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The reform of Australia’s federation is under review, with a White Paper process currently underway. In this video recorded at ANU on Thursday 2 October 2014 a group of experts consider what reform issues should be foremost.
Reducing the flow of greenhouse gas emissions will require substantial changes in human behaviour, both on the demand and production sides. Technological change holds the key. Effective policy toward climate change requires a global approach which is considered to involve placing a price on carbon....
This paper provides pictures of low pay adult employees in Australia in 2004 drawing on data from the HILDA survey. The low waged are disaggregated into full-time and part-time employees. It is conservatively estimated that approximately 13 per cent of employees can be classified as...
In this report, policies for assessing effects of climate change risk and uncertainty on water-supply provision are discussed. The emphasis is on analytical insights derived using option-pricing arguments. Attention is also paid to portfolio approaches, problems of uncertainty and catastrophic risk.
This report highlights key federal taxation areas requiring reform, with brief case studies illustrating the inequities, and presents a number of recommendations for a fairer system. The Brotherhood is urging the new federal government to examine options to create a fairer, simpler and a more...
This paper explores the potential use of environmental taxes in Australia in addition to the broad based and larger revenue raising taxes on income, consumption and assets.
Environmental taxes are one of the available policy intervention instruments for correcting market failures with the allocation...
The proposals are approximately revenue neutral in aggregate and minimize redistribution relative to the current economic incidence. The proposed reforms include: remove current exemptions to achieve comprehensive payroll and land tax bases, and apply flat rates with individual state rights to choose the rate and...
The case for reform of the taxation and social security systems, together with reform blueprints, were provided in the Henry Review released in May 2010. To the Henry Review reform proposals should be added a more comprehensive and higher rate GST,...