Michael Potter


7 Feb 2018

One focus of this paper is on the fiscal incentives faced by state governments and how these incentives cause regulatory problems. This suggests reforms to the federation, worthwhile for many reasons, will also assist in cutting back Australia’s red tape burden.

Research report

19 Jun 2017

This report argues that the major bank levy proposed by the Turnbull Government in the 2017–18 Budget has numerous flaws.


10 May 2017

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

Research report

27 Apr 2017

About 400,000 Australian households live in social housing, which covers public housing, community housing, Indigenous community housing, and Indigenous housing provided by governments.

The sector has many issues, including:

• In public housing, many dwellings fail adequacy standards, and numerous tenants are dissatisfied...

Research report

4 Oct 2016


Australia needs to cut company tax to 25% to boost business investment, which is currently at recessionary levels. An investment boost will grow the economy, leading to increased wages, employment, national income, exports and productivity. Business investment is being hampered by our...

Discussion paper


23 Jun 2016

Every election campaign seems full of promises to spend more money, raise more taxes and make government bigger. Voters expect politicians to offer solutions to all manner of problems, most of them far outside federal jurisdiction and many of which are not problems government can...

Research report

7 Jun 2016


The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax...

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.


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



27 Mar 2015

The Intergenerational Report (IGR) is a valuable contribution to public policy, but there is scope for it to be significantly improved. While it has been subject to some criticism, the real issue missing from the IGR is modelling of one entire side of the Budget...



9 Mar 2015

Many conversations around Australia start and end on house prices – particularly for those lucky (or unlucky?) enough to live in our major capitals.

Prices are out of control, with quite extraordinary price increases over recent years. I would know, I have struggled to...

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