Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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Legal rights audit 2015

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Morgan Begg

This report illustrates the increasing regulatory burden, and the extent to which legal rights continue to be breached in new laws passed every year. This has been measured by assessing the volume and content of all legislation passed by the...

What politicians need to know about negative gearing

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Sinclair Davidson

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...

Driving a soft bargain

OCCASIONAL PAPER | James Paterson

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...

The Curtin-Chifley origins of the Australian bank deposit guarantee

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

In 2008, the Australian government introduced a guarantee of bank deposits. However, in 1945 the Curtin-Chifley government had already introduced what it believed was an explicit bank deposit guarantee. Using archival material, this paper shows...

Submission to the Review of the Impact of Illegal Offshore Wagering

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

It is the longstanding view of the Institute of Public Affairs that governments ought to respect the autonomous decision of consumers to gamble with their own money, as the choice to do so reflects their individual preferences. In this...

Cyberbullying and public policy

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

Cyberbullying is a topic of increasing sociological, legal and educational focus. There has been a great deal of media interest in the prevalence and harm caused by cyberbullying. Likewise, there has also been substantial public policy interest in...

Making welfare sustainable

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Australia has a targeted tax transfer system compared with other developed countries, but on the outlays side there still remains too much welfare spending directed to middle and upper classes (defined here at households in top 60 per cent of...

Welcome to the Yellow Brick Road

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

Innovation for Australia

The good news on poverty: Things are getting better for the poor in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Contrasting the image that the rich are getting richer and the poor getting poorer, Australians experiencing poverty and disadvantage are in fact enjoying better living standards than previous generations of impoverished Australians. People on...

Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

The dynamism of an economy stems from the creation of new businesses. Australia witnessed a substantial decline in its new business entry rate over the decade to June 2014. If allowed to go on unaddressed this development has the capacity to...

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