Sinclair Davidson

Adjunct Fellow

The Economic Crisis Is Still To Come
7 August 2020

The Economic Crisis Is Still To Come

It is pretty clear what Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews wants: the overwhelming majority of Victorians to remain in their homes for, at least, 23 hours a day. Go out for exercise, and shopping, if you must. Don’t go out between 8pm and 5am at all. If you don’t know, the answer is “no”. Stay at home is the very clear
Read
Why JobKeeper Cannot Be For Keeps
20 May 2020

Why JobKeeper Cannot Be For Keeps

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that Australia had a 6.2 per cent unemployment rate. Based on the collapse in hours worked, however, I guesstimate the jobless rate is closer to 9 per cent. An increase from 5.2 per cent unemployment to almost 9 per cent in just one month is a catastrophe. To be fair, things could be
Read
In This Peril, Remember Australia’s Success Secret
27 March 2020

In This Peril, Remember Australia’s Success Secret

Far too many people have spent their leisure time watching post-apocalyptic television shows. At the first sign of trouble they all immediately went shopping. I always imagined that having a stock of ammunition and Krugerrands would be essential for the end of days. But no. Toilet paper. Without wanting to downplay the seriousness of the medical crisis facing the world
Read
Why The Holes In Bowen’s Numbers Matter
11 April 2019

Why The Holes In Bowen’s Numbers Matter

Spare a thought for Chris Bowen. It turns out a number he has been quoting for some time is bogus. To be fair there is no reason to doubt that he relied on that number in good faith. Yet he has a history of relying on numbers and analysis that turn out to be problematic. In 2008 Bowen relied on
Read
Labor’s Franking Credits Plan Adds Up To A Nana Tax
30 January 2019

Labor’s Franking Credits Plan Adds Up To A Nana Tax

Australia’s dividend taxation regime is a complex solution to a simple problem. It is well known and understood that double taxation of corporate income gives rise to economic distortions. The simple solution to that problem would be to make corporate income tax-free in the hands of shareholders. But no. So a somewhat complicated system was introduced that taxed dividend income
Read
You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies
22 August 2018

You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies

Politics in a stable democracy should be boring, even relaxed and comfortable. Yet since the fall of the Howard government in 2007 Australian politics has been exciting– almost a blood sport. The population is certainly not relaxed nor comfortable. Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister appeared well on his way to changing all that. Re-election looked possible, even likely. The shenanigans in Canberra
Read
Current Australian Tax Cut Debate A Tale Of Two Populisms
3 July 2018

Current Australian Tax Cut Debate A Tale Of Two Populisms

Since 2007-8 – the last time Australia enjoyed a budget surplus and zero net public debt – government spending has increased by 78 per cent. Spending now makes up 25.4 per cent of GDP. By contrast, government revenue has increased by 61 per cent and makes up 24.9 per cent of GDP. For those of us who thought John Howard
Read
The ABC, ‘Independent’ To A Fault
19 June 2018

The ABC, ‘Independent’ To A Fault

It is appalling that a sitting government should have to complain that the ABC is repeating Labor lies as facts. The ABC itself should be ashamed to have received such a complaint. Yet that is precisely why the Labor Party supported the establishment of the ABC – to provide a forum for pro-ALP news and opinion. This points to questioning
Read
ABC Is About Partisanship Not Diversity
14 June 2018

ABC Is About Partisanship Not Diversity

The difference between the ABC and Fairfax and News Ltd is that the ABC is a $1 billion government program that provides media services to Australians. Fairfax and News Ltd are private entities that do so at their own expense and hope to earn a profit. Those small details were missing from Laura Tingle’s defence of the ABC published inWeekend AFR.
Read
New Book – End Public Broadcasting: Why We Should Privatise The ABC And How To Do It
26 May 2018

New Book – End Public Broadcasting: Why We Should Privatise The ABC And How To Do It

A new book by Professor Sinclair Davidson and Dr Chris Berg ‘Against Public Broadcasting: Why We Should Privatise the ABC and How to Do It’ was launched last night at an Institute of Public Affairs event in Sydney. RMIT Postdoctoral Fellow and IPA Senior Fellow Chris Berg said, “The ABC is a 1 billion dollar public policy initiative that is
Read