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Will a Flat Tax Increase Revenue?


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has consistently called for a fairer and flatter tax system. Flat taxes, which have rejuvenated economies in Eastern Europe, have generally been shunned in the West, despite their impressive results. Last week, however, new research by the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States, has come out demonstrating that in the United States at least, a flatter tax system with a lower rate would actually increase revenue. The abstract: []

FACTCHECK: Has the Federal Government Cut Spending?


Almost every day we hear shrieks in the media about how the Federal Government is drastically slashing spending. Even the Federal Government uses the rhetoric of  cutting spending and “budget repair”. But is this actually true? Is the government cutting spending? Make no mistake – our public spending levels are out of control, and things are only going to get worse as debt piles up, and our aging population puts increased costs on health and []

Unbelievable: Activist Receives $3m In Taxpayer Funding To Assess Policy She Promoted


Just when you thought the professional nanny state industry couldn’t become any more farcical, it has been revealed that Melanie Wakefield, one of the key architects of Australia failed plain packaging regime, has been receiving more than $3 million of taxpayer dollars to assess… her very own plain packaging legislation. That’s right, Professor Wakefield, who was part of the Labor Government’s Tobacco Expert Committee which recommended plain packaging, and who then advised the Government on its implementation, has []

Announcing Our New State Directors!


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is excited to announce our newest initiative: the appointment of State Directors to help co-ordinate ATA campaigns in states around Australia! Queensland State Director: Roderick Schneider Roderick Schneider is the Membership Director of the Australian Institute for Progress. He is a Financial Adviser and is on the Queensland committee of the Association of Financial Advisers. Roderick is a regular guest on Triple J’s current affairs programme Hack, and was a participant []

MEDIA RELEASE: Victorian Election – Both Major Parties Fail Taxpayers


Victorian Election: Both Major Parties Fail Taxpayers The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, Australia’s leading taxpayer-advocacy body, has condemned the tax-and-spend big-government policies of both major parties in tomorrow’s Victorian election. “Both major parties have failed Victoria” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “The Victorian Liberal Government, in a grubby last minute attempt to win votes, is promising to waste taxpayer dollars on every special interest group they can find. So desperate are []

Sydney Rally: Privatise the ABC!


Australia & New Zealand Students for Liberty, in conjunction with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance and the Australian Libertarian Society is organising a rally this saturday outside the Sydney ABC studios calling for the ABC to be privatised. We are living in a world of unparalelled media diversity thanks to the internet, and there is no reason for taxpayers to be funding a media empire when there is easy access to content with the advent of []

The G20’s Most Taxing Issue


Professor Sinclair Davidson, a member of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Board of Advisers,  recently discussed the issue of international tax competition in International Banker: In Australia, at least, big business pays a very fair share of income tax. According to OECD figures, Australian businesses paid 19.7 percent of total tax revenue in company income tax in 2011, compared to an average of 8.7 percent for the OECD as a whole. In short, there is no []

MEDIA RELEASE: G20 Pro-Capitalism “Free The Markets” Rally This Saturday


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), Australia’s leading non-partisan grassroots free-market activist body, is proud to announce a coalition of pro-liberty organisations will be rallying in support of free trade and free markets at the G20 summit in Brisbane this Saturday. The rally will be held at 11:00am on Saturday 15th of November at Southbank Parklands, Brisbane. Confirmed speakers currently include The Hon Dr Gary Johns, Director of the Australian Institute for Progress and former Minsiter []

G20 Free The Markets Rally


Join us at the G20 Free The Markets Rally!!! Do you want to get involved in the G20 but aren’t important enough to get an invite? Do you have too much common sense and personal hygiene to join one of the many socialist rallies? Do you agree the best way for society to progress is through free markets?Well, here’s the event for you.Our peaceful and family friendly rally will be based on the lawn at []

The Foul Stench of Smoking-Related Addiction To Taxpayer Funds


A Question Of Integrity

Monday’s revelation that professional nanny statist Mike Daube blatantly lied to the government and public about the Carmen Debacle is only the tip of the iceberg about the shady dealings of Healthway. The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has uncovered millions of dollars of taxpayer dollars have been funneled to…  the personal activist groups of Healthway Board Members. Healthway is a taxpayer funded West Australian Government Agency, already under investigation by the Public Sector Commission following a []

MEDIA RELEASE: Prof Mike Daube Must Resign; Urgent Investigation Into Healthway Required


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA) has called for the resignation of Professor Mike Daube from the Board of the taxpayer-funded Healthway, following revelations that he has misled the government and the WA public, and for the West Australian Government to launch a full investigation into Healthway’s administration and finances to ensure its sponsorship dollars are not being misused. Investigations by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance have also determined that Healthway has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars []

International Tax Hike Agenda Must Be Opposed


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is proud to be part of an international coalition of 22 organisations to combat proposed new international taxes. Whether it be slugging our corporations, as Joe Hockey has admitted he wants to do, or increasing lifestyle taxes that hurt the poor most, proposals to slug taxpayers around the world must be fought tooth and nail. On the matter of tax competition which Joe Hockey is opposed to, the letter notes: Tax []

Media Release: Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking!


David Leyonhjelm Thanks Smokers

MEDIA RELEASE Senator Speaks Sense On Smoking Click HERE for this media release in pdf format Click HERE for  a copy of Senator Leyonhjelm’s Speech Taxpayer advocates today praised Senator David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democratic Party) for revealing the inconvenient truth about tobacco taxes and for bravely saying “thank you for smoking.” Senator Leyonhjelm today debunked the myth that smokers are a drain on the public health system, illuminating a yearly tobacco tax haul nearly 17 times larger []

Newest in ACT Taxpayer Funding: Kill Climate Deniers


From the Territory that bought you Hindenboob Disaster, comes the latest in news you just won’t believe isn’t from the satirical publication The Onion. In the latest round of taxpayer funding doled out by the ACT government comes the following line item: Aspen Island Theatre Company: $18,793 to assist with costs of the creative development of a new theatre work, ‘Kill Climate Deniers’. That is correct. The ACT taxpayer is funding the development of a work called “Kill []

ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers


Media Release ACT Transparency Bill Leap Forward For Taxpayers; States and Commonwealth Should Follow Suit The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today welcomed the introduction of the Government Procurement (Transparency in Spending) Bill 2014 in the ACT Legislative Assembly allowing for greater transparency in government spending through the creation of online transparency portals. “We applaud Alistair Coe MLA, Shadow Minister for Planning & Infrastructure; Transport; Urban Services; and Heritage for taking this initiative to increase transparency and []

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