by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Financial Review, 4 Feb 2019]
Few people think carbon pricing is as important as Tony Abbott does. Not only was repealing the carbon tax his biggest achievement as prime minister, nearly five years later, he still can't stop talking about it. Nothing would excite him more than the chance to repeal another carbon price one day.
Dividend imputation was introduced by the then Treasurer Paul Keating in 1987 with the aim of eliminating the so-called double taxation of company income.
New research from The Australia Institute estimates the cost of online harassment and cyberhate to have cost Australians an estimated total of $3.7 billion dollars in health costs and lost income.
The Australia Institute was commissioned by independent journalist and researcher Ginger Gorman to estimate the economic costs of online harassment and cyberhate. This report is part of a wider research by Ms Gorman on cyberhate. In April 2018, a nationally representative sample of 1,557 Australians were surveyed about online harassment and cyberhate. The poll was conducted online. Questions and details of poll method and adjustments to data are provided later in this report.
by Ebony Bennett
[Originally published in The Canberra Times, 26.01.19]
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and forcing 537 councils to conduct citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day. And it’s stinking hot.
by Richard Denniss
[Originally published in the Australian Finacial Review]
Some political parties are coping better with the social and technological transitions that are reshaping Australia than others. Just as Kodak couldn't adapt to the digital era and Nokia couldn't adapt to the smartphone era, it's not obvious that all of Australia's current political parties will survive the seismic shifts rocking the economy and the electorate.
Adelaide could experience nearly three times as many extreme heat days over 35 degrees by 2090, as well as 600% more days over 40 degrees, unless comprehensive action is undertaken to tackle global warming, according to new analysis from The Australia Institute’s HeatWatch initiative.
The report, from The Australia Institute’s Climate & Energy Program, uses CSRIO-BoM modelling to show how areas in and around Adelaide will get hotter, more regularly, if the government fails to act on reducing carbon emissions.