We recently conducted a survey of our members on whether Prime Minister Abbott was right to break his pre-election promise to ditch section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. With over 3,000 people taking part – the result was a landslide: In response to the overwhelming view of our membership, our affiliate, FreeSpeech Australia, will shortly be launching [...]
The Mining Tax Has Failed – it’s time for it to go. Australia’s resources sector has been the driving force behind our economic growth. Mining generates a staggering $138 billion in export income a year – over half of all goods and services – and 175,000 new mining jobs have been created in the last 20 years As Warren Mundine said: Without mining, “we’d all be living in caves”. But all this is under threat [...]
Today is a great day for Australia: the unnecessary, destructive tax on carbon dioxide has finally been repealed! This would have never happened without you. The groundswell of grassroots opposition to the carbon tax was truly historic – and inspiring. Never before have so many people come together to fight such a gross expansion in the size of government. Protests by far-left radical extremists are common. This was different. This was the Australian people rising [...]
We are very happy to announce the addition of Dr Julie Novak and Ross Cameron to the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance Board of Advisers. Both Ross and Dr Novak have extensive experience in fighting for smaller government, and we look forward to the benefit of their knowledge and expertise! Dr Julie Novak: Julie is a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. She has previously worked for Commonwealth and State public sector agencies, including the Commonwealth [...]
The Centre for Independent Studies today released a paper arguing that an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme is preferable to to Coalitions costly, unnecessary gold-plated paid parental leave scheme: Australia spends just under $1.4 billion (2012–13) on statutory Paid Parental Leave (PPL) to provide more than 130,000 parents with up to 18 weeks of parental leave paid at the full-time minimum wage. The Abbott government proposes to pay primary carers at their pre-birth wages up to [...]
On Friday May 16th, a group of radical misogynist socialists attempted to physically attack Julie Bishop MP while she was a guest at the University of Sydney. Some of the students engaged in the assault were in the privileged position of being office bearers of the Student Union, Student Representative Council, and National Union of Students. Violence against women is ALWAYS unacceptable. The perpetrators of this despicable attack MUST face the consequences of their actions Our campuses [...]
MEDIA RELEASE ATA ANALYSIS: Budget Mixed Bag For Taxpayers “The FY2014-15 Commonwealth Budget is a mixed result for taxpayers. Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance commends the Federal Government for a number of savings measures contained in the budget” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “The Medicare Co-payment, and other healthcare reforms, are a necessary step forward to ensure the sustainability of our healthcare system. Similarly, cuts to corporate welfare, reducing middle class welfare, [...]
Media Release Exclusive: Economic Modelling Reveals Deficit Levy Spectacular Failure Exclusive economic modelling undertaken by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance has revealed that the deficit levy proposed in the FY2014-15 Commonwealth budget will be a spectacular failure. The modelling, conducted by economist John Humphreys from the University of Queensland, a former revenue analyst at the Commonwealth Revenue and Deputy Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, has demonstrated that the proposed levy will not only fail to [...]
“The idea of increasing the top marginal tax rate in Australia is unlikely to raise any revenue, and may actually decrease government revenue due to a shrinking in the tax base, as high-income people reduce their labour supply, investment, innovation and tax compliance,” said John Humphreys, the deputy director of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance and an economics lecturer at the University of Queensland. In dynamic tax theory, the revenue-maximising tax rate can be measured using [...]
The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance called on the Federal Government to unequivocally rule out burdening taxpayers with a crippling new tax on households earning over 80,000 “Australia does not have a ‘budget problem’ – it has an overspending problem” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “The Federal Government needs the political courage to address spiralling overspending. Australia simply can’t afford another great new tax. “Imposing a levy to avoid making tough spending [...]
Green tape is strangling Aussie businesses, killing jobs and driving up costs for consumers and it’s time the Federal Government honoured its commitment to make Australia open for business again. And repealing a stealth green tax about to be made law is the perfect place to start. In the dying days of the Gillard government, great new green tax was rushed through parliament – and you probably didn’t even know about it! But believe me, it will [...]
Gina Rinehart, arguably Australia’s most successful businessperson, and a consistent champion of liberty in Australia, recently penned an article in Australian Resources and Investment arguing that the age of entitlement is over, and that if we want foreign investment, “we have to put out the welcome mat and provide good business reasons that they should invest here”. It is rare for a business leader to have the courage to say what Ms Rinehart has said [...]
Most universities teach a biased version of political economy that promotes big government and failed Keynesian policies. In response, (with the support of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance) last year launched “Foundations of Liberty & Free Market Economcis” in Sydney, to introduce students to free-market ideas, and the people behind these ideas. We are now delighted to announce that we shall be launching Foundations of Liberty & Free Market Economics in Melbourne during Semester [...]
From all of us here at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance … MERRY CHRISTMAS! May the New Year bring joy, prosperity… and a return to smaller government!
We are delighted to learn today that Tim Wilson has just been appointed as the new Human Rights “Freedom” Commissioner! Tim Wilson is a great friend of taxpayers and a long-standing and fearless advocate for freedom. This is a great appointment and we look forward to Tim Wilson spearheading the fight to win back our freedoms in his new position!
The Age reveals today that not only are Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt committed to pushing through their wasteful and ineffective big-spending “Direct Action” plan, they don’t even want to subject it to parliamentary scrutiny! Tony Abbott’s much criticised Direct Action carbon abatement policy can be introduced without legislation, meaning it won’t have to run the gauntlet of a hostile Senate, it has been revealed. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has indicated that the government has [...]