Research project: Renewing Australian Federalism

Professor Miranda Stewart

Professor Miranda Stewart

Melbourne Law School and
Australian National University
Tax Still Elephant in (Budget) Room, The Conversation

Joe Hockey's first budget does not contain much tax reform, in spite of headlines on the "temporary budget repair levy". It does contain some very big cuts to spending in the short and longer term - consistent with Hockey’s claim that "the age of entitlement is over". But will this lead us to prosperity and opportunity? 

Professor Brian Galligan

Professor Brian Galligan

Faculty of Arts,
The University of Melbourne 
A Reformed Federation for Modern Australia, The Conversation

Making Australia's existing federal system work is challenging. Yet in a long-established system such as Australia's, starting completely afresh is not practicable. Improving the existing federal system is feasible: that requires attention to the principles sketched out in this article and political will on the part of the people and their leaders.

Dr Scott Brenton

Dr Scott Brenton

Faculty of Arts,
The University of Melbourne
Renewing federalism: increasing the GST will increase inequality, The Conversation

While many argue increasing or expanding the GST is the central fiscal reform required when it comes tackling the lopsided state-Commonwealth funding relationship, Scott Brenton argues that it will come at a cost to equality. Federalism and tax reform must be considered more broadly as debates about what sort of society we want to live in.

Professor John Freebairn

Professor John Freebairn

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Melbourne 
On 'Hard Budget Constraints', The Conversation

There are good reasons for the misalignment of state expenditures and taxation found in all federal systems. However, a 'hard budget constraint' could improve the responsibility and accountability of state expenditure and taxation choices. Creating this could require several reforms.

Professor Cheryl Saunders AO

Professor Cheryl Saunders AO

Melbourne Law School,
The University of Melbourne
Executive Power and Williams [No 2]Opinions on High

The High Court case that determined the outcome of the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program will impact the ambit of the Commonwealth's executive power, although revolutionse it. Sheryl Saunders discusses.

Professor Michael Crommelin AO

Professor Michael Crommelin AO

Melbourne Law School,
The University of Melbourne 
MRRT Survives - For Now, Opinions on High

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax Act 2012 has been surrounded by political and legal controversy throughout its short life. The High Court’s unanimous rejection of a recent constitutional challenge has resolved the legal controversy. Will the incoming Federal Government resolve the political controversy by repealing the Act?

Dr Hielke Buddelmeyer

Dr Hielke Buddelmeyer

Faculty of Business and Economics,
The University of Melbourne

Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University

Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria), Federalism Branch

  • Mr Justin Hanney
  • Mr Philip O'Meara
  • Mr David Burns
  • Mr Jason Tabarias

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