the efficiency... Read More...

  2. School Funding on a Budget

    Jennifer Buckingham | 30 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    Government expenditure on schools has more than doubled in real terms in the last 25 years, while student numbers have only... Read More...

  3. 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...

  4. States of Debt

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    While the budget deficits and rising debt of the Australian federal government have received much attention, this report... Read More...

  5. Strengthening Australia’s Fiscal Institutions

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The deterioration in the federal government’s fiscal position reflects a failure to adhere to a rules-based framework for... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Hockey’s tax receipts don’t reveal the deficit

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    What do Joe Hockey's new tax receipts for individuals really tell us about what the government spends and receives?... Read More

  2. HECS-style loan scheme for Paid Parental Leave provides fairness for women and taxpayers

    Matthew Taylor | 12 Jul 2014 | Open Forum

    We need a PPL scheme that doesn’t push all of the cost onto taxpayers to the benefit of those who least need it.... Read More

  3. You get senators on side by getting voters on side

    Simon Cowan | 11 Jul 2014 | ABC The Drum

    Many of the Abbott government's key reforms seem unlikely to get through the new Senate.... Read More

  4. Loan scheme would solve paid parental leave

    Matthew Taylor | 07 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    The Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is Whitlamesque in its scope and expense.... Read More

  5. Belated boost for NSW train timetable

    Cassandra Wilkinson | 21 Jun 2014 | The Australian

    The nation’s most important city, its engine of growth, is itself unable to grow without better public transport services.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Income management is mutual obligation writ large

    Trisha Jha | 04 Jul 2014

    A common objection to income management is that it makes unemployment benefits conditional and is paternalistic, but this ...

  2. A top-heavy public service

    Alexander Philipatos | 30 May 2014

    What can we do to stem the growth in highly-paid public sector managers and make government agencies more efficient?...

  3. Fascinating fiscal facts

    Robert Carling | 30 May 2014

    Tax of $18,108 per capita should be more than enough to satisfy government, but government spend in 2012-13 was more than ...

  4. Follow the French: Charge patients for public hospital accommodation

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 May 2014

    State governments could charge a daily accommodation fee for inpatient public hospital services to show that public health ...

  5. Gen Y to Vilma: Age pensioners are going to be just fine

    Matthew Taylor | 23 May 2014

    For all the posturing, it is not clear from the budget papers exactly how age pensioners are being picked at....

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