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Placing GST On Online Purchases Is A Tax Increase Which Will Place Australian Consumers At Risk

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

"The government's plan to impose GST on goods purchased from foreign online retailers is a tax increase and should be rejected by the parliament", said Dr Chris Berg. Dr Berg and Professor Sinclair Davidson, RMIT economists and senior fellows at...

Australian Taxation Office Vindicates IPA Research And Admits Corporate Tax Avoidance Is Relatively Modest

MEDIA RELEASE | Chris Berg

"Comments made today by the Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan that corporate tax avoidance is a minor issue vindicate Institute of Public Affairs research", said Chris Berg, postdoctoral fellow at RMIT and senior fellow at the Institute of Public...

Business Investment In Australia Now Lower Than Under Whitlam

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Daniel Wild

Business investment in Australia is 12.2% of GDP and is forecast to fall to a record low nine per cent of GDP by 2020, according to Macquarie Research. During the Whitlam era of economic crisis business investment averaged 13.7% of GDP.

Minor Party Voters Fed Up With Red Tape

MEDIA RELEASE | Evan Mulholland

Fifty-two per cent of minor party voters believe Australia is over-regulated, according to an Essential Research poll released on 14 February 2017. "This is clear evidence that minor party voters are fed up with the burden imposed by red tape and...

New Research Program To Improve Policy Advice

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

This week the Institute of Public Affairs launched its new Parliamentary Research Brief Program which will provide concise analysis on topical issues direct to parliamentarians. "The program builds on what the IPA has always been about:...

Liquor Licensing: Red Tape On Australian Businesses

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen and Chris Berg

Hospitality and related industries suffer from red tape in many areas, including inflexible workplace relations laws, restrictive food handling and labelling regulations, and liquor licensing. This paper enquires into the state-based liquor...

Stop This Greed

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Sinclair Davidson

This paper is a critique of the political claims which have accompanied the debate about multinational tax avoidance, both at the OECD and within Australia. The movement within Australia provides an example of domestic policymakers adapting...

The Case For Cutting Red Tape On Drones

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Darcy Allen

From videography and construction, to the age-old primary industries of agriculture and mining, drones hold remarkable potential to revolutionise many Australian industries. From 29 September 2016 regulatory changes by the Civil Aviation Safety...

Australia Must Cut More Red Tape On Drones

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Regulators must continue efforts to cut unnecessary red tape on drone technology - including removing restrictions on flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) for commercial operators - according to a new research paper by free market think tank...

Business confidence high but small businesses know there is more work to be done

MEDIA RELEASE | Darcy Allen

Today's Sensis Small Business Index shows that small and medium businesses are more confident about the future than they have been since early 2010. However, the report also shows that small and medium sized enterprises want the Federal Government...

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