Op-eds Tag

01 Apr Save taxes by harnessing status quo bias

James Paterson -- Australian Financial Review -- 1 April 2018   Tomorrow Josh Frydenberg will hand down the first surplus budget since Peter Costello was treasurer. The road back to surplus has been too hard and too long. Putting in place default budget settings that are taxpayer-friendly...

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14 Jan Superannuation system must not punish the young

James Paterson -- The Australian Financial Review -- 14 January 2019   Young Australians are poorly served by a superannuation system that shamefully favours the interests of providers over consumers. That's why the Productivity Commission's call for reform is so compelling. Like many young people, I worked a...

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01 Oct The rising cost of ‘free’ speech

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 1 October 2018   Free speech shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag. The practice of charging event organisers for the cost of ensuring their own safety risks stifling debate and providing an incentive for threats of violence. Last week, University of...

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01 Oct Like rust, Red tape never sleeps

James Paterson -- Australian Financial Review -- 1 October 2018   The battle against red tape is never ending. It requires eternal vigilance and creative thinking from governments determined to keep it at bay. Australia's 27 years of continuous economic growth is one testament to the relative competitiveness...

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09 Jul The grand auto theft should stop

James Paterson -- The Australian Financial Review -- 9 July 2018   The next domino to fall in the Turnbull government's tax-reduction agenda should be to end outdated taxes on motor vehicles. Many Australians would be surprised to learn they are still paying over $1.1 billion in taxes each...

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18 Jun Tie university funding to freedoms

James Paterson -- The Australian -- 18 June 2018   The Australian National University’s decision to cancel plans for a bachelor of Western civilisation has highlighted the rampant anti-Western bias that exists at many Australian universities. But the administration’s decision to cave in to internal pressure should have...

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01 Jun Move with the times

James Paterson -- Daily Telegraph -- 1 June, 2018   The emergence of the gig economy has provided enormous benefits to millions of Australians - but this transformative 21st-century industry is now under attack from a collection of unionists and far-left politicians. The latest threat comes from Greens...

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