Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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Canberra's debt problem: Where's the money gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Public sector borrowing has been directed toward current consumption and transfers, harming our longer term growth prospects. In real terms if federal general government infrastructure spending was fully funded by borrowing, there would have been...

The life saving potential of coal

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

According to the World Health Organisation, over 3 billion people around the world still cook and heat their homes by burning biomass (including wood, crop waste and dung), and over 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity. In India, the...

Classical Liberalism in Australian Economics

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

Classical liberalism, the tradition of free markets and individual liberty, has an outsider status in the Australian economics profession. This paper surveys the origin of Australian classical liberal economics in the nineteenth century, its sharp...

The Case Against Tax Reform

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Geoffrey Brennan

This republication of Professor Geoffrey Brennan's seminal work The Case Against Tax Reform has come at a crucial time in Australia's political history.  In 2015, discussion of tax reform fills the policy air. This is no better...

No to the GST attack

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Following recent direct and indirect tax increases, there has been speculation that the Abbott government is considering extending the GST to low value imports of $1,000 or less. Putting a GST on low value imports is unlikely to revive Australian...

Freedom to teach

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Vicki Stanley

While there has been much attention and significant resources dedicated to examining the structures surrounding the attraction, training, retention and performance of teachers, there is almost no consideration of the conditions under which...

Factsheet: Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Dom Talimanidis

An analysis of new business creation in Australia

Factsheet: The myth of Australia as a 'low tax' country

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

An analysis of relative tax burdens

The sharing economy: How over-regulation could destroy an economic revolution

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

The sharing economy describes a rise of new business models (‘platforms') that uproot traditional markets, break down industry categories, and maximise the use of scarce resources. The best known services are the ridesharing system Uber and...

The state of fundamental legal rights in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg and Simon Breheny

Fundamental legal rights have evolved over hundreds of years. Predominantly, these rights originate from English legal tradition and have been further developed through other Western legal systems. The common law rights that have arisen out of...

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