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May042017

[PRESS RELEASE] Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

[PRESS RELEASE] Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

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Gonski revisited: Making the education dollar work harder for our kids

Thursday 4 May, 2017

The billions of taxpayers dollars spent on schools since the original 2012 Gonski Review would have been better targeted at improving teaching standards and directly assisting disadvantaged families, according to a new paper by an influential policy think tank.

The position paper published today (4 May), Gonski …

Apr112017

Companies urged to take the fight to social media activists

Original article by Glenda Korporaal in The Australian:

Australian business must learn how to fight back against social activist groups such as GetUp and the Stop Adani coalmine groups, Menzies Institute’s ­Enterprise Policy Unit director Andrew Bragg said yesterday.

“The anti-business forces are becoming increasingly adept at creating campaign organisations,” Mr Bragg told The Australian after anti-coalmining activists disrupted Westpac’s 200th …

Apr052017

Robb tells business to gets its act together

Original article by Jennifer Hewitt in the Australian Financial Review:

Andrew Robb is clearly not content to have his later career defined as the Federal minister who negotiated three momentous trade deals with China, Korea and Japan.

He wants to see those trade deals deliver on their potential. And right now, he's sounding rather impatient at how long it is taking most Australian businesses to take advantage of those deals – particularly in the services sector.

He …

Mar302017

Andrew Bragg: A company tax will fuel growth, jobs

Andrew Bragg writes in The Herald Sun:

AUSTRALIA’S Senate can stop us hurtling towards a poorer ­future as it votes on legislation to cut our company tax rate from 30 to 25 per cent by 2025.

There are three reasons the cut must go to all companies in full.

First, “big business” is a myth and all companies should get a tax cut as companies are owned by people. It is not a “give way to big banks and foreigners” as the Opposition Leader says.

In …

Mar302017

Shepherd Review: we’re spending like there’s no tomorrow

Tony Shepherd and Geoffrey Winters writes in The Australian:

Future generations of Australians will pay the price for today’s political inaction if we do not take a close look at our settings and prioritise a sustainable future for all over entitlement for the few.

If we do not take action it will be the most vulnerable people in our society who suffer the most, and we would have failed to live up to the promise of a fair and just society that protects and lifts up the …

Mar302017

There is no time for populism in Australia

Tony Shepherd and Andrew Bragg writes in the  Australian Financial Review:

Australia's history is replete with good and bad examples of how to run public policy.

We have tried protectionism, we have tried state ownership, we have tried high taxes and centrally set wages and conditions.

Today we must choose again between good and bad.

The Senate is now a significant arbiter of policy. It is increasingly unpredictable and at times is driven by short-term …

Mar292017

Tony Shepherd confronts our political failure

Original article from the Australian Financial Review:

The Shepherd Review, led by former Business Council of Australia president Tony Shepherd rightly casts the net more widely than the ill-fated 2014 National Commission of Audit he chaired for the Abbott government. The audit commission focused on the scope and efficiency of the federal government as part of its plan to get on top Labor's legacy of budget deficits. In contrast, the Shepherd Review is cast as a …

Mar272017

Abbott auditor renews attack on welfare and debt

Original article by Tom Minear in the Herald Sun

WELFARE payments must be slashed and simplified and the nation’s debt needs to be paid back, according to the man who spearheaded a savage audit for former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Prominent businessman Tony Shepherd will today release a “statement of national challenges”, produced by the Menzies Research Centre, on why Australians are “struggling to get ahead”.

The report follows Mr Shepherd’s work on the …

Mar272017

Challenges Facing The Nation

MRC Director and Chairman of the Shepherd Review Tony Shepherd AO spoke with Ben Fordham on 2GB today on what we need to do to face the nation's challenges.

Listen below:

Mar272017

Australia's 'forgotten people' falling behind

Original article by AAP via Sky News online

Australia's 'forgotten people' are failing to benefit from the nation's economic growth and risk falling further behind if drastic action isn't taken, a new report warns.

Prominent businessman Tony Shepherd is spearheading a review into shoring up Australia's future through incentivising taxes, accountable government, affordable energy, open trade and an imaginative and creative market.

'Change can only be achieved if the …

Mar272017

Unless the Federal government cuts spending, the budget will stay in deficit forever according to Tony Shepherd

Click here to listen to Tony Shepherd's interview with Tom Elliot on 3AW

Unless the Federal government cuts spending, the budget will stay in deficit forever, according to prominent businessman, Tony Shepherd.

Speaking on 3AW Drive, Mr Shepherd said Australia needs to get the budget on more sustainable footing and reduce its collective dependence on welfare.

"The bottom line is it's the welfare payments...we have to try and get that expenditure …

Mar272017

Aust economy risks 'genuine crisis': report

Tony Shepherd speaking on Sky News (click below)

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Prominent businessman Tony Shepherd warns the Australian economy risks a 'genuine crisis', although he won't go as far as calling it a 'banana republic' as Paul Keating once did.

But he does believe Treasury's assumptions for a balanced budget by 2021 are 'heroic' because they rely on the maintenance of an expanding economy and the Senate passing measures to support fiscal consolidation.

Mr Shepherd is spearheading a …

Mar272017

Australia could be crippled by pension spending, says Tony Abbott audit chief

Original article by Peter Martin in the Sydney Morning Herald

Australia runs the risk of becoming the new Japan, "crippled by pension spending" unless it winds back the entitlements of a swelling aged population.

Business figure Tony Shepherd, who chaired the Commission of Audit for the incoming Abbott government, raises the prospect in the first of three studies intended to update the commission's work for the Liberal Party-aligned Menzies Research Centre.

The …

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