Federal government

Audio interview

19 Jul 2017

The incoming Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton insists his new super-portfolio is all about protecting Australia and not advancing political agendas. The massive shake-up of security and intelligence agencies means that ASIO, the AFP and Border Force will all report to him. But the Minister...

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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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Guide

14 Jul 2017

Every few years since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, a proposal to establish some sort of Australian homeland security department has been put forward as part of the national security policy of either the Liberal/National Coalition or the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Citing the US...

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Research report

12 Jul 2017

This new edition of ‘That’s it - I’m Leaving’ brings the coverage of ministerial departures up to early-2017, encompassing the last 25 years of departures since the last edition was published in 1992.

The resignation dates are those listed officially in the Governor-General’s notices,...

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Report

05 Jul 2017

The 2017–18 Budget papers include projections of the underlying cash balance, net debt and net financial worth to 2027–28 but do not include projections of receipts and payments beyond the forward estimates period ending 2020–21.

In this report the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)...

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Research report

30 Jun 2017

Executive summary

  • The Coalition, led by Malcolm Turnbull, was returned at the election with 76 seats and a slim majority of one in the House of Representatives and faced an enlarged crossbench in the Senate. The 2016 election saw the return of Pauline Hanson’s One
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Journal article

19 Jun 2017

One of the most widely-endorsed norms in Australian politics is the requirement for bipartisanship in the management of defence and security policy. This norm is assumed to lead to good policy creation, foster political unity, and protect those who implement national policy (particularly the...

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Discussion paper

16 Jun 2017

This paper is the first in a forthcoming series canvassing issues of importance to the practice of public administration in Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and is concerned with the structure and function of Indigenous Affairs. Future papers will concentrate on issues...

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Discussion paper

15 Jun 2017

This report models the impact of an increased Medicare Levy in comparison to a progressive Medicare Levy, more like income tax, on the spread of Australian income earners. 

The Turnbull Government proposes to increase the Medicare levy to 2.5 per cent of income from July 2019. That would...

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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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Article

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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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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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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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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