The Australia Institute welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Inquiry on Corporate Tax Avoidance. The issue of tax avoidance by multinational companies has been a research focus of the Institute for some time. While issues of declining PRRT payments and low company tax payments are becoming widely known, particularly due to this committee’s work, another important part of public discussion is the claims by corporations that they are actually large tax payers.
The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy program has released the latest electricity update of its National Energy Emissions Audit.
The February 2018 electricity update reviews the performance of the South Australian 'big battery'.
Written by respected energy analyst Hugh Saddler, the Audit shows that Australia’s energy system is in transition, regardless of the political turmoil the change is creating.
The Australia Institute Tasmania has released a new report today which examines a proposal to fast-track the development of community-owned energy generators in Tasmania.
“Community owned renewable energy will deliver financial benefits for Tasmanian communities at the same time as helping improve energy security, ” said Dan Cass, the report’s author.
“Community owned energy is booming around the world, but Australia lags behind.
“Rural electric cooperatives serve an incredible 42 million Americans, with assets worth US$112 billion and employing 70,000 people.
Clean energy technology is becoming competitive with fossil fuels, globally. This provides the basis for a new strategic approach to solving the political aspect of the climate threat.
This is a speech given at 'Imagining a Different Future Conference', Hobart, on 8 February 2018, hosted by the University of Tasmania, the University of Utrecht Ethics Institute, the University of Tasmania's Institute for the Study of Social Change, the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science (IMAS).