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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. When the recession comes

    Patrick Carvalho | 25 Jun 2015 | Business Spectator

     The crucial question is how well are we prepared as a nation to cope with a recessionary scenario?... Read More

  2. Work for the dole encore: will it work?

    Patrick Carvalho | 30 May 2015 | Canberra Times

    The National Work Experience Programme plan to allow jobseekers to do a part-time month of unpaid work experience ... Read More

  3. Hits and misses in the youth employment plan

    Patrick Carvalho | 15 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The Budget’s package to help young jobseekers is a step on the right direction, yet it misses the opportunity to introduce ... Read More

  4. Retirement changes focus on the wrong assets, won’t boost incomes

    Simon Cowan | 14 May 2015 | Business Spectator

    The fundamental paradox of retirement is that retiree living standards depend on stable and secure incomes, but most retirees ... Read More

  5. The home is key to our ageing future

    Simon Cowan | 28 Apr 2015 | Canberra Times

    The area most obviously in need of reform in Australia today is retirement income.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Taxpayers should not have to pay for parental leave twice

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Jun 2015

    If the latest opinion polls are anything to go by, Budget 2015 has done more for the government’s primary vote ...

  2. Pensioners can unlock more income

    Matthew Taylor | 01 May 2015

    Australia can have a fairer and more sustainable age pension - but only if we stop ignoring pensioners' biggest asset and ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

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