Funding

These Pointless Council Projects Just Don’t Rate
2 September 2022

These Pointless Council Projects Just Don’t Rate

This article was originally published in The Herald Sun on or about 2 September 2022 and was written by the author in her 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. It was not that long ago that Australia’s local councils just
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Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion
31 January 2022

Feeding the Fishes, A$1 Billion

The feature image is the view from a drone up about 120 metres, of me floating above the front of Pixie Reef, an inshore reef just to the north of Cairns.  This reef was categorised by Terry Hughes as badly bleached, flying at about 150 metres and looking out from an airplane window. The Great Barrier Reef is vast: a
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Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super
29 November 2017

Rivers Of Gold – How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super

Superannuation has been a relevant public policy consideration in Australia since at least 1915, when the Income Tax Assessment Act 1915 created a taxation exemption for superannuation fund earnings. The tax treatment of superannuation funds was subject to many changes over the next several decades but it wasn’t until the mid-1970s that governments began the process of universalising superannuation. In
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How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super
29 November 2017

How The Trade Union Movement Is Funded By Industry Super

A new report released today by the Institute of Public Affairs uncovers millions of dollars being used to fund the union movement in the form of industry super fund directors’ fees. The report, Rivers of Gold: How the Trade Union Movement is Funded by Industry Super, authored by Simon Breheny and Morgan Begg, reveals that more than $18,438,516 million (in
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Central Bank Has A Strange Idea Of How To Strengthen The Economy
24 June 2017

Central Bank Has A Strange Idea Of How To Strengthen The Economy

Who wouldn’t like to get a huge pay increase? According to RBA governor Philip Lowe we should all be nagging our bosses for a greater share of the national economic pie. If we all got a huge pay increase that “would be a good thing”. Mind you – keeping our jobs would be a very good thing. Therein lies the
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Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants
17 June 2017

Taxpayers Notes: Wasting Millions On Humanities Grants

This month, a number of university departments across Australia will be filled with the sound of popping corks and clinking glasses, as 91 jubilant Future Fellows and their colleagues celebrate the announcement by the Hon. Simon Birmingham that they are each to receive a slice of the Australian Research Council’s considerable pie. In this latest round of funding from the
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