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Skewed policy ensures size matters in small business sector

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 30th May, 2015

Criticism of corporate welfare shouldn't be reserved for recipients from the big end of town, but should extend to small businesses thriving on...

Orwellian language infects Canberra's tax debate

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 29th May, 2015

George Orwell wrote wise words about many things. Animal Farm and 1984 are two of the most perceptive books about politics and power ever written....

A welcome mutiny against protectionism

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 26th May, 2015

It's sometimes thought that the economic disputes that characterised the 1970s and '80s are finished. The debate over protectionism, for instance,...

Cutting corruption helps the poor the most

Economics & Deregulation | Peter Gregory
The Hindu Business Line 24th May, 2015

The Modi government's war on corruption will create a freer and more prosperous India. And it's the poorest who stand to benefit the most. In...

Party time for unions under Queensland's Palaszczuk government

Work Reform and Productivity Unit | Patrick Hannaford
The Australian 21st May, 2015

The use of taxpayer resources to increase union membership is a fundamental attack on freedom of association, but it shouldn't come as a surprise...

No good comes of taxing the rich

Economics & Deregulation | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 16th May, 2015

Recent experiences have shown that "tax-the-rich" redistribution policies often end in failure, and are usually politically unpopular. In 2013 the...

Budget 2015: No big new taxes is a small win

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 15th May, 2015

Just as important as what was in Tuesday's federal budget, was what was not in it. Unlike last year there were no new income taxes. Nor was there a...

An analogue budget meets the digital world

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 12th May, 2015

Budgets are a matter of light and shade. You have to get the balance right. And so having spent the weekend talking about its wonderful childcare...

Taxi industry will suffer if it refuses to embrace Uber

Economics & Deregulation | Patrick Hannaford
Herald Sun 6th May, 2015

Sometimes the loudest opponents of innovation should simply be ignored. Threatened by the growing popularity of ride-sharing app Uber, the...

The undone tasks of deregulation

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
Quadrant 5th May, 2015

Back in 2007, Kevin Rudd thought he could make a big political statement by outflanking John Howard as a free marketeer. He claimed to be the true...

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