Research Papers

Ten Red Tape Initiatives For The Next Australian Government
20 June 2016

Ten Red Tape Initiatives For The Next Australian Government

The Australian economy is shackled by red tape. Poorly designed and low quality red tape stifles growth, suppresses entrepreneurship and hinders our international competitiveness. Cutting red tape at all levels of government is now our only solution. However, both sides of federal politics are yet to make a clear comprehensive commitment to cut red tape. In this short paper we
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In Defence Of The British Nation State: The Australian Case For Brexit
1 June 2016

In Defence Of The British Nation State: The Australian Case For Brexit

On 23 June, Britons will be asked, Brexit or not? The answer will have seismic ramifications for the future of democracy, sovereignty and freedom. No lesser advocates than Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron have prosecuted the affirmative and negative cases for Brexit. Why then, should an upstart Australian enter the fray in the Brexit debate? Because Brexit is
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Free Speech On  Campus Audit 2016
1 May 2016

Free Speech On Campus Audit 2016

Freedom of speech is under serious threat at Australian universities. The Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 is a systematic review of intellectual freedom on Australian campuses using a methodology adapted from American and British assessments of university free speech. Each Australian university has been assigned a red, amber, or green speech ranking, based upon their policies and past actions.
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The Red Tape State
1 May 2016

The Red Tape State

As of the end of April 2016, the commonwealth government maintained an estimated 1,181 entities, bodies, and administrative relationships. Of those 1,181 entities and bodies, 497 are estimated to be involved in policy design or enforcement of the federal regulatory system. It is estimated that 444 government bodies established by the Rudd and Gillard governments continue to exist, and 198
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The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity
1 May 2016

The 176 Billion Tax On Our Prosperity

This is the first of a series of papers investigating the dimensions of red tape costs in Australia. There is widespread concern that government red tape imposes substantial costs upon the Australian economy. These costs typically come in the form of paperwork, labour retraining and other compliance burdens, the costs of delaying production, and the diversion away from more entrepreneurial
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What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing
20 February 2016

What Politicians Need To Know About Negative Gearing

• Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners. • 80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under $150,000, and the median income of Australians negatively geared is $88,751. • Changing negative gearing will make it more
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Driving A Soft Bargain
15 December 2015

Driving A Soft Bargain

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 government Agencies or Departments by employee size. The APS Agreements provide that general salary levels for APS-level employees will incrementally
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The End Of History…
17 July 2015

The End Of History…

Undergraduate history degrees in Australia fail to teach fundamental aspects of Australia’s history and how Australian liberal democracy came to be. Instead, they offer a range of disconnected subjects on narrow themes and issues—focusing on imperialism, popular culture, film studies, and ethnic/race history. This report contains the results of a systematic review of the 739 history subjects offered across 34
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Freedom To Teach
17 December 2014

Freedom To Teach

While there has been much attention and significant resources dedicated to examining the structures surrounding the attraction, training, retention and performance of teachers, there is almost no consideration of the conditions under which teachers are employed and paid. This report examines the government school Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) and awards across Australia, pointing to a highly inflexible and restrictive employment
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The Sharing Economy – How Over-Regulation Could Destroy An Economic Revolution
10 December 2014

The Sharing Economy – How Over-Regulation Could Destroy An Economic Revolution

The sharing economy describes a rise of new business models (‘platforms’) that uproot traditional markets, break down industry categories, and maximise the use of scarce resources. The best known services are the ridesharing system Uber and the accommodation service Airbnb. However, the sharing economy extends much further into finance, home tools, investment, and everyday tasks. The ‘sharing economy’ emerged from
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