Budget submission 2008/09

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In response to Treasurer Wayne Swan’s invitation to submit ideas for the new Government’s first budget, four members of the CPD prepared a submission based on the Centre’s research and ideas.


Ian McAuley
, Ben Eltham, John Menadue, and Miriam Lyons structured their recommendations around five guiding principles:

1) Fiscal policy focused on building Australia’s
net public worth

2) Shifting the balance of taxation and financial incentives to reward ‘goods’ and deter ‘bads’

3) Sound pricing of natural resources

4) Avoiding handouts, subsidies or rebates which increase purchasing power without addressing supply constraints

5) Investment for the long term, not just the next term.

Download a copy of their budget submission (69KB PDF)


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