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Australian clemency appeals to Indonesia hampered by hypocrisy
Amy Maguire (Lecturer in International Law at University of Newcastle) writes in The Conversation that Australia’s contrasting approaches to capital punishment and the treatment of asylum seekers raise questions about Australia's commitment to human rights ...
Amy Maguire (Lecturer in International Law at University of Newcastle) writes in The Conversation that Australia’s contrasting approaches to capital punishment and the treatment of asylum seekers raise questions about Austral...
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Treasury tax paper ignores virtually every new idea in tax policy since the 1970s
John Quiggin writes ( The Guardian , 31 March 2015) that the worthwhile ideas in Re:think on tax are right out of the 1975 Asprey report on taxation reform. This paper, boldly entitled Re:think, promises something new, more appropriate to the changing world...
John Quiggin writes (The Guardian, 31 March 2015) that the worthwhile ideas in Re:think on tax are right out of the 1975 Asprey report on taxation reform. This paper, boldly entitled Re:think, promises something new, more ...
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The redrawn map of the Middle East is fraying at the borders
Yaroslav Trofimov writes ( The
Wall Street Journal , April 16, 2015) has written a fascinating summary
of the way in which the borders of the Middle East were redrawn with the
collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War, with implicatio...
Yaroslav Trofimov writes (The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2015) has written a fascinating summary of the way in which the borders of the Middle East were redrawn with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the Fi...
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Alan Fenna (Professor of Politics at Curtin University)
notes that the latest bout of federal interference from Commonwealth Ministers in the GST distribution debate is
tantamount to bullying WA to accept the federal government’s push for
privatisation of s...
Alan Fenna (Professor of Politics at Curtin University) notes that the latest bout of federal interference from Commonwealth Ministers in the GST distribution debate is tantamount to bullying WA to accept the federal governme...
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Extending dividend benefits to foreign investors may address competition concerns
This article by John Taylor (Professor, School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) is one of the more insightful considerations given to the issue of Australia's company tax. It was originally published in The Conversation . The Federal Government has flo...
This article by John Taylor (Professor, School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) is one of the more insightful considerations given to the issue of Australia's company tax. It was originally published in The Conversation...
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The Commonwealth can change the GST without the states
This is a concise and clear article by Dale Boccabella and Kathrin Bain ( both from the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) on the legal effects of the GST lock-in mechanism (originally published in The Conversation ). It explains why the "requirem...
This is a concise and clear article by Dale Boccabella and Kathrin Bain (both from the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) on the legal effects of the GST lock-in mechanism (originally published in The Conversation)...
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Inequality arises from submitting to rent-seeking, more so than unequal exposure to economic progress
Writing in The Conversation ,  Gigi Foster (Associate Professor, UNSW Australian Business School) and  Paul Frijters (Economics Professor, University of Queensland) argue that political science may be better than economics at explaining rising income inequa...
Writing in The Conversation, Gigi Foster (Associate Professor, UNSW Australian Business School) and Paul Frijters (Economics Professor, University of Queensland) argue that political science may be better than economics at ex...
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High youth unemployment can’t be blamed on wages
Raja
Junankar (Honorary Professor at the University of NSW) has written an excellent
analysis of youth unemployment. He demonstrates that there is no evidence to
support the view that youth unemployment is caused by high wages or by high
unemployment benefi...
Raja Junankar (Honorary Professor at the University of NSW) has written an excellent analysis of youth unemployment. He demonstrates that there is no evidence to support the view that youth unemployment is caused by high wage...
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John Freebairn (Professor of Economics at the University of
Melbourne) has written a useful short note on how the GST allocation process
works and the context for WA’s small share. This article was originally
published in  The
Conversation  on 17 April 2015...
John Freebairn (Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne) has written a useful short note on how the GST allocation process works and the context for WA’s small share. This article was originally published in The...
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A more balanced critique of taxation concessions
Robert Carling (Centre of Independent Studies and formerly a Deputy Secretary in NSW Treasury) has written a very balanced critique of the purpose of taxation concessions, Right or rort? Dissecting Australia’s tax concessions , noting that many of these are...
Robert Carling (Centre of Independent Studies and formerly a Deputy Secretary in NSW Treasury) has written a very balanced critique of the purpose of taxation concessions, Right or rort? Dissecting Australia’s tax concessions...
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Broader base, not a higher rate the answer for GST reform
This article by Dale Boccabella and Kathrin Bain ( both from the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) is on the options for GST reform (originally published in The Conversation ). The take-away message is that the first priority for reform should be...
This article by Dale Boccabella and Kathrin Bain (both from the School of Taxation and Business Law at UNSW) is on the options for GST reform (originally published in The Conversation). The take-away message is that the firs...
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Higher education changes: the case in favour
A few weeks ago I republished an excellent article on the Government's poorly conceived and executed higher education "reforms" from Stephen Parker. His was a cogent and spirited attack on "ideology in search of a problem". The justifications of the reforms...
A few weeks ago I republished an excellent article on the Government's poorly conceived and executed higher education "reforms" from Stephen Parker. His was a cogent and spirited attack on "ideology in search of a problem". T...
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