Productivity Commission Report: A Call For Lower Regulations

A draft report from the Productivity Commission makes the case that farm businesses are currently under a vast array of regulations and that governments could reduce the regulatory burden on farms in a number of ways. According to Michael Potter from the CIS, it makes key arguments against the ban on GMO's and foreign shipping, while calling for less restrictions on foreign investment and reducing the monopoly of marketing regulations. It makes landmark assessments by "confirming yet again that foreign ownership of farm land won’t endanger Australia’s food ...

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Productivity Commission: $15 BILLION wasted on corporate welfare

The widely-respected Productivity Commission has delivered a scathing assessment of the Federal Governments' $50 billion submarine contract and a new trend for massive amounts of corporate welfare: The Australian Financial Review reports: More than four decades of success in lowering tariffs and curbing taxpayer-funded industry featherbedding looks set to be cast aside because of the Turnbull government's decision to build $50 billion worth of submarines in South Australia, the Productivity Commission has warned. In a scathing analysis by the government's ...

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Fundamentals of Sound Economics INTENSIVE in Sydney!

It is with great great pleasure that the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance can announce that we will be running a special two day intensive in Sydney with two of Australia's leading economists, Professor Sinclair Davidson and Professor Jason Potts from RMIT University, on the fundamentals of free market economics! This shall be held in Sydney on September 10-11 UPDATE: This date is being revised due to the NSW Local Government election It is a simple fact that Australian universities teach a biased version of political economy that promotes big government and failed ...

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The Unexpected Cost of Wind Power

By Celeste Arenas South Australia has the highest electricity bills, the highest unemployment, the highest amount of disconnections. This is apparently no coincidence, thank to the counter-productive capacity of wind power. Known to “draw more power out than they bring in” shows just how “unreliable and ­intermittent wind power is for a state with a renewable ­energy mix of more than 40%.” This has led to a massive unprecedented price surge in the cost of electricity, going as high as $1000 per megawatt in an hour to even $14,000 per megawattsin an ...

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Media Release: Landmark Report Confirm’s ATA’s Stance on Taxi Subsidies

A landmark report released today by Professor Richard Holden, Professor of Economics at UNSW Australian Business School, into the taxi and ridesharing industries concluded there was no economic case for taxpayer compensation of perpetual licence holders. The report further noted that was any compensation to be paid, it should be paid from consolidated revenue and not any new levy which would 'delay the benefits of reform'. “This report conclusively confirms the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance position that consumers and taxpayers should not foot the bill to bail out ...

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The Folly of Plain Packaging: Tim Andrews

Cody Findlay discusses some of the points made in ATA Executive Director Tim Andrews’ speech on plain packaging: including its policy failures, contempt for free speech and for intellectual property rights. Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, recently made a conclusive speech about tobacco plain packaging; its policy failures and its total disregard for intellectual property rights. At the heart of plain packaging requirements is a fundamental issue of the restriction of free speech in society. Tim highlights that through plain ...

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Perth ATA Event: Liberty & The West!

With ever increasing threats to freedom around the world, The Australian Taxpayers' Alliance in conjunction with Australia and New Zealand Students For Liberty, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, the Australian Libertarian Society and Liberty on the Rocks Perth, would like to invite you to an evening celebrating the things that made the west great: individual liberty, free markets, freedom of speech & the rule of law! With so many groups joining together, this is sure to be one of the biggest and best pro-liberty gatherings in Perth this year, and is a must for ...

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Net payers, net receivers and ‘hand outs’

Some people treat tax cuts for the rich as though they were 'hand outs'. This is not an accurate characterisation. It all comes down to what vision of society you subscribe to. Are the things people make theirs to begin with? Or are they collectively owned by default? Consider the amount of taxation people pay, and the amount they receive back in government benefits. From ABS 6537.0 - Government Benefits, Taxes and Household Income, Australia, 2009-10 (latest issue: 29/06/2012). See this graph: 'Final income' in this case includes transfers and benefits paid ...

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Some people treat tax cuts for the rich as though they were 'hand outs'. This is not an accurate characterisation. It all comes down to what vision of society you subscribe to. Are the things people make theirs to begin with? Or are they collectively owned by default? Consider the amount of taxation people pay, and the amount they receive back in government benefits. From ABS 6537.0 - Government Benefits, Taxes and Household Income, Australia, 2009-10 (latest issue: 29/06/2012). See this graph: 'Final income' in this case includes transfers and benefits paid ...

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Poverty Shrinks As Capitalism Grows

Cody Findlay explains why the world is getting less poor with free market institutions. In a recent article by Reason they outline the vast improvements in standards of living of the worlds’ poorest people. Despite the media constantly painting a doomsday picture of the world’s current state and path into the future, there is a lot of hope to gain from this article with a few basic statistics. Extreme poverty is defined as living off about $1.90 a day or less. The rate of extreme poverty in the world in 1990 was 37% of the entire world’s population. Since ...

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