In his new discussion paper for the Centre for Policy Development, Fred Argy demolishes eight myths underpinning what currently passes for “fiscal conservatism” in Australia. The view that neither taxes nor public debt levels should… more
How did a gathering of professional economists rate the policies of the two major parties? And how does the Coalition’s rhetoric about economic management sit against its record? Ian McAuley… more
Women voters are a hot topic this election campaign – so why isn’t there more talk about equal pay, asks Kath McDermott
The CPI will be released this week but Ian McAuley isn’t confident that the announcement will be accompanied by rational debate on interest rates
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… more
Ian McAuley draws our attention to a report that Chris Bowen, Minister for Financial Services, released in the sleepy season – the Johnson report on the finance sector
Ben Spies-Butcher questions claims that the Liberals’ flat tax proposals are either simpler or fairer.
John Quiggin calls for, if not a People’s bank, at least a new inquiry into the financial system.
CPD Fellow, Ben Spies-Butcher considers how tax breaks are transforming Australia’s welfare. Are these new forms of social security promoting self-reliance or more welfare for the rich? If you’re in Melbourne, come along to this… more
From the time Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy last September, most politicians and public servants have been busy trying to contain the damage of the global economic crisis, without paying much attention to the economic… more