Take A Stand For Academic Freedom!

  Academic Freedom in Australia is in grave danger – and we need to act now before it is too late. Last week, cowed by a shrill vocal minority of far-left activists, the University of Western Australia cancelled its contract with internationationally renown academic Bjørn Lomborg to establish a leading research centre to apply cost-benefit analysis to development projects . For daring to apply evidence to public policy, Bjørn Lomborg was hounded out of our universities. What have we become? Academic freedom is at the heart of any university. To ...

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Media Release: Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance 2015 Budget Analysis

The FY2015-16 budget represents a mixed-bag for taxpayers, according to an analysis by the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Tax is set to increase by $100 billion over forward estimates, while spending is set to increase by over $60 billion. Spending in FY2015-16 is over $5billion higher than planned by Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan in the 2013 Pre-Election Fiscal Outlook as a result of new spending initiatives with a deficit this year of $35 billion. Top of FormBottom of Form "It appears that the new benchmark for fiscal prudence is to get the budget deficit under $40bn. ...

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Preliminary #2015Budget thoughts: More tax, more spending, more deficits

The following are some preliminary thoughts by John Humphreys, Deputy Director of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance on the 2015 Federal Budget. A formal statement on behalf of the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance will be released shortly.  Summary True to their word, this has been a fairly boring budget since most of the details had already been announced. As expected, the government has introduced a few extra taxes (in addition to bracket creep), and a few new spending projects, and budget deficits for the next four years. In a continuation of a theme started by ...

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Media Release: Taxpayers Welcome Desperately Needed Tax Reform – But Not Tax Hikes!

Taxpayers Welcome Desperately Needed Tax Reform – But Not Tax Hikes! Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, released the following statement following publication of the Commonwealth Treasury’s Tax Discussion Paper: “Aussie families and businesses are desperate for genuine reform of our crippling, complicated and archaic tax system. Australia is rapidly falling behind in international tax competitiveness, losing jobs and businesses offshore, while households struggling under one of our regions highest tax burdens with complia...

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Each Aussie Household Taxed $100 To Give Every Auto Worker $135,000

Media Release: Each Aussie Household Taxed $100 To Give Every Auto Worker $135,000 *The Commonwealth Government today announced a further $900 million in taxpayer subsidies to car manufacturers in Australia *There are an estimated 9 million households in Australia (SOURCE: ABS Family Facts & Figures) meaning this scheme will cost each household $100 *Data received by the ATA shows 6,600 people are directly employed in car manufacturing plants in Australia (2,900 in its plants, Toyota 2,500 and Ford 1,200) meaning today’s subsidy is equal to over $135,000 a ...

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2015 FOUNDATIONS OF LIBERTY & FREE MARKET ECONOMICS APPLICATIONS OPEN!

It is with great great pleasure that the Australian Taxpayers' Alliance can announce that we will be running our hugely-successful "Foundations of Liberty & Free Market Economics" in Semester 1 of 2015 in Melbourne and Brisbane! It is a simple fact that Australian universities teach a biased version of political economy that promotes big government and failed Keynesian policies. This is why we launched a comprehensive education program to equip students with the intellectual tools to understand the fundamental of good economics, and to be able to combat the ...

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How to Communicate Liberty Effectively

Austen Erickson, Director of Operations for the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, delivered the following talk to the 2013 Mises Conference on how to communicate liberty most effectively you may find interesting:  

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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: “How much additional tax revenue can the government generate by increasing ...

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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 welfare. Our economy is already being held back by big government. So spending cuts are desperately needed. ...

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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 they ...

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