This paper attempts to critically examine proposals to cut company tax rates by looking at the circumstances of some of the main company tax-payers, namely the top 15 listed companies in Australia. The conclusion is that none of these companies are likely to significantly change their behaviour as a result of any cut in company tax.
Recent Australian Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) over promise and under deliver.
Analysis by The Australia Institute of FTAs past and proposed reveals that claims of job creation and economic growth contradict available data.
The benefits of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are being promoted as Australia considers one agreement with China and another with 12 countries in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). However, analysis and experience shows that FTAs over promise and under deliver.
Homeshare programs match older householders who live alone with younger homesharers. Homesharers live with householders rent free and in return keep the householders company and perform ten hours per week of basic chores. Homeshare helps homesharers find accommodation, but more importantly helps older householders live independently in their own homes.
Australians overwhelmingly want to continue to live in our own homes as we get older. 82 per cent of survey respondents intend to stay in their own home for as long as possible. But this isn’t cheap; most Australians are ‘concerned’ or ‘very concerned’ that they cannot afford the care they need to stay in their homes.
First published in The Australian Financial Review - here.
If you think that world demand for coal is going to grow in the coming decades, then it makes sense to build the 50 new coal mines proposed for Australia.