Richard Webb

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Last Name: Webb
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10 January 2012

This paper identifies the fuels that are taxed, the forms that the taxes take and, where possible, quantifies the amounts collected.

There are various estimates of the...

Briefing paper
5 March 2010

On 16 December 2009, the Government released its aviation white paper: the most comprehensive statement of the Government’s aviation policy. This paper examines some of the features.

19 October 2009

This background note discusses the arguement for and against payroll tax and concludes that scope exists to improve its efficiency by broadening the base and lowering the rate.

29 January 2008

High short-term oil prices, increasing reliance on imported oil, and environmental considerations have prompted calls for the greater use in Australia (and elsewhere) of alternatives to petrol (...

15 January 2008

A feature of Australia’s federal system is that power over spending and policy-making is becoming increasingly concentrated in the Commonwealth. One major way this power is exercised through...

14 September 2007

Commonwealth financial assistance grants to local government take the forms of general purpose grants, and grants for roads known as identified local road grants. The level of assistance has been...

9 May 2007

The Australian federal system, established in 1901, is one of the oldest functioning federal systems in the world. However, in recent years the system has come under increasing criticism as being...

26 January 2007

The annual budget is perhaps a Commonwealth government’s most important political, economic and social document. This research brief contains an overview of the main stages in the budget process,...

13 April 2006

Since the mid-1990s, the government has made important changes to excises, and has proposed major changes to the excise on fuels. Richard Webb examines and analyses these changes.

24 March 2006

Australia’s international aviation industry is heavily regulated. Whether or to what extent passenger airline services should be further liberalised is again being debated, a particular focus...