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ACOSS budget priorities statement_2017-18

February 27, 2017

ACOSS budget priorities statement_2017-18 ACOSS (February 2017). The Australian Council of Social Service today called on the Turnbull Government to throw out harsh proposals that have repeatedly failed to pass Parliament and adopt budget policies that are fair and sustainable. “After three years of chasing the ill-conceived 2014 Budget cuts, it’s time the Government

Stagnation nation? Australian investment in a low-growth world

February 27, 2017

Stagnation nation? Australian investment in a low-growth world Jim Minifie, Grattan Institute (February 2017). The Federal Government’s key policy prescription – a cut in the company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent over ten years – would attract extra foreign investment, but at a cost: it would also reduce

CEDA’s Economic and Political Overview

February 19, 2017

CEDA's Economic and Political Overview CEDA (February 2017). CEDA's 2017 Economic and Political Overview provides economic and political insights and also examines where growth will come from in 2017, ongoing domestic challenges, the prospect of a weakening Australian dollar and global risks.

2016 tax expenditures statement

February 05, 2017

2016 tax expenditures statement Australian Government Treasury (January 2017). The 2016 Tax Expenditures Statement lists 289 tax expenditures and, where possible, provides an estimate of the dollar value or order of magnitude of the benefit to taxpayers.

Economy for the 99%: it’s time to build an economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few

January 26, 2017

Economy for the 99%: it's time to build an economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few Deborah Hardoon, Oxfam (January 2017). New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society – especially the poorest

Australian government response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report: Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia

January 15, 2017

Australian government response to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Report: Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia Australian Government Treasury (December 2016). 

Explaining the rise of Australian inequality

January 15, 2017

Explaining the rise of Australian inequality Andrew Leigh, Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Per Capita Reform Agenda Series (December 2016). At the forum, Dr Leigh outlined the drivers of inequality in Australia. The big drivers of inequality, he argued, are low union membership, technology, globalisation, taxes and transfers, and market concentration. The strongest friends of egalitarianism

2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook

December 24, 2016

2016-17 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook The Australian Government (December 2016). The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) updates the economic and fiscal outlook from the previous budget. Clause 14 of the Charter of Budget Honesty requires the release of a MYEFO each year by the end of January, or six months after

Taxing times: the impact of the GFC on tax revenue in Australia

December 24, 2016

Taxing times: the impact of the GFC on tax revenue in Australia The Australia Institute (December 2016). This paper looks at the effect that the fall in tax revenue post Global Financial Crisis (GFC) had on the Commonwealth’s budget. It does this by modelling what would have happened if revenue had instead remained

The impact of tax and benefit systems on the workforce participation incentives of women

December 24, 2016

The impact of tax and benefit systems on the workforce participation  incentives of women Alastair Thomas and Pierce O’Reilly, OECD (December 2016). This paper examines the impact of tax and benefit systems on the incentives for second earners to enter formal employment. The paper highlights how various tax design features create greater participation