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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. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Driven to budget distraction

    Simon Cowan | 13 Mar 2015 | Open Forum

    Given the growing list of budget blunders (for example Medicare reforms), in one sense it should hardly be surprising that ... Read More

  4. Welfare for car makers: a policy of confusion

    Patrick Carvalho | 10 Mar 2015 | ABC The Drum

    Today's announcement that the federal government will not uphold its pledge to abolish the funding assistance to the car ... Read More

  5. Public policy reforms will control our destiny

    Patrick Carvalho | 05 Mar 2015 | Business Spectator

    The RBA has decided for now to maintain the benchmark interest rates it pays on overnight funds (aka the ‘cash rate’) ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. Pensioners should not be ring-fenced from budget repair

    Matthew Taylor | 13 Mar 2015

    Is indexing the pension to prices, rather than male wages, unfair?...

  3. The Iron Law of Medicare

    Jeremy Sammut | 06 Mar 2015

    What needs to be factored in to the health debate is that the so-called 'right to Medicare' involves trading off other important ...

  4. Monday's 'pension increase' a side show to the real reform needed

    Matthew Taylor | 20 Feb 2015

    With the Age Pension projected to account for 12 per cent of the growth in total spending over the medium term there can ...

  5. What lies beneath the waves of government-speak on subs

    Simon Cowan | 13 Feb 2015

    The government doesn’t seem to understand the words it has been saying on submarines....

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