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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.
As the world works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it will need to burn less coal. As a result, the world will need less coal mines. In the lead up to the Paris climate talks in December 2015, President Anote Tong of Kiribati and other...
New research shows a rising number of the Australian adult population are not enrolled, not casting a vote or voting informally.
Combined with the sinking major party vote, nearly 40% of Australian adults did not vote for either party able to form government in...
This paper calls for a code of conduct for economic modelling. A code would require key assumptions to be revealed, context and comparison to be provided, and the identification of who, if anyone, commissioned the work. Modelling results are being used to make important policy...
Outlines a solution to the twin problems of incentives for retirement of coal fired generation and funding rehabilitation liabilities.
Summary The cost to rehabilitate sites used for coal mines and coal fired power stations are large, lack transparency and are under provided for...
This report examines the potential economic harm that major expansion and construction of new coal mines can cause, including:Lower coal prices associated increased supply and associated reductions in royalty and corporate tax payments Decline in the terms of trade Job losses in existing...
The most common problem with the way that economic modelling used is Australian policy debates in Australia is when good modelling is used out of context to suggest that the case for a particular policy position is stronger than the modelling actually suggests. This technical...
This paper suggests a modification to the Pension Loan Scheme intended to help boost the retirement incomes of a large number of current retirees.
The Australian government is currently willing to boost the retirement incomes of wealthy Australians by providing low...
This paper attempts to put a dollar figure on the value of state assistance to the mining industry.
State governments are more usually associated with the provision of health, education and law enforcement than industry assistance. So it might surprise taxpayers...
This paper proposes that Australia abolishes tax concessions for superannuation and create a universal (non-means-tested) age pension.
As Australia’s population ages, government policies that assist retirement will become even more essential. Superannuation tax concessions and the age pension are the two...