Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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Legal Rights Audit 2016

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

This report was authored by Simon Breheny and Morgan Begg, with assistance from Jake Fraser This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all...

5 Reasons To Abolish The RET

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) mandates that 33,000 GWh of electricity - 24 per cent - be generated from renewable sources by 2020. To do this, wholesale energy users, mostly retailers, are required to purchase a certain amount of wholesale...

The Impact of the Prohibitive Cost of Building in Victoria

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Gideon Rozner

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Australian Senate passed the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill. The main object of the Bill is to: "...provide an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure...

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

Hospitality and related industries suffer from red tape in many areas, including inflexible workplace relations laws, restrictive food handling and labelling regulations, and liquor licensing. This paper enquires into the state-based liquor...

Stop This Greed

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

This paper is a critique of the political claims which have accompanied the debate about multinational tax avoidance, both at the OECD and within Australia. The movement within Australia provides an example of domestic policymakers adapting...

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety...

Response to Tertiary Education Quality Standards - Diversity and Equity

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Matthew Lesh

The proposed draft Guidance Note represents a significant threat to freedom of speech and free academic inquiry in Australia’s universities. The Guidance Note should be withdrawn. The concerns with the Guidance Note are as follows: The...

On regulation, productivity and growth

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

This report was authored by Darcy Allen, Daniel Wild and Brett Hogan   Concern over Australia's recent falling productivity growth should centre on the real contemporary policy task of achieving marginal reforms that enable individuals to...

The Use of Prisons in Australia: Reform Directions

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Andrew Bushnell and Daniel Wild

One of the most important roles for government is the protection of people's lives, liberty and possessions through a well-functioning criminal justice system. Keeping people safe from violence gives them confidence to live, work and raise a...

Ensuring a future for Australian coal fired power stations

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

Electricity systems exist to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to consumers and to businesses. The role of government should only be to support competition and private sector innovation in energy markets. When the production of...

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