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"The tax fix" /

by Dixon, Daryl.

Publisher: 1991Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

"Twin deficits" and the Australian models: comments on a conference. /

by Pagan, Adrian.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australian National University 1990Description: p. 21-41. Bibliography p. 34-35.Notes: Contained in 'Revised papers from the conference Fiscal Policy and the Current Account' with Nguyen / Fiscal Policy and the Current Account. Revised paper from the conference: Fiscal policy and the current account indexed chapterAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia National Audit Office /

by Australia National Audit Office.

Publisher: 2002Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Australia's fiscal straightjacket : eight myths about tax and public debt which are holding us back /

by Argy, Fred | Centre for Policy Development (CPD).

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Centre for Policy Development 2007Description: PDF.Other title: Centre for Policy Development. Occasional paper ; no. 4.Summary: The Howard Government and Rudd's Labor opposition have both embraced the notion that in general tax rates and public debt levels should not increase. This fiscal strategy is lazy and timid policy, not good governance. It is impeding the Government?s capacity to meet the nation?s infrastructure needs, forcing it to adopt financing options that are economically less efficient and denying Australians a genuine, well informed choice on the appropriate balance between public and private goods. The fiscal straightjacket is based on several myths about the impact of taxation and government borrowing.Availability: No items available

Building the Education Revolution Implementation Taskforce : first report /

by Australia. Building the Education Revolution Implementation askforce.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Commonwealth of Australia 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2010 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The primary goal of the BER program was to underpin economic activity in the construction sector through a period of significant global uncertainty. Effective monetary policy, strong commodity prices, continued growth in China and the Commonwealth's fiscal stimulus program all acted in concert to economically shield Australia from the global financial crisis. The Taskforce considers BER made a material contribution to economic growth especially in its first year. It is projected to support approximately 120,000 jobs over the full life of the program, filling a gap left in demand from the private sector and playing an important role in supporting apprentices and skill retention in the building and construction industry. The Commonwealth established the BER Implementation Taskforce (the Taskforce) in May 2010 to receive, investigate and respond to complaints about the Program, with a focus on examining whether schools and education authorities are achieving value for money from their BER projects. The Taskforce was asked to make recommendations to the Commonwealth about any changes to the Program policy, contracts or projects it thinks could improve the remaining delivery of school buildings and refurbishments.Availability: (1)

Consumer direction and choice in long-term care for older persons, including payments for informal care : how can it help improve care outcomes, employment and fiscal sustainability? /

by Lundsgaard, Jens | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2005Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Credit crises and the shortcomings of traditional policy responses /

by White, William R | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD Publishing 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 971Summary: "Economic downturns which have their roots in preceding credit excesses and debt overhang have tended historically to be long lasting, whether the financial sector remained healthy or not. There are no good reasons to believe the current global crisis will be any different. Moreover, it is argued in this paper that the policy responses to the crisis to date, both macroeconomic and structural, will not succeed in restoring sustainable growth. Monetary and fiscal stimulus might raise aggregate demand in the short run, but they contribute to higher debt levels which are already working increasingly in the opposite direction. Structural policies intended to maintain pre crisis production patterns, both in the financial and industrial sectors, ignore the unsustainability of those structures in the first place. Alternative policies are needed to meet the G 20's goal of "strong, sustainable and balanced growth". They include more international cooperation between creditor and debtor countries (on both exchange rates and production structures), more recourse to explicit debt restructuring (for both households and sovereigns), and structural polices to raise potential growth and make debts more sustainable. Unfortunately, there remain formidable practical and political obstacles to pursuing such policies. Future debt crises of the current magnitude could be avoided by using monetary, macro prudential and fiscal policies more symmetrically over the business cycle. Relative to past behaviour, this would imply more vigorous resistance to credit financed upswings, and a greater willingness to accept the cleansing effect of minor downswings. Policies to ensure financial stability are important but secondary." -- OECD LibraryAvailability: (1)

Driving a green economy through public finance and fiscal policy reform : working paper /

by United Nations Environment Programme.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland United Nations Environment Programme 2010Description: PDF.Other title: Green economy working paper ; vol. 1.0.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography pp. 31-32Summary: A green economy (GE) can be defined as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. A GE is characterized by substantially increased investments in economic sectors that build on and enhance the Earth's natural capital or reduce ecological scarcities and environmental risks. These sectors include renewable energy, low-carbon transport, energy-efficient buildings, clean technologies, improved waste management, improved freshwater provision, sustainable agriculture and forest management, and sustainable fisheries. These investments are driven or supported by national policy reforms and the development of international policy and market infrastructure.Availability: (1)

Environmental policy and the economic downturn /

by Bowen, Alex | Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy | Stern, Nicholas.

