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This resource argues that there is evidence of growing complacency and reform fatigue, including backsliding on fiscal policy in Australia.
Revision of the federation is imperative to allow the states to reclaim full control over both funding and policy responsibility for health.
Don’t worry about promises of more federal money for public hospitals for the next four years and promises of phantom efficiency gains if nurses are allowed to play doctor by ‘coordinating’ the care of patients. The Turnbull Government’s plan to let the states set their...
With the car manufacturing industry faltering further, the Rudd government’s massive taxpayer-funded support for the Australian car industry is doomed to fail. This paper argues that a strong car industry would be an asset to the Australian economy only if it stood on its own...
The Commonwealth Education Minister, Brendan Nelson, has suggested that the federal government assume full legal responsibility for universities. Andrew Norton argues that transferring power over universities from the states to the Commonwealth would be a mistake. Centralising decisionmaking in Canberra would put key decisions in...
This pamphlet aims to provide detailed coverage of where Australian tax dollars are spent.
Taxation is imposed through the coercive power of the state. Politicians often speak of “asking” taxpayers to pay more of this or that tax, but in reality...
The tax burden imposed by the Commonwealth Government alone, and by all Australian governments, is above its historical levels and forecast to go well above these averages. Similar results are obtained if the budget deficit is included to measure the long-run tax...
One focus of this paper is on the fiscal incentives faced by state governments and how these incentives cause regulatory problems. This suggests reforms to the federation, worthwhile for many reasons, will also assist in cutting back Australia’s red tape burden.
This paper reviews the case for personal income tax cuts, the various forms they could take, and the budgetary scope for cuts. It then suggests what the priorities should be.