David Richardson

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Discussion paper

Electricity consumers pay the price for competition, privatisation, corporatisation and marketization
18 Jan 2019

As heatwaves across Australia heighten concern for high electricity prices as households try and stay cool, this research argues that the problem in electricity pricing is structural, and the Prime Minister’s proposed ‘big stick’ approach to breaking up electricity companies will likely exacerbate the problem,...

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2018

This paper examines what has happened to government revenue in the last twenty years, the state of government revenue today and how we can reform our tax system to make it more efficient and equitable.

Briefing paper

30 Jul 2018

Australia Institute research has consistently shown there is no correlation between lower company tax rates, employment or economic growth. This analysis shows that foreign investors will be the unambiguous winners of the proposed company tax cut.


Treasury Laws Amendment (Personal Income Tax Plan) Bill 2018 [Provisions] Submission 13
13 Jun 2018

This paper examines the Turnbull Government’s 2018 personal income tax proposals by presenting a distributional analysis of the tax cuts and then looking at some general tax principles and considerations that we can use to assess the present proposals.

Briefing paper

29 May 2018

Leading up to the budget there has been a good deal of concern over the status of the NDIS, also known as DisabilityCare Australia. It is important to understand just what is going on and how secure the funding might be.

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