Scrap The Failed Mining Tax!

By on 23 July 2014

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 unless the Senate acts to repeal the failed Mining Tax.

Already, since the introduction of the mining tax, mining profitability has been rapidly falling, and if we don’t act fast, international competition for resources investment dollars  projects will head overseas, costing jobs, and hurting our whole economy.

This is a tax that has totally failed to meet its revenue targets – in the first 3 months, it didn’t even raise a cent, while still costing companies millions in compliance costs . Treasury Modelling has shown that the senate’s refusal to scrap the mining tax will cost a whopping $17 billion , and even Secretary of the Treasury Martin Parkinson has admitted the benefits to be ‘illusory‘.

The mining sector already had a higher effective marginal tax rate than other industries,  and the Australian mining industry paid $21 billion in company tax and royalties in 2011-12 alone

Bill Shorten has claimed “I believe in mining, and I want mining to prosper.” It’s time for him to honour his word.

Join our campaign and contact your MP and Senators and DEMAND an end to this failed tax!

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The Carbon Tax Is History!

But so much more to do... By on 17 July 2014

Today is a great day for Australia: the unnecessary, destructive tax on carbon dioxide has finally been repealed!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 up.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance was formed out of the Stop Gillards Carbon Tax Campaign. We organised rallies and speakers, distributed materials, meeting politicians (and bombarding them with emails!)  – and even once arranged for a skywriter! But most importantly, it was our tens of thousands of members who helped make a difference. From attending a protest, to writing to politicians, to something as simply as passing the truth on in conversation with their friends, every little bit counted.

But make no mistake: this is far from over. The destructive Renewable Energy Target remains on the books, pushing up prices and hurting families and businesses.  Millions and millions of taxpayer dollars remain wasted on ‘green subsidies’, and green tape keeps choking our businesses.

Earlier today, the multi-million dollar far-left GetUp!, in conjunction with Greenpeace, The Wilderness Society, Unions, and other radicals launched a new big-money campaign to turn back the clock and bring us back into the dark ages. They will stop at nothing. And we should always be on guard. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

With your help, we will continue to defend today’s achievement and ensure that leftist elites will not be able to buy their way to victory. And we will fight to ensure today’s achievement

Next week we will be launching a new campaign to abolish the Renewal Energy Target.

But we need your help to do it. Unlike GetUp!, we don’t get millions of dollars. Almost all our funding comes from $25, $50, or $100 donations from ordinary Australians.

If you believe in defending today’s achievement, and moving forward to abolish the Renewal Energy Target and green subsidies, click HERE to make that a reality.

This is not the only challenge we face. An obstructionist senate opposed to cuts in wasteful spending, a media that cheerleads for the far left, and a government at at times seems too timid to do the right thing, are all challenges we face.

But the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance will always be here fighting for what is right.

Once again, I would like to thank you for all your hard work and effort, without which none of this would have been possible.

Today, we took the first step to reclaiming Australia. Working together, let us take many more.

Ross Cameron & Dr Julie Novak to Join Our Board of Advisers

By on 16 July 2014

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!

1345683817_image_lg_jnovak-new1Dr 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 Treasury and Productivity Commission. Julie was also previously advisor to the Queensland Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Her opinion pieces have been published in The Australian, Australian Financial Review, The Age, and the Courier Mail, on issues ranging from state public finances to social services reform. Her PhD was awarded from RMIT for her research into the growth of government and how that impacts on economic growth. Julie has also been a prolific contributor to Policy Journal, The Drum, Online Opinion, The Punch, and of course the award-winning IPA Review. You can follow Julie on Twitter @JulieKNovak.

 

Ross-Cameron_SmallRoss Cameron: Ross was the Liberal Member for Paramatta from 1996 to 2004, and he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family and Community Services and then as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, where he was known for his passionate pursuit of cutting spending and taxation.

After politics, Ross worked as a Senior Consultant for Macquarie Bank and has since pursued several business interests as well as being a regular opinion writer for Fairfax Digital and The Australian. More recently, Ross has become a regular face on Sky News — appearing regularly on Paul Murray Live (Monday nights 9-10pm), PM Agenda (Thursdays 1:30pm) and on Contrarians (Fridays 4-6pm).

Income Contingent Loans (ICL) preferable to Paid Parental Leave?

By on 7 July 2014

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 a cap of $100,000 for up to 26 weeks. This policy would dramatically increase government outlays on statutory PPL by over $3 billion by 2016–17.

This report describes how an Income Contingent Loans (ICL) scheme could be used to provide wage replacement paid parental leave for Australian parents. This scheme would provide the same social benefits that the current statutory PPL provides and meet the gender equity objectives of the Coalition’s proposal.

In contrast to the current and proposed statutory PPL policy, a PPL loans scheme would align the costs of PPL payments with those who benefit from them.

The proposed PPL loans scheme is modelled using representative data on Australian families with young children from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey and the distributional implications compared with current and proposed PPL policy.

While the best outcome remains getting the government out of this field, and instead addressing any underlying issues of public policy with tax and regulatory reform, this is certainly considerably preferable to the Coalitions proposal and we hope that it is seriously considered by the Coalition.

 

 

Violence Against Women: Australia Says No!

By on 17 May 2014

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 should be safe for all women, whoever they are.

Join our campaign to make our campuses safe for all women, by using the form below to send an email to Sydney Uni’s Vice-Chancellor, the USU and SRC Presidents, and cc the Minister for Education, demanding a full investigation, and the resignation of all elected office bearers immediately.

(Note: If you are a current student, or alumni of, the University of Sydney, please feel free to incorporate this into the pro-forma message)

Note: The preceding campaign has been created by a group of concerned NSW university students, and is not an official campaign of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Update: the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation has issued the following statement.

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