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Grattan Institute’s Case for Sugar Tax Is Not Proven

In a recent paper from the Grattan Institute, A sugary drinks tax: Recovering the community costs of obesity, Report No. 2016-15, Stephen Duckett and Hal… Read More ›

Why American Infrastructure Gets a “D+” and What Can be Done

President Trump is working to rebuild America’s infrastructure. At least, he is talking about it. A February 28, 2017, White House press release reiterated the… Read More ›

The Use of the Survey Instrument in a Legislative Budget Office Context

It has been previously noted that there are inherent challenges in measuring the effectiveness of Legislative Budget Offices (LBO). Although it is clear that they… Read More ›

Will Cars Go Green under the ACT’s Reformed Vehicle Purchase Tax?

The Australian Government is reviewing its climate policies during 2017 to ensure that they, “remain effective in achieving Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments”.… Read More ›

Is Treasury Still Too Optimistic About Revenue?

In 1651 the philosopher Thomas Hobbes warned that a nation’s sovereign needs a reliable stream of taxation revenue. Without properly funded law and order there… Read More ›