Robert Carling

It’s not just Canberra. The states face a corona budget belting too

3 June 2020 5:00 am

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn state government policies into the response to a national crisis like rarely before — a…

The economic statement: the real issues

13 May 2020 10:39 am

The Treasurer’s ministerial statement to parliament yesterday – in place of the usual budget speech scheduled for that day — could…

Loosen corona restrictions or face a fearful future cost

29 April 2020 2:04 pm

If you want to know how much the coronavirus pandemic might cost, the International Monetary Fund’s recent world economic outlook…

The Koronavirus Keystone Kops threaten our health and our liberty

14 April 2020 3:18 pm

In the space of just a few weeks, the rule of law in Australia has both triumphed in the High…

Wait until we emerge from shelter – and see the economic damage done

9 April 2020 5:49 pm

If we think of coronavirus as a severe tropical cyclone, when it passes and we venture outside to survey the…

Coronavirus: not just a health crisis, but a crisis for our economy and liberty

30 March 2020 1:02 pm

Coronavirus is first and foremost a health crisis. But it is fast becoming an economic crisis as well. Some observers…

Drop the cash ban. Let’s keep legal tender legal

11 February 2020 7:15 pm

When does the end justify the means? One answer to that question comes in legislation currently snaking its way through the…

We don’t need a bushfire royal commission. We need clearly defined responsibilities

16 January 2020 5:00 am

Among the many extraordinary aspects of this season’s bushfire crisis is the blame directed towards the federal government – and…

The 2020s: the new age of profligacy

6 January 2020 2:05 pm

Fiscal profligacy is breaking out all over. Australia is an exception, but many other countries have given up on efforts…

No recession, but a big policy ask ahead

9 September 2019 2:04 pm

The economic ghouls may be disappointed that last week’s real GDP read-out for the quarter came without a minus sign.…

It’s boom time for the public service pen pushers

25 June 2019 6:14 am

With the NSW Treasurer handing down the state’s 2019-20 budget last week, the big three states — which also include…

Time to patch up our ragged economic miracle

18 June 2019 1:06 pm

Australia’s vaunted economic miracle is looking a bit ragged after another sluggish quarter. There is still growth, but barely enough…

Venezuela’s not alone at the end of the road to serfdom

15 March 2019 2:25 pm

Venezuela in social and economic collapse provides a contemporary case study of where socialism takes a country, but one too…

Are we really still the economic wonder down under?

7 November 2018 1:26 pm

Australia continues to gain international recognition for its exemplary economic performance and to be highlighted as a case study in…

Budget (almost) balanced; now for the vote buying

25 September 2018 4:48 pm

One of the rituals of the federal Budget cycle is the release of a final budget outcome for the preceding…

The inequality storm in a teacup

12 September 2018 2:50 pm

The idea that economic inequality is a problem — and an increasing one — demanding public policy remedies has taken…

It’s easier to buy votes than sell policies

6 September 2018 7:29 am

What do Scott Morrison and Vladimir Putin have in common? For one thing, they’ve both backed down from proposals to…

The rich get richer while the poor get… richer too

2 July 2018 7:45 am

One of the striking results of the survey of millennials released by the Centre for Independent Studies last month was…

Guess who’s got a poll next year?

28 June 2018 4:04 pm

Every budget has a theme, whether real or concocted. For the NSW budget tabled last week, the theme is “putting…

The moral and economic case for tax cuts

1 June 2018 1:05 pm

It is difficult to find anyone in politics willing to make a case for income tax cuts for anyone considered…

The tax cuts menu

26 April 2018 1:13 pm

With the Turnbull government raising expectations of personal income tax cuts in the forthcoming budget, the question is whether it…

Revenue and responsibility

11 January 2018 4:48 pm

The Queensland government submission to the Productivity Commission review of GST distribution suggests the Commonwealth government should share its income…

Will 2018 see GST magic?

3 January 2018 6:00 pm

Reforming the system of GST distribution among the states – horizontal fiscal equalisation, or HFE – is unlikely to be…

The unnecessary royal commission

30 November 2017 12:17 pm

If truth is the first casualty of war, then banks are the first casualty of populism – even in a…

We must not forget the fundamentals of free markets

27 September 2017 7:20 am

The twentieth century taught us enough about the limits to government intervention that the Australian energy market debacle — a…