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Robert Carling

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Centre for Independent Studies

Robert Carling is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. Robert is researching and writing about fiscal policy, taxation and federalism. 
Prior to joining the CIS, Robert was Executive Director, Economic and Fiscal at the New South Wales Treasury from 1998 to 2006. Previous position have been with Commonwealth Treasury, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He holds academic qualifications in economics and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Georgetown University and the University of Queensland.

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Commentary

09 Sep 2017

One of the most common debates in economics is when should government intervene in markets? Government itself – judging by its recent actions – clearly thinks the answer should be ‘quite often’. Can there be any doubt that intervention is increasing, not just in energy markets — see the furore...

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Article

10 May 2017

In this commentary piece, a number of CIS authors give their view on the federal budget for 2017-18.

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Research report

19 Feb 2017

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The Commonwealth government’s perilous financial position is well known, but the finances of state government also warrant our attention. In aggregate, since plunging heavily into deficit after 2007, the states’ fiscal position has improved markedly in recent...

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Research report

05 Apr 2016

Without any change in personal income tax rates or thresholds, the tax burden will increase substantially and many more taxpayers will face high marginal rates over the next few years. Increasing the thresholds for some or all marginal tax rates to match past growth in average earnings would...

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Research report

13 Dec 2015

Australian taxpayers face a future tax increase of $1,180 a year on average if nothing is done about bracket creep, according to this report.

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There is a large gap between what the Australian government raises in taxes and what it spends. As a result,...

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Research report

08 Apr 2015

This paper argues that criticism of tax concessions has lost sight of the legitimate reasons for many of them.

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While action is needed to correct structural budget deficits, the criticism of tax concessions has lost sight of the legitimate reasons for many...

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Audio presentation

23 Jul 2014

It’s been over a century since the Federation was formed, Australian society and the world have changed, so is it time to re think how Federalism works?

Critics say that the current system is wasteful, inefficient and that too much central control results in poorer service delivery at a...

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Research report

09 Jul 2014

This pamphlet aims to provide detailed coverage of where Australian tax dollars are spent.

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Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more of this or that tax, but in reality they can...

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Research report

20 Mar 2014

Executive summary: While Commonwealth government debt has been the focus of attention recently, this report takes a broader view by bringing state debt into the picture.

Much has been made of the fact that Commonwealth government debt is projected (under current...

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Research report

07 Aug 2013

This paper explores the link between tax reform and smaller government.

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The TARGET30 campaign by The Centre for Independent Studies advocates reducing the size of general government in Australia (defined as total federal, state and local...

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