In a new discussion paper, ‘The Risk Society: social democracy in an uncertain world’, CPD fellow John Quiggin examines the role of government as the ultimate risk manager. He argues that risk will be the… more
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
An extract from the UK’s New Economics Foundation on creating economic recovery ‘From the ashes of the crash’.
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… more
High risk financial activities are not sustainable, writes Joe Nagy, in this review of the lead-up to last year’s meltdown: “The recent global financial meltdown began in America and spread… more
Monetary policy should orient itself towards stability and take into account the recent precedents to the Global Financial Crisis, writes Imogen Halstead: “The Asian Financial Crisis and the dot.com boom… more
In the wake of the global financial crisis, a rethink of our ideas about money and interest is overdue, writes Shann Turnbull: “The financial system and the economy need to… more