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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. 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...

  2. States of Debt

    Robert Carling | 20 Mar 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    While the budget deficits and rising debt of the Australian federal government have received much attention, this report... Read More...

  3. Strengthening Australia’s Fiscal Institutions

    Stephen Kirchner | 12 Dec 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The deterioration in the federal government’s fiscal position reflects a failure to adhere to a rules-based framework for... Read More...

  4. Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

  5. TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. Raising tax revenue just to throw it away is no answer

    Simon Cowan | 23 Apr 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    From troubling deficit figures in recent budgets, to dire predictions of blowouts in health and ageing spending in the intergenerational ... Read More

  2. No easy fix for youth unemployment

    Alexander Philipatos | 22 Apr 2014 | The Canberra Times

    The youth unemployment rate, now 13.6 per cent, is twice the economy-wide rate, and the youth employment-to-population ratio ... Read More

  3. Getting to the root of the 'tax crisis'

    Robert Carling | 21 Apr 2014 | Business Spectator

    Politicians have made promises that cannot be honoured from the existing tax base. Some may call that a revenue problem, ... Read More

  4. Sealing of ballot boxes brings end to ‘phony war’

    Nick Cater | 05 Apr 2014 | The Australian

    The Commission of Audit’s report will be a manifesto for a government that knows its limitations and allows its citizens ... Read More

  5. Audit report may cut government meddling

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Apr 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    Future prosperity depends on our ability to seize the fiscal downturn and the national debt crises in Europe and the United ... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Back to first principles on family benefits

    Trisha Jha | 17 Apr 2014

    The government should not lose sight of the foundational principles involved in family benefits and welfare benefits. ...

  2. Tax Freedom Day

    Robert Carling | 11 Apr 2014

    Australians worked solely to pay taxes from 1 January this year until 22 March to pay federal taxes and then until 9 April ...

  3. Re-moralising the pension

    Jeremy Sammut | 11 Apr 2014

    What was the original purpose of the old age pension and how far have we strayed from this? ...

  4. Closing the government gaps

    Simon Cowan | 04 Apr 2014

    Two gaps are putting pressure on government budgets and closing these gaps will be key to addressing short-term budget problems ...

  5. State governments in a jobs quandary

    Robert Carling | 21 Mar 2014

    Restoring operating surpluses to the states requires tightening up on operating costs....

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