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Sinclair Davidson

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Senior Research Fellow

Sinclair Davidson is Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. He has written extensively on taxation policy in Australia and is a regular contributor to public debate. His opinion pieces have been published in The Age, The Australian, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, and Wall Street Journal Asia. Sinclair has also published in academic journals such as the European Journal of Political Economy, Review of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and the Cato Journal.

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Submission to Treasury consultation into exposure draft of Tax Laws Amendment

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Integrity Multinational Anti-avoidance Law) Bill 2015 exposure draft represents an important and concerning watershed in the practice of Australian corporate tax governance. The draft bill would base the...

'Google tax' will damage Australia's investment reputation

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

"The government's proposed ‘Google tax' is nothing more than a tax grab and will damage Australia's investment reputation," says Chris Berg, Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. Treasurer Joe Hockey announced yesterday that...

Submission to the Senate Inquiry into Corporate Tax Avoidance

SUBMISSION | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

The terms of reference for this inquiry are broad. This submission can only tackle a small proportion of the issues raised by the terms of reference and are likely to be raised by the committee's deliberations. First, we outline the relative...

Paying your way

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Sinclair Davidson

In the May 2014 budget, the Abbott government proposed a ‘radical' reform package of the Australian university system. If it were implemented, domestic students would have to pay a greater share of the costs of their own education. Judging...

Does Australia have a Productivity Growth Problem?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson and Ashton de Silva

Ever since Paul Krugman stated that productivity was ‘almost everything', policy makers have been obsessed with improving it. This focus has led to a great deal of policy confusion. Productivity is important, but it is not an active policy...

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Dick Smith couldn't compete and that is why it failed

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 6th January, 2016

Troubled electronics retailer Dick Smith's shock receivership leaves investors and customers on tenterhooks. All those shoppers who bought gift...

Why the Reserve Bank isn't the right regulator for our payments system

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
The Conversation 14th October, 2015

Sinclair Davidson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. Jason Potts is an Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public...

It's cynical to attack business as a proxy for government

Ideas & Liberty | Sinclair Davidson
Australian Financial Review 13th October, 2015

In a recent speech Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs argued that businesses should be held accountable for governments' violation of...

RBA got it wrong and regulated credit card fees upwards

Economics & Deregulation | Jason Potts
Australian Financial Review 29th September, 2015

Few consumers would have noticed a very important reform discussion taking place in Australia. It is a debate relating to credit card interchange...

Qantas turnaround delivers some useful market lessons

Economics & Deregulation | Sinclair Davidson
The Conversation 24th August, 2015

Qantas has come a long, long way since the federal government rebuffed its request for corporate welfare last year, and it moved to cut 5000 jobs....