Help us raise $40,000 from $20,000; silencing dissent in Victoria; will household compo change behaviour?


Help us raise $40,000 from $20,000

donate Independent ideas can only come from independent funding, so last month we asked you to help fund such ideas by making a tax-deductible end of financial year donation to the Australia Institute.

In exciting news, the Institute has been offered a ‘Challenge Grant’ from a wonderfully generous supporter who is willing to give us $20,000 if we can match it.

So far, we have managed to raise $16,795.00 from supporters such as yourself. Thank you!

With only $3,205 left to go, we hope you can help us ‘get over the line’ to reach the $20,000 which will actually deliver us $40,000 and the opportunity to conduct even more ‘research that matters’.

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Silencing dissent in Victoria

Victorian Parliament In what appears to be an act of petty political recrimination, the new Victorian Coalition Government has slashed its funding for Environment Victoria, the state’s leading independent environment group. The recent state budget included no further funding for any of the programs that successive previous governments initiated, including money to help households become more energy- and water-efficient.

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Putting mining job losses into perspective

mining Job losses will always be an emotive issue, especially for the individuals involved. But while 23,510 might seem like a lot of jobs, is it really?

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Will household compensation change behaviour?

CO2The Government has struggled to sell its message that households will receive compensation under a carbon price. There has also been far too little explanation as to what a well-designed compensation scheme can achieve. It would seem that some politicians who aspire to being good economic managers do not seem to understand a simple, but counter-intuitive, lesson from first year economics: namely, it’s the relative price that matters.

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Recent publications

TAITAIHow many jobs is 23,510, really? Recasting the mining job loss debate, B Chapman and K Lounkaew, 6 June

On the wrong track: The case for abandoning the promised $7 billion subsidies to Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired power stations, R Denniss, 25 May

The rise and rise of online retail, B Irvine, D Richardson, J Fear and R Denniss, 24 May

Surplus fetish: The political economy of the surplus, deficit and debt, D Richardson, 9 May

Recent media

newspapers ‘Only tiny’ carbon tax effect on mining jobs, The Age, 6 June

$10b hiding in super overlap: thinktank, The Canberra Times, 7 June

The price of shopping online versus the shopping mall, Online Opinion, 27 May

Study questions level of carbon tax job losses, ABC The World Today, 6 June

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