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What Price Value Capture?

March 20, 2017

What Price Value Capture? Grattan Institute (19 March 2017). State governments should be wary of following the Turnbull Government’s advice to introduce “value capture” schemes to fund major new transport projects. As Australians in capital cities struggle to cope with clogged roads and crowded trains, the Turnbull Government wants to stop being just “an

Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth

March 19, 2017

Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth OECD (17 March 2017). Going for Growth builds on OECD expertise on structural policy reforms and economic performance to provide policy makers with a set of concrete recommendations on reform areas identified as priorities for strong and inclusive growth. The priorities broadly cover product and labour market

Easytax resurrected – A look at One Nation’s economic and taxation policies

March 19, 2017

Easytax resurrected - A look at One Nation's economic and taxation policies The Australia Institute (8 March 2017). Pauline Hanson's February 2017 announcement that One Nation will again campaign for a flat-rate 2 per cent turnover tax takes her back to a policy position she first adopted nearly two decades ago. Initial analysis suggests

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