Sinclair Davidson

Adjunct Fellow

How Government Became Its Own Drag On Productivity
29 January 2024

How Government Became Its Own Drag On Productivity

This article was originally published in Australian Financial Review on or about 29 January 2024 and was written by the author in their capacity as a contributor for that publication.  It has been republished on the IPA website with permission. The views expressed are those of the author alone. If Anthony Albanese wants to do something about the cost of living, he
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ESG Not A Super Idea
25 October 2023

ESG Not A Super Idea

ESG is a shaky framework to guide investment and has no place in compulsory super funds without explicit consent of the beneficiaries, argues IPA Adjunct Senior Fellow Sinclair Davidson. The use of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investment strategies within the context of compulsory Australian superannuation raises significant concerns. The concentration of investment funds under the control of the union
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The ESG Trap
20 May 2023

The ESG Trap

While Australians have been distracted by the Voice to Parliament, nuclear submarines, and the Budget, ASIC recently followed through on its threat to crack down on superannuation funds engaged in the esoteric offence of ‘greenwashing’, launching its first prosecution. Greenwashing is the (apparently) deceptive practice whereby business organisations, or investment funds, claim that their products or services are environmentally friendly,
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The RBA Review Had Surprising Omissions
23 April 2023

The RBA Review Had Surprising Omissions

A report that recommended profound changes lacked any evidence to show it was not a set of solutions in search of a problem. The long-awaited review of the Reserve Bank, released to the public last Thursday, had few surprises yet had surprising omissions. For a report that recommended profound changes to the central bank, it lacked any evidence that these changes are,
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Labor’s Housing Plan: The Monster Is In The Detail
9 May 2022

Labor’s Housing Plan: The Monster Is In The Detail

In 2010, the then Rudd government introduced a 40 per cent tax on mining companies. The tax took the form of a virtual co-investment that saw the Commonwealth attempting to finance risky assets at the long-term government bond rate. It was economically illiterate and no doubt contributed to the demise of Rudd’s prime ministership. It seems there is a bit
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Bring The Focus Back Home
27 September 2021

Bring The Focus Back Home

Universities have lost touch with Australians, and now is the right time for the Federal Government to push through reforms, writes IPA Adjunct Fellow Sinclair Davidson. One of the consequences of the COVID pandemic is that the Coalition Government (in office, never quite in power since 2013) has finally felt empowered to do something about Australian universities. Of course, ‘doing
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Auntie’s Fudge
17 May 2021

Auntie’s Fudge

I saw this on Twitter. It led me to a Guardian piece: ABC demands rightwing thinktank correct ‘misleading’ claims on public trust The ABC has demanded the Institute of Public Affairs correct “erroneous and misleading claims” the public broadcaster said the rightwing lobby group made to a parliamentary committee… “The IPA has a responsibility to the federal parliament, and in particular,
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Australia Versus Google
22 January 2021

Australia Versus Google

The out-going Trump administration finally woke up to a nasty little rort that the Australian government was planning on running against United States tech giants operating in Australia. On Monday, The Australian reported that US trade officials had written to the Senate and ‘respectfully requested’ that Australia abandon plans to introduce a de facto (albeit unconstitutional) tax on Facebook and Google. This
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The Empire Strikes Back With A Wet Lettuce Leaf
19 January 2021

The Empire Strikes Back With A Wet Lettuce Leaf

After my AFR piece on the weekend, their ABC have responded. Sinclair Davidson writing in the Australian Financial Review has presented a basket case of inaccuracies about the role of the ABC and its value to Australians. A basket case of inaccuracies.  Heh. That’s a bit rude. But warming to the theme: Mr Davidson, a professor of economics at the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, is
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The ABC No Longer Has A Purpose, Except Pleasing Itself
15 January 2021

The ABC No Longer Has A Purpose, Except Pleasing Itself

There is good reason why former communications minister Richard Alston may have thought the ABC has a high-quality media of record while growing up in the 1940s and 1950s. For the times, it probably was. But, as Alston pointed out in these pages, those times are long gone. When the ABC was first established in 1932 the world was very different –
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