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Australia is one of the richest nations in the world, at arguably the richest point in our history. Yet our commitment to foreign aid is declining. The Coalition government plans to cut aid funding by $1.4 billion per year or 33 per cent by 2017-18....
This paper finds that net rental loss, which is effectively the value of negative gearing, is not spread equally across electorates.
This report attempts to break the current political impasse by provide a range of politically pragmatic proposals that would reform...
Summary: The combination of negative gearing and the capital gains tax (CGT) discount is distorting the Australian residential property market, encouraging speculative behaviour and being used by predominately high income households as a tax shelter.
Modelling commissioned by The Australia Institute shows that...
This paper looks at the potential gains and impacts involved from extending the GST to private schools and private health insurance.
The Coalition Government's proposed amendments to the GST have been attacked for disproportionately impacting low-income households. But the GST doesn't...
This paper is the first in a series of policy proposals intended reduce Australia’s budget deficit in a fairer and more equitable way than the measures rejected by the Senate.
With large parts of the 2014 budget not passed by the...
Overview: Super tax concessions are increasingly being used by high income earners as a way of minimising their tax. This is not their original purpose. They were designed to encourage people to save for their retirement so they would be more self-reliant and less...
Overview: The government has claimed there are no alternatives to its budget vision and called on the senate crossbenchers to stop blocking its budget measures or find alternatives that stack up. This paper aims to do just that.
In order to help the...
The NSW Government is considering how to establish a community benefits fund from the potential development of a coal seam gas (CSG) industry in the state. The Australia Institute made a submission.
Key points:Gas company contributions to a Community Benefits Fund...