Posts Tagged ‘tax’

Changing the conversation

Posted: 10:48 am on 6th March 2015

“If you don’t like what’s being said,” ad-man Don Draper once told a prospective client, “change the conversation.” Joe Hockey seems to be taking a leaf out of the Mad Men playbook. At your expense, of course. According to a recent Fairfax Media article, the Treasurer thinks the Australian public has insufficient reformist zeal. To counter this disastrous situation, he is about to embark on a $650,000 attempt to “convince people of the need”…

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What price for reaffirmation?

Posted: 10:48 am on 25th March 2014

The Australian Taxation Office is at it again. WasteWatch has previously brought to your attention the ATO’s desperate attempts to beat Leonardo DiCaprio to an Oscar. Now it seems they’re spending your money on ‘reaffirmation’. WasteWatch has uncovered a contract between the ATO and market research company Colmar Brunton worth nearly $35,000. The contract is for “concept testing research for the ATP/Project Wickenby joint advertising campaign”. Project Wickenby, set up…

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CIS Podcast ep 17 – week ending 16 August 2013

Posted: 7:32 pm on 16th August 2013

Episode 17 – produced for the week ending 16th of August 2013   Topics A special economic zone in Northern Australia Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook Egypt – autocracy, democracy and Islam with Trisha Jha and Ben Herscovitch   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS foreign policy expert Ben Herscovitch (in person!) to talk foreign policy, and Trisha Jha puts the election…

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CIS Podcast ep 16 – week ending 9 August 2013

Posted: 5:12 pm on 8th August 2013

Episode 16 – produced for the week ending 9th of August 2013   Topics Tax reform – smaller government means less taxation Week 1 of The Australian election in context with Robert Carling and Jeremy Sammut     Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by CIS taxation expert Robert Carling to talk about his latest report, and Jeremy Sammut puts the election into context. Topics…

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CIS Podcast ep 13 – week ending 19 July 2013

Posted: 11:37 am on 19th July 2013

Episode 13 – produced for the week ending 19th of July 2013   Topics The NBN – broadbanded scapegoats Fringe Benefits Tax – compliance and cars TARGET30 visits Perth with Andrew Baker and Jeremy Sammut   Subscribe via iTunes                                   Subscribe via RSS    This week on the CIS Podcast we are joined by podcast regulars Jeremy Sammut and Andrew Baker Topics Is Mike Quigley being made a scapegoat for the NBN – we discuss…

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$7.6m for two new govt funded think tanks

Posted: 2:57 pm on 15th May 2013

The 2013-14 Budget has new funding for not one but two new think tanks. The government is providing $4.6 million over four years to set up the Andrew Fisher Applied Policy Institute for Ageing.  Andrew Fisher was Prime Minister of Australia on three seperate occassions from 1908 to 1915, during which time the foundations of the Australian welfare state were established (namely the Age Pension and the Invalid Pension). While…

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