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Why we can't shake off the cultural cringe

Ideas & Liberty | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 21st November, 2014

The phenomenon Arthur Phillips famously described as the "Australian cultural cringe" is alive and well. It was on display during the G20 meeting....

Less publicly-funded TV is good news for taxpayers...if not pigs

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 20th November, 2014

Malcolm Turnbull's well-telegraphed announcement yesterday that the ABC's funding will be cut by A$254 million over five years is no surprise. But,...

Opinion: ABC cuts smart move to get public finances on sustainable footing

Economics & Deregulation | Simon Breheny
Courier Mail 19th November, 2014

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed cuts to the ABC on this week's episode of Q&A. But the Q&A audience of about 700,000...

Abbott will soon look like a genius for refusing to drag Australia to yet another climate fiasco

Climate Change | Tom Switzer
The Guardian 18th November, 2014

Even as he continues to win plaudits from visiting Chinese and Indian leaders, the high priests and priestesses of the fourth estate are in...

Abbott deserves only praise for embracing free trade

Trade & IP Unit | Chris Berg
The Drum 18th November, 2014

The economics of trade can be a little counter-intuitive. This is no more so than for its central lesson, which is this: the benefits of tariff...

Cost-benefit analysis puts corporate tax avoidance in perspective

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 17th November, 2014

The growing crackdown on tax avoidance risks ushering in a broader suppression of international tax competition, harming the interests of all...

Victoria's transport policies ruled by the heart, not the head

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 17th November, 2014

Possibly the most economically irrational and counterproductive policy of this state election was offered by Labor this week. You won't be...

Evasion, Avoidance or Simply Compliance? The G20's Most Taxing Issue

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
International Banker 17th November, 2014

In November, Australia will host the G20 meetings in Brisbane. Included in an overly ambitious agenda is international tax avoidance or, as the...

Big government, big opportunity for rent-seekers

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th November, 2014

In the 2012-13 financial year, the Australian Labor Party received $55 million in donations. The Liberals received $73 million. The Greens and the...

Labor Party reluctant to ditch union ties in Victoria

Work Reform and Productivity Unit and States Policy Unit | Chris Berg
The Sunday Age 9th November, 2014

On Friday, Labor's planning spokesman, Brian Tee, insisted he would not resign his membership of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy...