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Government spending policy

Technical report

13 Sep 2017

Costings produced by the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) are estimates of the financial impact of policy proposals on the Commonwealth Government’s budget.  They generally cover a future time period of between four and 10 years.  Despite being the PBO’s best possible estimates of the budget...

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Commentary

22 Aug 2017

The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.

After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over...

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Briefing paper

04 Aug 2017

It is not inevitable that people will learn from history. It is not even inevitable that those who are willing to learn from history learn the right lessons. Which is why, as we approach 10 years since the global financial crisis (GFC) it is important to be clear eyed about what happened in our...

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Report

29 Jul 2017

The Productivity Commission is required under its Act to report annually on industry assistance and its effects on the economy. This report contains the Commission’s latest quantitative estimates of Australian Government assistance to industry.

This year’s review also explores how recent...

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Research report

28 Jul 2017

This research study, drawing on the views of more than 1200 grantseekers, reveals a huge amount of effort is being wasted on abandoned grant applications, large organisations are increasingly scooping up the small grants too, and pressure is building on local government to shell out more....

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Policy report

19 Jul 2017

The Infrastructure Pipeline is Building Queensland’s independent assessment of infrastructure proposals under development by Queensland Government agencies, including departments, government-owned corporations and nominated statutory authorities.

The aim of the Infrastructure Pipeline is...

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Article

05 Jul 2017

Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. This is the third article in The Conversation's series, Is Australia Full?, which aims to help inform a wide-ranging and often emotive debate.

Australia has the highest rate...

Briefing paper

01 Jul 2017

This policy brief

  • summarises trends in spending on social security cash transfers and services in Australia since 1980.
  • examines trends in the proportion of the population receiving different social security payments and
  • compares Australian social security spending
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Briefing paper

20 Jun 2017

Budget Paper No. 2 Infrastructure Statement provides information on the Government’s infrastructure investment program. The objectives of this budget paper are to:

  • support transparency and accountability by reporting on planned capital expenditure covering new works and
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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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Transcript

31 May 2017

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It's great to be here in Melbourne this afternoon for the first event in the Infrastructure Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Major Reform Series.

As Mark said, we are very pleased to be sponsoring today's event and I'd like to thank...

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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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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

28 Apr 2017

This AHURI Inquiry into the funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness in Australia provides the first comprehensive examination and assessment of the funding of Specialist Homelessness Services (SHSs) and other services assisting those experiencing homelessness.

Government...

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Research report

19 Apr 2017

This is the final report of a project undertaken by the Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), and commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health (DoH), to develop options and recommendations for future funding models to be adopted for the residential aged care in...

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Research report

19 Apr 2017

The existence of labour and human rights abuses in medical goods supply chains has implications for Australian healthcare companies and public procurement, as the health and well-being of Australians should not come at the cost of the abuse and exploitation of workers in low-wage countries....

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Research report

30 Mar 2017

Overview

This report focuses on key observations and common issues identified from our financial, performance and compliance audits in 2016, and identifies examples of good practice. It also looks forward to where we will focus our efforts in 2017.

We have...

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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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Discussion paper

10 Mar 2017

Competitive neutrality requires that government business activities should not enjoy any net competitive advantages simply by virtue of public sector ownership. This ensures market competition drives efficient production by the lowest cost business.

Commonwealth, state and territory...

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Research report

28 Feb 2017

The purpose of this research was to estimate the impact on the New Zealand government's fiscal costs and revenues of transitioning households along the housing continuum; from social renting towards owner-occupancy.

This report details our estimations comparing the fiscal impact to the...

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