Robert Carling

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…

Is it really all smiles for NSW?

21 June 2017 2:22 pm

Alarm bells should ring when treasurers resort to hyperbole to describe their budget achievements. With Paul Keating in the late…

Fiscal funny games and milking miners won’t win the West

31 May 2017 6:34 pm

One of the maxims of fiscal policy is that when a government is on the hunt for revenue, weird and unexpected things can happen. Everyone…

Budget 2017: bank levy is just a populist revenue grab

10 May 2017 2:44 pm

So much can be said about the 2017-18 federal budget — little of it complimentary — it’s hard to know…

When 50 per cent off is no bargain

22 February 2017 2:55 pm

Reducing the 50 per cent capital gains tax discount is one of a welter of tax ideas to receive attention…

Borrowing binge raises the debt roof

31 January 2017 12:04 pm

Scott Morrison returns to his desk this week with enthusiasm for company tax cuts reinforced by impressions gained from an overseas…

MYEFO: revenue raisers v expenditure cutters

21 December 2016 4:51 pm

The Commonwealth government’s mid-year budget update shows the deficit/debt problem is no closer to being resolved. In 2007-08 (the last…

How green is the grass on the other side

12 December 2016 12:13 pm

The change of prime minister has put New Zealand in the news on this side of the ditch, and we…

The government’s a mess, but remember Labor’s old ideals

7 November 2016 6:57 am

Remember all that Marxist/Leninist guff, circa a century ago, about public ownership of the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy? If…

Death and taxes (and even more taxes)

26 October 2016 12:44 pm

Australia’s state and federal death taxes (aka estate duties or inheritance taxes) were consigned to the graveyard of abolished taxes…

Bambi’s budget bottom line still dogged by worries

18 October 2016 12:35 pm

The Baird government recently announced a $4.7 billion budget surplus for 2015-16, more than a billion dollars above the estimate…

ScoMo’s super self-imposed dilemma

30 August 2016 2:50 pm

The Prime Minister and the Treasurer must rue the day they allowed their public service advisers to talk them into…

Shorten’s mandate theory falls short

25 August 2016 1:32 pm

One thing about close election results is that they give rise to a lot of waffle about mandates. The Labor…

Correcting Morrison’s senseless superannuation strategy

11 August 2016 7:35 am

Scott Morrison is reportedly open to the idea of exemptions to his proposed $500,000 lifetime cap on after-tax superannuation contributions…