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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. The Age Old Problem of Old Age: Fixing the Pension

    Matthew Taylor, Simon Cowan | 27 Apr 2015 | TARGET30 Papers

    The Age Pension is unfair to poorer pensioners, badly targeted, and imposing an unsustainable rising cost on the taxpayer. Pension... Read More...

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Don’t hike the GST, reform hospital spending instead

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jul 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Under no circumstances should the GST rate be raised to pour larger sums of taxpayer’s money into the fiscal black holes ... Read More

  2. Federal comfort zones must be abandoned

    Robert Carling | 22 Jul 2015 | Canberra Times

    Much has been said about the contest between political expediency and visionary leadership in the recent conduct of public ... Read More

  3. The big problem with raising the GST

    Robert Carling | 21 Jul 2015 | Business Spectator

    Mike Baird’s daring call for a 50% increase in the GST has put a bold idea on the table and is to be commended for that. ... Read More

  4. The government still doesn’t get childcare

    Trisha Jha | 15 Jul 2015 | SBS

    Despite the 2015 Budget’s huge increase in childcare spending, the government still isn’t addressing the key problems ... Read More

  5. The Nats aren't happy when the ag industry is treated like any other

    Simon Cowan | 14 Jul 2015

    ‘Agriculture is at the heart of the Australian identity’ or so the government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 3 (wrong) attitudes towards ageing

    Simon Cowan | 31 Jul 2015

    Our population is ageing. This will bring profound economic and fiscal challenges that will require significant changes in ...

  2. Moritorium on health tax and spend policies

    Jeremy Sammut | 31 Jul 2015

    We urgently need to change the conversation about health. The Intergenerational Reports have warned for more than a decade ...

  3. Reform retreat a tax-fest

    Robert Carling | 24 Jul 2015

    Paul Keating once warned, "Never stand between a state premier and a bucket of money". Rarely has the hazard been more on ...

  4. Time to focus on the family

    Trisha Jha | 17 Jul 2015

    The developmental impacts of quality childcare for children who have a deficient home environment are well known....

  5. Co-payment debacle reflections

    Jeremy Sammut | 17 Jul 2015

    The Abbott government's Medicare co-payment proposal prompted the organised medical profession to wage a political campaign ...

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