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Alex Robson


It doesn't have to be this way: Australia's energy crisis, America's energy surplus

Why is US energy so inexpensive? Why is its electricity more reliable and pricing more transparent than Australia’s? Why are its carbon emissions declining faster relative to Australia? This report seeks to answer those questions, clarifying what’s at stake if Australian policymakers do not change...

The costs of taxation

Many government spending programmes do some good, but the question posed in this new research paper is whether they do more good than the harm they cause. Alex Robson demonstrates that every dollar the government raises in tax has a cost. He calculates the total...

Sweet and sour pork barrelling: the case of Queensland sugar

The Queensland sugar industry is once again pleading for more government assistance. Alex Robson argues that such assistance does more harm than good and that the best course of action may be to abandon the notion of targeted regional assistance altogether.