The Australia Institute is one of the country’s most influential public policy think tanks. Based in Canberra, we conduct high impact research that combines rigorous fact-driven material with cutting-edge communication strategies.
Climate change is making natural disasters like fires, floods, heatwaves and drought more frequent and more extreme. The Australia Institute is proposing a National Climate Disaster Fund, funded by a levy of $1 per tonne of all coal gas and oil produced in Australia to help pay for some of the increasing costs of these climate disasters.
Australians want advertising to be truthful and transparent. Regulating the truth is not impossible. But we face an upcoming federal election in which fake news and misleading claims about political opponents will only further erode trust in government.
Tax is the price we pay to live in a civilised society, but in contemporary Australia, we rarely ask how much civilisation we would like to buy. We need to talk about tax, and the best way to collect it.