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This report argues that reform is required to allow for greater flexibility over penalty rates in what is currently a highly centralised system.
The primary obligation of the Australian government is to serve the Australian people. This means that policies should only be enacted where they are in Australia’s national interest, argues Daniel Wild in this report.
• Red tape costs the Australian economy $176 billion, 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output. Similarly, in the US red tape is estimated to cost $2 trillion annually, or 12 per cent of GDP.
Section 487 (s. 487) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act extends special legal privileges to green groups to challenge federal environmental project approvals, even when their private rights are not directly affected by that project.
Since the introduction of the EPBC...
In September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull was elected leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, thereby becoming Australia’s twenty-ninth Prime Minister. In his first press conference as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull pledged that ‘this will be a thoroughly Liberal Government. It will be a thoroughly Liberal Government...
Executive summary: This report demonstrates that a serious problem exists with respect to fundamental legal rights in Australian law. Our research has focussed on the extent to which four such fundamental legal rights are abrogated in current acts of the federal parliament:
This report argues that, when comparing 'like for like' taxation burdens, Australia is among the top bracket of highest taxing countries in the world.
Executive summaryAustralia has become one of the highest taxed countries in the world. With the imposition of...
Examines the ABC’s coverage of Australia’s energy choices.
The ABC has a persistent and systemic left wing bias in its coverage of contemporary Australian political issues. This report marks the first time that a comprehensive, independent and scientific assessment of...
Outlines the scope of the cyberbullying problem, the conceptual framework within it must be understood, and develops principles by which policymakers can address the cyberbullying problem.
Bullying among children is a significant and serious issue. In recent years, the phenomenon described...
Executive summary: Behavioural taxes are taxes that are designed to influence behaviour against consumption. The application of behavioural taxes is fundamentally illiberal. They interfere with the rights and freedoms of individuals to make choices about their own consumption.
Behavioural taxes generally take the...