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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. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Abbott's PPL extravagance is a crying shame

    Matthew Taylor | 05 Aug 2014 | Business Spectator

    If the government wants to get people back to work, redirecting money from their gold-plated PPL scheme to childcare subsidies ... Read More

  2. Singapore has the right prescription

    David Gadiel, Jeremy Sammut | 28 Jul 2014 | The Australian

    Individuals should be allowed to opt out of Medicare and assume more responsibility for funding their own healthcare.... Read More

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Robin Hood is alive and well in Australia

    Robert Carling | 29 Aug 2014

    Critics of budget measures appear to believe that social benefits both individually and in aggregate should only ever go ...

  2. Senate voting reform won't fix the budget

    Simon Cowan | 29 Aug 2014

    The permanent entrenchment of these dynamics would be harmful to the long term health of the budget, as significantly reducing ...

  3. Sorting child protection facts from fiction

    Jeremy Sammut | 22 Aug 2014

    Ideology and propaganda often gets in the way of a clear-eyed view of the problems in the child protection system. The first ...

  4. No crisis but DSP still needs reform

    Matthew Taylor | 15 Aug 2014

    Calling the recent growth in DSP a crisis is hyperbole. Two thirds of the increase has come from declining economic conditions ...

  5. Why we need structural budget reform

    Tom Camp | 25 Jul 2014

    Some of the Abbott government’s challenges come from the Howard government failing to make the most of the windfall gain ...

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