Union rackets a cause for concern

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  “Third-line forcing” gives rise to all sorts of policy concerns. It can restrict consumer choice and undermine competitive markets; it raises questions around secret commissions and kickbacks. The Competition and Consumer Act currently bans it outright in most contexts. … Continued

Simplifying tax system is complex

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  When did tax reform become about raising more revenue? Since the budget, various interest groups have sought to position the Federal Government’s upcoming white paper process on tax reform as an opportunity to increase the tax burden, whether through … Continued

Repair weak super foundations

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If you knew there were weaknesses in the foundations for a building, would you make sure the foundations could be fixed and repair them before increasing its size by over 25 per cent? Of course you would.   And any sensible … Continued

Rules too complex for busy mums

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  What is holding back mothers who want to from re-entering the workforce or working extra days after having children? Ask most Australians, and the most likely answer you’ll get is childcare.  Or, to be more specific, the availability of … Continued

The simplistic chant of fairness

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  In George Orwell’s seminal classic Animal Farm the popular chant “Four legs good, two legs bad” highlights the dangers of groupthink and how popular statements that go unchallenged can become the new orthodoxy. Today’s chant is all about “fairness”. … Continued