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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Childcare places still come up short

    Trisha Jha | 24 Feb 2015 | Online Opinion

    The Productivity Commission’s report on childcare makes several important recommendations for making the sector more ... Read More

  2. Childcare report a vision of how things could be

    Trisha Jha | 20 Feb 2015 | ABC The Drum

    The Productivity Commission has done a relatively good job with its report on the childcare sector and put together a suite ... Read More

  3. Kelly O'Dwyer Leadership Lunch speech: Looking to the Future - Fairness

    | 16 Feb 2015

    CIS Leadership Lunch speech by Member for Higgins and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer ... Read More

  4. The push for a submarine tender

    Simon Cowan | 13 Feb 2015 | The Strategist

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

  5. Target paid parental leave by need

    Matthew Taylor | 03 Feb 2015 | The Australian

    WHEN Tony Abbott reluctantly hammered the final nail into the coffin of his signature paid parental leave scheme, the sigh ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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....

  3. The silly season GST debate

    Robert Carling | 16 Jan 2015

    A public debate about the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is something we have to have, but considering some of the recent contributions, ...

  4. Need a budget 'narrative' - this is it

    Simon Cowan | 12 Dec 2014

    Forget insider words like ‘message’ and ‘spin’ and avert your eyes from the Senate railway wreckage. If the Abbott ...

  5. Cuts being used as convenient pretext at ABC

    Peter Kurti | 05 Dec 2014

    Placing religious programming in the cross-hairs of the ABC’s fiscal razor gang is too cute by half....

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