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Richard Webb

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Parliamentary Library (Australia)
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Research report

10 Jan 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 value of government subsidies to fossil fuels in Australia. These estimates range from around $8 billion to...

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Briefing paper

05 Mar 2010

On 16 December 2009, the Government released its aviation white paper. This is the most comprehensive statement of the Government’s aviation policy. The white paper followed the release of the aviation green paper on 2 December 2008, and an earlier issues paper titled Towards a National...

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Research report

19 Oct 2009

Calls to abolish or modify payroll tax are often heard. For example, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for the abolition of payroll tax as part of wider tax reform. While several reasons are cited for abolishing or modifying payroll tax, a common...

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Research report

29 Jan 2008

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High oil prices, increased reliance on imported oil, and environmental concerns have led to calls for mandating the blending of domestically-produced ethanol with petrol (‘fuel ethanol’). The most common proposal is for a blend with 10 per cent by volume of ethanol (E10...

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Research report

15 Jan 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 specific purpose payments by the Commonwealth to the states in areas such as health and education....

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Research report

14 Sep 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 declining as a proportion of gross domestic product because the formula used to calculate assistance...

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Research report

09 May 2007

The Australian federal system, established in 1901, is one of the oldest functioning federal systems in the world. It grew out of a political culture in which separate colonies operated as independent units and was an integral part of the Federation deal between the colonies. However, in recent...

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Research report

26 Jan 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, some of the key concepts underlying the content and presentation of the budget, some terms used, and...

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Research report

13 Apr 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.

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Research report

24 Mar 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 being whether more airlines should be allowed to carry passengers between Australia and the United...

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