Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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Driving a soft bargain

OCCASIONAL PAPER | James Paterson

All current Australian Public Service Enterprise Agreements have a nominal expiry date of 30 June 2014, and are currently in the bargaining stage for the next suite of agreements. This report examines the APS Agreements of the Top 10 Commonwealth...

The Curtin-Chifley origins of the Australian bank deposit guarantee

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

In 2008, the Australian government introduced a guarantee of bank deposits. However, in 1945 the Curtin-Chifley government had already introduced what it believed was an explicit bank deposit guarantee. Using archival material, this paper shows...

Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Simon Breheny

It is the longstanding view of the Institute of Public Affairs that governments ought to respect the autonomous decision of consumers to gamble with their own money, as the choice to do so reflects their individual preferences. In this...

Cyberbullying and public policy

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

Cyberbullying is a topic of increasing sociological, legal and educational focus. There has been a great deal of media interest in the prevalence and harm caused by cyberbullying. Likewise, there has also been substantial public policy interest in...

Making welfare sustainable

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Australia has a targeted tax transfer system compared with other developed countries, but on the outlays side there still remains too much welfare spending directed to middle and upper classes (defined here at households in top 60 per cent of...

Welcome to the Yellow Brick Road

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

Innovation for Australia

The good news on poverty: Things are getting better for the poor in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Contrasting the image that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, Australians experiencing poverty and disadvantage are in fact enjoying better living standards than previous generations of impoverished Australians. People on...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

The dynamism of an economy stems from the creation of new businesses. Australia witnessed a substantial decline in its new business entry rate over the decade to June 2014. If allowed to go on unaddressed this development has the capacity to...

The fossil fuel subsidy myth

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

Over the last six years, the phrase ‘fossil fuel subsidy' has been used by environmental campaigners to demonise the mining industry and call in to question the economic viability of Australia's coal, oil and gas companies. The claimed cost...

FACTSHEET: Income tax - weighing down the family budget

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

As previous Institute of Public Affairs research has shown, Australia is not a low tax country. An apples-with-apples comparison which includes both European social security taxes that cover retirement incomes, and Australia's compulsory...

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