PUBLICATIONS

16 September 2016

Submission On Exposure Draft Of Superannuation Legislation

Superannuation lies at the heart of important national policy questions about taxes, spending, personal responsibility and the role of government. Almost a quarter of a century after the introduction of compulsory superannuation, four out of five Australians do not have enough savings to fully fund their retirement. Yet rather than identify new ways to encourage all Australians to put more
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14 September 2016

WA Labor’s Uranium Ban Sells The State Short

According to WA Labor’s Plan for Jobs, ‘a McGowan Labor Government will free business from the burden of poor regulations’. Yet if elected WA Labor will also ban new uranium mines and refuse to complete approvals processes for mines that are already underway. So much for freeing business from red tape. The prospect of a Labor victory next March is
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13 September 2016

Banning Political Donations Is Banning Freedom

In the wake of the Chinese ­donation scandal engulfing “Shanghai” Sam Dastyari, more than a few politicians have ­massively overreacted by calling for bans on all political donations from not only foreign sources, but companies and unions too. Tony Abbott last week advocated such a ban: “We need to look long and hard at restricting donations to real people on
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9 September 2016

The Turnbull Government Backs An Unprincipled Purpose Of Super

On Wednesday the Turnbull government released draft legislation to bring some of its superannuation promises into law. These changes are not the whole policy – we are told that some of the most contentious parts will be legislated in the future. But in many ways this legislation is even more significant than the policy of how superannuation should be taxed.
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8 September 2016

Opening Remarks To Victorian Parliament Ride Sourcing Inquiry

Regulatory decisions surrounding the ridesharing industry are of critical importance to the Victorian economy because they will set a precedent for the disruptive potential of the sharing economy more broadly. The most general principle underpinning our submission is the idea of ‘permissionless innovation’. That is, we believe a quality regulatory system, one that deals well with disruptive technologies and business
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7 September 2016

Dead To History

A movement to censor our history is forming at Australian universities. Students and academics are campaigning for buildings and lecture halls to be renamed because of their association with ‘offensive’ historical figures. They no longer feel comfortable confronting, or even acknowledging, the past- instead, they want to expunge it altogether. Their first target is the renaming of the Richard Berry
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7 September 2016

Way Too Much Fuss Over A Simple T-Shirt

This week Target became the latest target of the politically correct warriors. Target’s crime of political correctness was to sell a T-shirt. A pink T-shirt for girls. The t-shirt read, “Batgirl to-do list: Dryclean cape, wash batmobile, fight crime, save the world”. And with that, the warriors launched their attack on social media. The accusations the warriors levelled at Target
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5 September 2016

A Shift In Monetary Policy Won’t Work Miracles

A nominal GDP target for central banks isn’t without merit, but a monetary fix won’t be a cure-all for our economic problems. Given these chaotic days of unorthodox monetary policy practice, such as ultra-low interest rates and quantitative easing, talk about reforming the way central banks manage the monetary system is seemingly at an all-time high. Bursting from the academic
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1 September 2016

Strangling The Goose With The Golden Egg

Why we need to cut superannuation taxes on Middle Australia. The purpose of the retirement income system should be to enable Australians to maintain in retirement the living standards they achieve during their working lives. While our system largely achieves that goal for low and high-income earners, middle-income Australia is poorly served. High effective tax rates on superannuation are a
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The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail
26 August 2016

The Turnbull Government’s Disgraceful Free Speech Fail

The spectacle of Malcolm Turnbull arguing passionately for higher taxes on self-funded retirees while saying the reform of laws restricting freedom of speech in Australia was not a priority sits uneasily with what he said on the night he became prime minister. In the evening of September 15, 2015, he laid down the measure against which his time as PM
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