Chris Berg

Adjunct Fellow

Chris Berg was a fellow and policy director with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2004 and 2017. He was an adjunct fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2017 and 2020.
Visit his website at chrisberg.org

Why We Should Privatise The ABC
21 August 2017

Why We Should Privatise The ABC

The ABC should be privatized. Watch the IPA’s Chris Berg this morning talk to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism. You can read the full report here: https://ipa.org.au/publications-ipa/submissions/submission-senate-select-committee-future-public-interest-journalism
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Medicare Details Available On Dark Web Is Just Tip Of Data Breach Iceberg
18 July 2017

Medicare Details Available On Dark Web Is Just Tip Of Data Breach Iceberg

Modern governments use a lot of data. A lot. Our social services are organised by massive databases. Health, welfare, education and the pension all require reams of information about identity, social needs, eligibility, and entitlement. Our infrastructure is managed by massive databases holding information about traffic flows, public transport usage, communications networks, and population flows. Our security is maintained by
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SA Bank Levy Has Already Caused Harm To The South Australian Economy
7 July 2017

SA Bank Levy Has Already Caused Harm To The South Australian Economy

A new report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs, has found that the South Australian Bank Levy has already damaged the investment reputation of South Australia, despite not yet being put to Parliament. The Report The South Australia Major Bank Levy: Arbitrary, unjustified, and harmful for South Australia and the rest of the country, by Dr Chris Berg
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The South Australian Major Bank Levy: Arbitrary, Unjustified, and Harmful for South Australia And The Rest Of The Country
7 July 2017

The South Australian Major Bank Levy: Arbitrary, Unjustified, and Harmful for South Australia And The Rest Of The Country

In the South Australian state budget 2017-18, South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced that the state government intended to introduce a South Australian Major Bank Levy, one of two revenue measures “to help us meet the cost of our significant support for driving economic growth and creating more jobs”.1 Treasurer Koutsantonis made clear that this levy was explicitly modelled on
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State Government Bank Levy Makes South Australia Riskiest Place For Investment In Australia
3 July 2017

State Government Bank Levy Makes South Australia Riskiest Place For Investment In Australia

Imagine being an international investor looking at Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis’s Budget. You wouldn’t be interested in his infrastructure spend and “future jobs fund”. You’d immediately hone in on the fact that the South Australian government has doubled down on the Federal Coalition’s bank levy by introducing its own state bank levy. And you’d immediately understand that this makes SA the
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The End of Liberalism?
1 June 2017

The End of Liberalism?

Liberalism is waning everywhere, but that offers the opportunity for renewal, writes Dr Chris Berg. Nothing in the language of the 2017 Commonwealth budget was exceptional by Australian standards. Treasurer Scott Morrison stood in parliament and announced what he described as a ‘fair and responsible path back to a balanced budget’, followed by an optimistic account of global macroeconomic conditions,
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Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk
21 April 2017

Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk

“The government’s plan to impose GST on goods purchased from foreign online retailers is a tax increase and should be rejected by the parliament”, said Dr Chris Berg. Dr Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT economists and senior fellows at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, will appear this morning before the Senate Economics Legislation Committee
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GST Change Is A Plain And Simple Tariff, Scott Morrison
11 April 2017

GST Change Is A Plain And Simple Tariff, Scott Morrison

The Turnbull government’s proposal to eliminate the $1000 threshold before the GST is levied on imported goods is not a tax integrity measure. It is a tariff, and one that will have serious repercussions that the government does not seem to have considered seriously. The end of the low-value threshold was first flagged by the government in December 2014. It
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Diverted Profits Tax Will Go Nowhere
28 March 2017

Diverted Profits Tax Will Go Nowhere

The Turnbull government’s diverted profit tax has passed the Parliament. Introduced in response to the moral panic that, somewhere, somehow multinational corporations don’t pay a fair share of taxation, this new tax is at odds with the government’s professed belief in lowering the corporate tax burdens, is at odds with our international competitors, and (as we learnt just this month),
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Australian Taxation Office Vindicates IPA Research And Admits Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Relatively Modest
16 March 2017

Australian Taxation Office Vindicates IPA Research And Admits Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Relatively Modest

“Comments made today by the Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan that corporate tax avoidance is a minor issue vindicate Institute of Public Affairs research”, said Chris Berg, postdoctoral fellow at RMIT and senior fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs. In comments reported by the Australian Financial Review today, Commissioner Jordan argued that while “everyone is focusing on the large multinationals
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