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Centre for Independent Studies

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CIS

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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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Research report

16 Jul 2017

The latest attempt to ‘end the blame game’ between the state and federal governments over health funding was scuttled after state premiers rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘tax swap’ federalism reform proposal at the April 2016 COAG meeting.  The intransigence of the states —and the...

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09 Jul 2017

Since the defeat of the Howard Government, industrial relations has come to be seen as the third rail of Australian politics. However, Australia faces a number of major demographic and technological challenges that require much more than piecemeal changes to penalty rates. In order to overcome...

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19 Jun 2017

The major bank levy was proposed in the 2017–18 Budget. The levy has numerous flaws including:

  • The costs of the levy will likely be passed on as higher interest rates for mortgages and business loans, harming households and business investment which is very weak.
  • The levy
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10 Jun 2017

Acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion have been reported with great prominence in recent times. Scholars of religion continue to weigh whether people who kill or injure others are really doing so in the name of their God, as they claim; or whether they are actors merely...

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04 Jun 2017

The federal government recently announced it will allocate $10 million a year over four years to strengthen the evaluation of Indigenous programs. However, given that the average cost of an evaluation is $382,000, the extra $10 million a year for Indigenous program evaluations will not go far....

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Discussion paper

01 Jun 2017

The two essays in this Occasional Paper take divergent approaches to the reform of the welfare state, while both focusing on the perennial hot button issue of socalled ‘middle class welfare’.

Simon Cowan argues that given the size of federal government payments to Australian families, the...

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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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07 May 2017

The Medicare Levy is, and always has been, a fiscal fiction. The revenue raised by the levy is not ‘hypothecated’ – dedicated specifically to fund Medicare – but goes into general government revenue. Moreover, the amount of revenue raised by the levy accounts for a mere fraction of government...

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Presentation

04 May 2017

Today almost everyone affirms the importance of ‘values’ but few would insist these are shared moral essentials.  How is it that the most common term of our political and even private moralities became so relativistic and what, in anything, could be offered as an alternative?

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