Robert Carling

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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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Policy report

5 Sep 2018

This paper explores the hypothesis that growth of government has become self-sustaining through the emergence of a segment of the population that both enjoys sufficient direct support from government and is large enough that political parties shape policies to curry its favour.

Policy report

13 Jun 2018

The most basic requirement for any tax system is to raise enough revenues to fund the legitimate expenditure requirements of governments. Since the Global Financial Crisis, tax adequacy has become an increasing concern because of ill disciplined government spending.

Briefing paper

15 Apr 2018

This paper reviews the case for personal income tax cuts, the various forms they could take, and the budgetary scope for cuts. It then suggests what the priorities should be.


10 Dec 2017

This resource argues that there is evidence of growing complacency and reform fatigue, including backsliding on fiscal policy in Australia.


9 Sep 2017

One of the most common debates in economics is when should government intervene in markets?

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