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If you build it, they will charge

October 19, 2017

If you build it, they will charge The Australia Institute, October 2017 Governments around the world offer incentives to support electric vehicles. Australia does not. This paper examines how we can boost electric vehicle sales – in four proven, low-cost ways. There is a race to transition the world’s massive car fleet to electric vehicles

Undermining our democracy: Foreign corporate influence through the Australian mining lobby

September 07, 2017

Undermining our democracy: Foreign corporate influence through the Australian mining lobby Australia’s mining industry is 86% foreign owned and has spent over $541 million in the last ten years on lobbying Australian governments through its peak lobby groups, which are dominated by foreign interests. Spending on lobbying by individual mining companies is

The tip of the iceberg: Political donations from the mining industry

September 07, 2017

The tip of the iceberg: Political donations from the mining industry Political donations in Australia are difficult to monitor as many go unreported. Only donations over $13,000 are disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commission. The majority of donations are likely to be under this disclosure threshold or hidden through other means, such as

The petroleum resource rent tax: overview of primary documents and literature leading to the 1987 legislation

December 04, 2016

The petroleum resource rent tax: overview of primary documents and literature leading to the 1987 legislation Kraal D, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (October 2016). Newly available archival documents give insight into the Hawke Government (1983-1991) political and consultative processes, which resulted in the Australia’s Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987 (Cth).

Effective carbon rates on energy

December 14, 2015

Effective carbon rates on energy OECD (December 2015). 

Taxing carbon and recycling the revenue: who wins and loses

December 07, 2015

Taxing carbon and recycling the revenue: who wins and loses Donald Marron, Eric Toder and Lydia Austin, Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center (November 2015). This Tax Fact explores the distributional impact of taxing carbon dioxide to combat climate change and in recycling the revenues into tax cuts.

Mining Subsidies vs Public Services

September 26, 2015

Mining Subsidies vs Public Services The Australia Institute (September 2015). As new Resources and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg announces that the $5 billion Northern Australia fund could be used to subsidise coal projects, including the Adani mine in the Galilee, research shows support ranging from 65% to 78% for a policy shift. According to

Impacts of Carbon Prices on Indicators of Competitiveness

July 05, 2015

Impacts of Carbon Prices on Indicators of Competitiveness Johanna Arlinghaus, OECD (March 2015). Concerns around potential losses of competitiveness as a result of unilateral action on carbon pricing are often central for policy makers contemplating the introduction of such instruments. This paper is a review of literature on ex post empirical evaluations of

Get Regular Excise: The case to reindex the fuel excise

June 30, 2015

Get Regular Excise: The case to reindex the fuel excise The Australia Institute (June 2015). The Howard Government decision in 2001 to cut indexation has cost the budget more than $46 billion in tax revenue to date. If no change is made the total cost to the budget is projected to top $160

Taxing Carbon What, Why and How

June 30, 2015

Taxing Carbon What, Why and How Donald Marron, Eric Toder, Lydia Austin, Urban Brookings Tax Policy Center (June 2015). The case for a carbon tax is strong. A well-designed tax could efficiently reduce the emissions that cause climate change and encourage innovation in cleaner technologies. The resulting revenue could finance tax reductions, spending