Australian Options Magazine: articles exploring social and environmental ethics in contemporary politics by CPD fellows Ben Spies-Butcher: ‘Debt and discipline from cradle to grave’ It is hard (sic) to underestimate the scale of the transformation being attempted by this budget.… more
Posts by Ben Spies-Butcher
Book your ticket for a post-Budget forum – with drinks! SEARCH Foundation will host a ‘Budget analysis’ speaker event where experts from a variety of different backgrounds will be providing a comprehensive break-down of the new Federal budget. Afterwards, join… more
Could higher taxes be the answer to a tight budget? … Joel Rosenzveig hosts Ben Spies-Butcher, CPD fellow and lecturer in Sociology at Macquarie University, on 2ser’s The Daily to discuss taxation. Ben suggests that debate has led to the belief… more
With the Coalition making noises about tax reform, Ben Spies-Butcher looks at the implications of the Henry Review proposals on a flat income tax
Are education rebates the best way to cut the cost of living for families and make inroads into the education budget? Ben Spies-Butcher weighs it up
The government’s announced reforms to the tax concession further undermines the potential of superannuation to significantly contribute to either the assets available to workers when they retire or the fiscal sustainability of the Budget as the population ages. Currently, the… more
Ben Spies-Butcher questions claims that the Liberals’ flat tax proposals are either simpler or fairer.
Labor’s proposed changes to superannuation are a small step in the right direction, explains CPD fellow Ben Spies-Butcher.
One of Australia’s least fair and least effective forms of public investment is still growing like topsy. In this paper for the Centre for Policy Development Dr Ben Spies-Butcher and Adam Stebbing uncover Australia’s hidden welfare state.