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When the government plays with hidden taxes, we all lose

By · March 30th, 2014

“You don’t get nuthin for nuthin.” Professor Stephen King discusses the illusion and the reality of cross-subsidies, and who really bears the costs of the postal service, the gas reservation scheme and the NBN.

Self-managed super funds: a blessing or a bomb?

By · March 22nd, 2014

Yannis Goutzamanis examines the dangers of the unregulated use of self-managed super funds, and how it could undermine the entire public policy rationale behind superannuation.

The Murray Inquiry: what it may mean for Australia’s banking landscape

By · March 12th, 2014

Stephanie Gale explains the Federal Government’s inquiry into the banking system, including its terms of reference, reactions and its potential to change Australia’s banking environment as we know it.

Australia’s automotive fallout

By · February 26th, 2014

ESSA’s first infographic explores automotive manufacturing following the recent closure announcements by Toyota and Holden.


Will mining investment fall off a cliff?

By · February 25th, 2014

Rob Brooker tells the story of mega projects, engineering construction works and private sector labour. How will the mining investment saga end?

Making the best of Direct Action – Part 3

By · February 19th, 2014

In the series end, Kim Liu offers suggestions to maximise and incentivise voluntary emission reductions as an alternative to the Direct Action Plan.

Ethanol: a political hat trick

By · February 8th, 2014

How and when, if ever, should the ethanol industry be subsidised? Ben Brooks from the Left Right Think-Tank talks about the cosy link between biofuel production and politics.

Government and the public purpose in Australia

By · February 5th, 2014

Joey Moloney explores the effect of Australia’s ever-increasing affluence on the political expectations of the general public.


A case for the privatisation of Australia Post

By · February 1st, 2014

Professor Stephen King questions the government’s investment in Australia Post in light of the NBN’s impact on the standard letter.

Making the best of Direct Action – Part 2

By · January 25th, 2014

Kim Liu puts forth an alternative way to auction off carbon abatement while maximising profits and corporate truth-telling.

The welfare state debate: who gets what and who pays for it? Part 2

By · January 17th, 2014

In reminding us of what the welfare system is all about, Peter Whiteford lays bare the facts on long-term welfare dependency and finds surprisingly little truth to the ‘maker-or-taker’ attitudes toward social security.

The welfare state debate: who gets what and who pays for it? Part I

By · January 14th, 2014

Just how big of a problem is middle class welfare?
A rigorous examination of the impacts of government benefits and taxes on income by ANU professor Peter Whiteford.


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