Government and Accountability
Conservation SA commissioned economic think tank The Australia Institute to examine more closely the Federal Government’s claims of an economic windfall for the communities under consideration for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) - the Flinders Ranges and Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula.
TAI examined the claimed economic benefits to regional communities associated with the establishment of the facility and found the government has exaggerated the benefits, and not properly factored in insurance costs and other risks.
by Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute.
Scott Morrison is set to make the same mistake as the Business Council of Australia on energy and climate policy. Equating emission reductions with higher prices gets the politics and economics wrong.
by Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director of The Australia Institute.
I really enjoy the blood sport of Australian federal politics but I consider it a benign vice on my part, to be discussed only among consenting adults, mostly fellow Canberrans and people on Twitter.
I confess I have watched the Liberal party implode this week with the zeal normal people would reserve for an AFL grand final or the last rose ceremony on The Bachelor.
The Australia Institute surveyed 1,557 Australians between 27 March and 7 April 2018 about which Commonwealth Ministers they recognised. Respondents could select any number of Ministers from a randomised list of the full cabinet, or “none of the above”.
The Australia Institute commissioned ReachTEL to conduct a survey of 1,093 residents across Western Australian households on the evening of 13th August 2018.
The Australia Institute made a submission to the Joint Committee on Law Enforcement inquiry into trade in elephant ivory and rhino horn. The proposal to ban domestic trade in ivory and rhino horn would likely bring relatively large benefits and small costs. Benefits would reinforce domestic bans in countries such as China, Hong Kong and the UK.
Any costs are likely to be borne by owners of certified items with some use value, such as musical instruments. These costs can be mitigated in several different ways.
The Australia Institute has released new analysis by Chief Economist Dr. Richard Denniss showing that the purported $150 price reduction likely to flow from the NEG will be rendered meaningless if the government proceeds with new policies to adjust future electricity supply via the so-called ‘NEG plus’.
“The NEG modelling concludes power prices will be lower largely because 'certainty' would see interest rates 3% lower for electricity sector investors,” said Dr. Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute.
New analysis by The Australia Institute shows that foreign investors will be the unambiguous winners of the big business company tax cut ($50+ million turnover).
“If the remaining company tax cuts now before the Senate are implemented the gift to foreign shareholders will be $3.7 billion in 2026-27, the year the tax cuts are fully phased in. For the decade beginning in 2026-27, this will be $45.4 billion,” said Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute.
“The big winners of the company tax cut are tax avoiders and foreign shareholders, and the results over the weekend show that voters have cottoned on that it’s the community who will lose out.
Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission to the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission.
This submission is informed by research through The Australia Institute and as a former employee of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). I was employed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and its predecessor, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission from 2005 until 2017. My last role with the MDBA was as Director of Environmental Water Policy from 2011. I spent six months on secondment with the Commonwealth Environment Water Office in late 2016 and early 2017. I am a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Charted Accountants.