Publisher: London, U.K. 2010Description: 29 p.Other title: Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy working paper.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2010Summary: This paper considers how environmental policies should respond to macroeconomic downturns. It first explores the implications of the global economic downturn of 2008-09 for environmental policies, focusing in particular on the example of action against climate change. The arguments for and against activist fiscal policies in general are then reviewed, and the case made that a demand-induced downturn provides a very good opportunity to undertake a necessary step change in the public spending component of environmental policies and to start working through a backlog of public investment to improve the environment. Fiscal policy should be used to improve the allocation of resources across time and space. Recent fiscal stimuli are considered in the light of this discussion. It is also argued that there is little cause to delay the introduction of price signals to internalize environmental externalities. But the levels at which such signals should be set requires careful analysis; changes over the business cycle may be warranted, depending on the nature of the environmental externality and the cause(s) of the business cycle in question.Availability: (1)

Europe's new fiscal rules /

by Barnes, Sebastian | Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Davidsson, David | Rawdanowicz, ukasz.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD Publishing 2012Description: PDF, 30 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: "OECD Economics Department Working Papers No. 972"Summary: "Europe is putting in place a new system of fiscal rules following the euro area sovereign debt crisis and decades of rising government to debt-to-GDP ratios. These include the so-called ?six pack? to upgrade the Stability and Growth Pact to a new Treaty incorporating the ?fiscal compact?. Much of the discussion about the new rules has been procedural or theoretical. This paper shows what the rules will mean in practice under a realistic medium term scenario developed by the OECD. In the short term, fiscal consolidation will largely be driven by the current wave of Excessive Deficit Procedures. Only once these commitments are fulfilled will the new system of rules come into action. Although the rules are complex, the central pillar of the new fiscal rules will be the requirement to balance budgets in structural terms. These imply a tight fiscal stance over the coming years for many European countries by comparison with the performance achieved in past decades: almost all countries will have to be as disciplined as the few countries that managed to make meaningful progress in tackling high debt levels in the past. A further tightening of budgetary Medium-Term Objectives is likely in 2012, which will in many cases make the required fiscal stance even tighter. Over the very long term, the rules imply very low levels of debt. The requirements can thus not be considered to be a permanent approach. The methodology to calculate the structural balance has a number of weaknesses and discretion will be needed in implementing the rules." -- PaperAvailability: (1)

How big was the effect of budget consolidation on the Australian economy in the 1990s? /

by Song, Lei Lei | University of Melbourne. Melbourne Institute of Applied conomic and Social Research | Freebairn, John.

Publisher: [Parkville, Vic.] Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research 2004Description: 26 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 24-26) November 2004Availability: No items available

How much did the 2009 fiscal stimulus boost spending? /

by Leigh, Andrew.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Australian National University 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it. ; Forty percent of households who said that they received the payment reported having spent it - approximately twice the spending rate recorded in surveys assessing the 2001 and 2008 tax rebates in the US, according to this report. ; Using an approach for converting spending rates into an aggregate marginal propensity to consume (MPC), this is consistent with an aggregate MPC of 0.41-0.42. Since this estimate is based only on first-quarter spending, it may be an underestimate of the longer-run impact of the package on consumer expenditure.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

OECD Economic Surveys : Australia /

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France OECD 1972 -Description: Various volumes.Online Access: Website Notes: Annual series publication 1999-2000 ; 2000-2001 ; 2003-2004 ; 2004 ; 2006 ; 2008 ; 2010 ; 2012 ; 2014 ; 2017 ; 2018 ; 2021 Publications also available to read online. Summary: OECD’s periodic surveys of the Australian economy. Each edition surveys the major challenges faced by the country, evaluates the short-term outlook, and makes specific policy recommendations. Special chapters take a more detailed look at specific challenges. Extensive statistical information is included in charts and graphs. [Publisher website]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (10).

One year on from the crisis : economic and social policy challenges for Australia /

by Rudd, Kevin | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Office of the Prime Minister 2009Description: 19 p. PDF.Other title: Sambell Oration address to the Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: 15 October 2009 Summary: The Commonwealth government had just one clear goal: to do everything we could to cushion our economy from the full impact of a global economic cyclone by saving and supporting the jobs of working families around Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Reforming Australia : new policies for a new generation. /

by Dawkins, Peter (ed.) | Steketee, Mike (ed.).

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press 2004Description: xviii, 170 p. : ill.Notes: Forward by Paul Kelly. This book is based upon the November 2003 Economic and Social Outlook Conference, Pursuing Opportunity and Prosperity held at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: 1. Introduction / Mike Steketee and Peter Dawkins -- 2. The intergenerational debate / Peter Dawkins -- 3. From Welfare to work / Mike Steketee -- 4. Work and family / Mark Wooden -- 5. Indigenous development / George Megalogenis -- 6. Education and innovation / Peter Dawkins -- 7. Health policy / John Freebairn -- 8. Trade liberalisation and the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement / Sisira Jayasuriya / Future directions for competition policy / Stephen King -- 10. The budget constraint / Alan Wood -- 11. Conclusions / Peter Dawkins and Mike Steketee.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Riding the roller-coaster : the role of fiscal policy in avoiding and easing recessions : proceedings of an expert seminar

by Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. Australian Council of Social Service 2001Description: 72 p.Notes: September 2001Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Structural fiscal targeting and good governance /

by Argy, Fred.

Publisher: Graduate Program in Public Policy. Australian National University 2001Description: 33p., 7p.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: This paper examines whether the particular structural fiscal targets, currently used in Australia, and the setting of medium-term targets for taxation, government borrowing, spending and regulation, are consistent with 'good governance'.Availability: (1)

The balance between equity and efficiency in Australian public policy. /

by Argy, Fred.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Graduate Program in Public Policy, Australian National University [1996]Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Graduate Program in Public Policy, Australian National University Paper delivered to 25th Annual Conference of Economists, September 1996.Availability: (1)

The impact of the GST package on Commonwealth-State relations. /

by Collins, D.J.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. Australian Tax Research Foundation 2000Description: 73 p.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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