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The ABC should share the burden of spending cuts

Economics & Deregulation | Julie Novak
Canberra Times 16th April, 2014

This year, pre-budget speculative fear and loathing is gripping the public sector more intensely than usual, as the Abbott government floats...

Bilateral trade deals simply a political plaything

Economics & Deregulation and Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 15th April, 2014

Bilateral free trade agreements are political confidence tricks. Far from encouraging trade liberalisation, the trade negotiation process holds it...

It's the tax debate we have to have

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 11th April, 2014

The pity about the debate we're having on the GST is that it's not a debate about how to cut taxes and how to cut government spending. The debate...

Revenue lobbyists should leave the GST alone

Economics & Deregulation | Julie Novak
The Drum 11th April, 2014

Australia should get its excessive spending under control without resorting to the tempting but unwarranted consumption tax grabs we have recently...

Micro-parties tap into dissatisfaction

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 8th April, 2014

The 2013 federal election was a remarkable election, and Saturday's Western Australia Senate re-run has confirmed just how remarkable. In...

Beware of wolves wrapped in climate change

Economics & Deregulation, Energy and Climate Change | Alan Moran
Herald Sun 4th April, 2014

In The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio's mentor says, "Nobody knows if the stocks will go up, down, sideways" and explains that the...

A restriction on secondary boycotts is a restriction on free speech

Freedom of Speech | Simon Breheny
The Guardian 4th April, 2014

The federal government's proposal to further limit secondary boycotts would be a restriction on freedom of speech, but environmental activists are...

Guess what: creative industries jobs are okay

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 3rd April, 2014

A little economics can go a long way, and that is certainly true when thinking about good jobs and bad jobs, and specifically whether some sectors...

It's power grabs we should fear, not cybercrime

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 1st April, 2014

"Cybercrime is a systemic risk and I think it is the next black swan event," the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Greg...

How George Brandis' race-hate laws are good for democracy

Freedom of Speech | Chris Berg
The Age 30th March, 2014

What would the repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act symbolise? It is a sign the debate has progressed that columnist Waleed Aly...