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Australia’s two-decade economic expansion has not been simply a function of chance or benefiting from the nation’s rich natural endowments. This historic growth period has occurred despite the Asian Financial Crisis; the Russian and Long Term Capital Management (LTCM) crises; the 2001 bursting of the...
This mid-year budget report provides updated information on the Australian Government’s fiscal position.
The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2013-14 (MYEFO) has been prepared in accordance with the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 . The Charter requires that the Government...
A franchise is an arrangement in which a ‘brand’ owner allows a franchisee to trade under that brand and typically either allows, or requires, the franchisee to use the franchisor’s business and marketing systems. This research paper examines whether the former Government’s mooted legislative amendments...
This publication contains state and territory estimates of Gross domestic product and its components, in current price and volume terms, for the years 2004-05 to 2012-13.
This report argues that a reform package could add about $37 billion a year to Australian government budgets and help to tackle Australia’s growing budget crisis.
Australian governments must make tough choices to balance their budgets. They face a decade of...
This paper highlights opportunities to improve the administration of the law, noting that while key regulators must be independent, they must also operate in an environment with incentives to better understand business and minimise regulatory burdens, including those arising from delays and uncertainty.
NB The full compilation of this series was launched on 26 June 2014, called "False economies: unpacking public service efficiency" and available here >
CPD’s public service research director Christopher Stone contends that despite rhetoric to the contrary, the Australian public sector...
This paper proposes steps to move the Federal budget back to surplus in the short term.
The new Abbott government should address its self-identified budget emergency by cutting wasteful spending now. Reducing government will also help prepare Australia for its future...
The Climate Change and Risk Management: The Role of the Financial Services Sector Think Tank held on 5 December 2012 brought together members representing the financial sector, government and policy makers, climate scientists and academics to discuss the role the financial sector can play in...
This report argues that regulators can do more to reduce the compliance and enforcement burdens they impose on small businesses.
Key points:Small businesses feel the burden of regulation more strongly than other businesses. Almost universally, their lack of staff, time and...