Recent publications in Occasional Paper

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The end of history... in Australian universities

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg, Stephanie Forrest and Hannah Pandel

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...

Unions in Labor: A handbrake on reform

OCCASIONAL PAPER | James Paterson and Patrick Hannaford

The disproportionate level of union influence in Australian politics acts as a handbrake on reform. This influence is caused by the deep institutional links between the union movement and the ALP. It has both caused and been reinforced by the...

Canberra's debt problem: Where's the money gone?

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Mikayla Novak

Public sector borrowing has been directed toward current consumption and transfers, harming our longer term growth prospects. In real terms if federal general government infrastructure spending was fully funded by borrowing, there would have been...

A review of the scientific evidence underlying the imposition of a carbon tax or ETS in Australia

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

On 1 July 2012 the Australian Government's comprehensive carbon tax was levied on those businesses that produce more than 25 Mt annually of greenhouse gas emissions. The evidence justifying the need for such a tax is examined using...

Submission on Australia's Post-2020 Emissions Reduction Target

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

For the last twenty years atmospheric methane concentrations have been subject to natural variability that is a consequence of El Nino events. Thus there is no reason to regulate methane emissions when changes in atmospheric methane...

Submission regarding Australia's post-2020 emissions reduction target

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

A new view on climate change involving the relevance of behavioural economics, psychology, behavourial economists and climate change.

The life saving potential of coal

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Brett Hogan

According to the World Health Organisation, over 3 billion people around the world still cook and heat their homes by burning biomass (including wood, crop waste and dung), and over 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity. In India, the...

Classical Liberalism in Australian Economics

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Chris Berg

Classical liberalism, the tradition of free markets and individual liberty, has an outsider status in the Australian economics profession. This paper surveys the origin of Australian classical liberal economics in the nineteenth century, its sharp...

Taking Melbournes Temperature

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

The Melbourne temperature record is one of the "long time" instrumental records of Australian temperature. It starts in 1855 and continues to the present day. Originally measurements were made in the Flagstaff Gardens. Then when the Melbourne...

Taking Australias Temperature

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tom Quirk

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology provides two Australia wide temperature data sets that are the results of extensive adjustments.

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