Tag Archives: Commission of Audit

IAN MARSH. Our political system is in gridlock.

Longer term policy making in Australia. Longer term policy making in Australia is in a parlous state. The scale and significance of this problem is totally unrecognised. For example, since 1996 almost no contested measure that required legislative approval has … Continue reading

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John Menadue. ‘We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem’.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has been expounding the above philosophy of his for months. But he couldn’t be more wrong. Unfortunately the Secretary of Treasury has now followed up with nonsense that Australia should have a ceiling of 25% of GDP … Continue reading

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John Menadue. What has the government done for us?

Repost from 25/02/2015 Many will recall in the Monty Python film, the Life of Brian, an anti-Roman revolutionary played by John Cleese, but who reminds me of Joe Hockey, asks rhetorically about the Romans, ‘What have they ever given us?’  … Continue reading

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Chris Bonnor. The education gap is widening.

A repost in case you missed this important article by Chris Bonnor.  John Menadue   It appears we are going to have yet another tilt at reforming federalism. The persistent overlap between the Commonwealth and states in school education is … Continue reading

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Turning the federation clock back to 1901.

The Commission of Audit has made many unhelpful suggestions about budgetary and economic issues. It seems to have been driven more by ideology than fact.  See my blog of May 1 2014 “The Commission of Audit and facing the wrong … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Part 5. Federalism

The Government’s Commission of Audit, which preceded this Budget, recommended that policy and service delivery should as far as practicable be the responsibility of the level of government closest to the people receiving those services, and that each level of … Continue reading

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Michael Keating. Part 4. Long-term Fiscal and Social Sustainability and Taxation

Fundamentally there is a problem with the rhetoric from the government and its cohorts such as the Commission of Audit. They insist on describing taxation as a ‘burden’ that should be lightened at every opportunity; thus implying that taxation is … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The Commission of Audit and facing the wrong way.

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have been leaking confusing stories in the lead-up to the budget. A consistent theme however is that they must take tough action because of all the problems left by the previous government. They also need … Continue reading

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