Federal government

Survey

12 Jun 2017

This is the seventh Per Capita Tax Survey, which has been conducted annually since 2010, with the exception of 2013.

The Survey provides a snapshot of the Australian public’s attitudes towards taxation and public expenditure, and a long-term view of trends in public sensibility towards...

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Article

06 Jun 2017

Each federal budget is invariably followed by weeks, and sometimes months, in which policy analysts unearth the real benefits and costs of spending decisions. Too often, what they discover are flaws in the logic of new policies, a lack of appropriate modelling, evidence of cost-shifting and a...

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Working paper

01 Jun 2017

This paper outlines a methodology for forecasting the components of household final consumption expenditure, which is necessary in order to forecast revenue collections from a number of different taxes. A forecast combination approach using autoregressive models, regressions on relative prices...

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Report

31 May 2017

These charts provide a visual summary of the key drivers of the change between the 2016–17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) and the 2017–18 Budget. The estimates in this chart pack are the Government’s not the PBO’s and cover the period 2016–17 to 2020–21.

This series of...

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Briefing paper

25 May 2017

This report, prepared by Mark Thomson, gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Defence Budget and promotes informed debate on Defence budget issues.

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Commentary

25 May 2017

With the budget announcement of $30 million to support Australian impact investing, the Government has signaled its intent to take a greater role in fostering a vibrant and thriving impact investing market.

In this article, we recommend the steps that the Government can take to unlock...

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Discussion paper

25 May 2017

As part of the Australian Government’s response to Infrastructure Australia’s Australian Infrastructure Plan, and in line with with the Transport and Infrastructure Council’s Heavy Vehicle...

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Strategy

16 May 2017

The Australian Government is laying the foundations for an Australian-wide naval shipbuilding enterprise, ending the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the Australian naval shipbuilding and sustainment industry. This will provide certainty to local businesses and shipbuilding workers.

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Research report

10 May 2017

This research paper is designed to answer some of those frequently asked questions about who was the first, youngest, oldest, most often (and so forth) in Australian federal politics. The focus is on records for the Commonwealth Parliament, although a few significant records relate to members of...

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Video interview

10 May 2017

We’ve all heard the ‘jobs and growth’ mantra, but what are the specifics of the Turnbull Government’s vision for the country?

At this special Fifth Estate discussion, the day after Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2017 budget, Sally Warhaft and veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien...

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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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Strategy

09 May 2017

This resource outlines the Australian Government investments that will benefit those who choose to live, work and invest in regional Australia. It demonstrates our commitment to securing a bright future for regional Australia and spreading the opportunities and benefits of our growing economy to...

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Guide

08 May 2017

The Commonwealth Budget is typically the most important annual policy statement by the Government. 

This Quick Guide identifies information and key concepts that are used in the Budget Papers and related materials, and other resources that are available to analyse the Budget. 

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Research report

31 Mar 2017

Introduction

This Research paper updates the Parliamentary Library’s Federal Election Results 1901–2014 paper published in 2014. It contains a summary of the federal elections—House of Representatives and Senate—held from 1901 to the latest in 2016. Brief comments on each...

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Working paper

24 Mar 2017

This paper outlines the origins of tax expenditure analysis in the 1960s, the key debates at that time and over subsequent decades, and the current state of tax expenditure analysis. The paper suggests that the pros and cons of tax expenditure analysis were comprehensively worked through within...

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Strategy

17 Mar 2017

Foreword

Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world.

We are as old as our First Australians, the oldest continuing human culture on earth, who have cared for this country for more than 50,000 years.

And we are as young as the baby in...

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Essay

17 Mar 2017

The 2017 Whitlam Institute Gough Whitlam Oration by Dr Stephen FitzGerald AO was a landmark and timely address on Australia's place in the world. 

Offering a unique perspective as a diplomat, academic and Australia's first Ambassador to the People's Republic of China - appointed by the...

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Journal article

14 Mar 2017

Abstract

In 2015, the Australian government passed the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act, which requires ISPs to collect metadata about their users and store this metadata for two years. From its conception, Australia’s data...

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Research report

03 Mar 2017

Foreword

From financial years 2010–11 to 2014–14, Commonwealth entities experienced 9,467 incidents of internal fraud, with losses of over $12.7m.

This study analysed information about the most costly incidents each entity experienced each year and those who...

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