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Testing times make for great (and awful) leaders

Governance & Service Provision | Chris Berg
The Drum 30th December, 2014

Tim Fischer, deputy prime minister in the Howard government, thinks John Monash, the legendary Australian military commander during the First World...

Teachers need a flexible career structure

Education | Vicki Stanley
The Australian 30th December, 2014

There is a popular view that keeping the best teachers in classrooms can be solved by simply paying all teachers more. It is only natural that...

Great Barrier Reef: a shore thing muddied by misconceptions

Climate Change | Bob Carter
The Australian 29th December, 2014

Visitors to north Queensland who come to see the reef and rainforest are often perplexed to gaze from their hotel balconies out on to a...

REPORT: Freedom to teach

Education | Vicki Stanley
Report 28th December, 2014

Teachers in Australia's schools are suffering under an old-fashioned industrial relations regime and an out-dated salary structure according to new...

Joe Hockey's budget woes overshadow all else in 2014

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Age 28th December, 2014

When Australia's political historians look back at 2014, they will see it as a year defined by its May budget. Economic policy dominates...

The world needs more internet freedom, not less

Media, Telecommunications and IT Unit | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 27th December, 2014

To keep the Internet as the socially empowering and productivity-boosting tool it is today, we should guard against government attacks on internet...

Welfare plans an assault on our freedom

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 23rd December, 2014

Last Thursday Kevin Andrews, then minister for Social Services, wrote in The Australian that income management - the practice of "quarantining" a...

What is a taxi? Regulation and the sharing economy

Economics & Deregulation and Deregulation Unit | Darcy Allen
OECD Insights 22nd December, 2014

The ‘sharing economy' has emerged because new technologies such as the internet have drastically reduced transaction costs. Embracing these...

The only real tax reform is lower tax

Economics & Deregulation | John Roskam
Australian Financial Review 19th December, 2014

It is a myth that Australia is a low-tax country, because we're not. In fact we're on the verge of becoming a country with higher than average...

Stop putting it off: we need a surplus ASAP

Economics & Deregulation | Chris Berg
The Drum 16th December, 2014

The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook forecasts yet another budget blow-out of the sort that we've become used to over the last decade. This...

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