Green Tax Shift  +  No Population Growth  +  More Public Transport   +  Cost Effective Defence

About New Australia

We are an independent think tank that promotes cost-effective and environmentally sound policy solutions for Australia.

New Australia Policy Overview

Tax   The Green Tax Shift
  • Cut Payroll Tax (as per Henry Review)
  • $25,000 Tax Free Threshold (as per Henry Review)
  • Paid for by taxes on imports, pollution & waste.
  • Providing a greener economy with more jobs.
Environment   Saving the Biosphere
  • No population growth - for Australia or the World
  • Immediate action on climate, water & biodiversity
  • A Global Climate Tax Treaty to push carbon pricing.
  • Quickly turning around decades of neglect.
Energy   The Energy Revolution
  • A 30% MRET target
  • A 30 cents per kW/h feed in tariff for renewables.
  • More efficient vehicles
  • Made possible by shifting subsidies from fossil to renewable energy.
Transport   Rail not Road
  • More public transport - more freight by rail
  • Replace level crossings with road bridges
  • Federal control of transport
  • Made possible by shifting road funding to sustainable transport.
Defence   Cost Effective Self Defence
  • Self-reliant self-defence
  • Cost-effective fighter planes
  • Submarines not surface vessels
  • Better defence for Australia at a cheaper price.
Traffic   Free National Driver's Licence & Registration
  • Free national third-party insurance scheme
  • A balancing increase in fuel excise
  • Link Learner's permit eligibility to school performance
  • The more you drive, the more you pay.
Housing   First Home Buyer Apartments
  • 50,000 discount apartments for first home buyers per annum
  • Fire and flood resistant housing
  • Made possible by phasing out Negative Gearing for Property Speculators and the First Home Buyers grant.
Jobs   More Employment
  • Cut Payroll Tax
  • Lower Dollar
  • An Employment Bonus
  • For a strong, independent economy.
Health   Streamlined Public Health Services
  • State Control of all health services
  • Removing the buck-passing and blame-shifting between Federal and State governments.
Rural & 
Regional   Supporting Regional Australia
  • No tax on farm income!
  • New crops, new opportunities
  • Active decentralisation
  • Made possible by shifting tax on to pollution & water wastage.
Education   Better Public Education
  • Needs based funding
  • Free kinder
  • State control of education
  • Made possible by having more cost effective self defence.
Crime   Halving Crime
  • A 50 cent cap on poker machines
  • Controlled government sale of drugs to registered users
  • Volumetric taxing of alcohol
  • Slashing the harm done by gambling, alcohol and drugs.
Telecommunications    Telecommunications
  • Cutting back the $43 Billion Broadband roll out - it's too expensive
  • More robust systems to cope with disasters
  • No internet censorship
Ranjini    No life imprisonment without trial!
  • A fair trial for all imprisoned refugees - what are the charges?
  • Reasonable compensation for those found to have been falsely imprisoned

Monorails Australia Web site

Monorails Australia

This linked site is dedicated to promoting high capacity monorails as an urban transit solutions for Australian cities.

Recent Submissions

The Monorail Alternative

View East - West Monorail Submission

East - West Monorail Submission.

Green Hosting

Business Managed Democracy

Business Managed Democracy

An excellent web site by Professor Sharon Beder, University of Wollongong.

The World Clock

From www.PeterRussell.com. See also NewAustralia's Population and Defence Policies.


Green Energy News

Courtesy of Energy Matters




NEWS

UN calls for drastic action

13th Apr 2014: UN calls for drastic action to stop climate change. Article. Our Solutions.

IMF calls for carbon price

12th Apr 2014: Leaders of the IMF, World Bank and UN call on finance minister to use fiscal policy like carbon taxes to combat climate change. Article. Our Solutions.

FTA's sting in the tail

10th Apr 2014: Sharon Beder of Business Managed Democracy on the true purpose of "Free Trade" agreements. Article. Our Solutions.

New IPCC report

23rd Mar 2014: New IPCC report outlines major threats to Australia. Article. Our Solutions.

Private Health Costs

17th Mar 2014: Private health insurance drives up healthcare costs. Article. Our Solutions.

ALP under pressure on Climate

14th Mar 2014: Anti-rational climate deniers rattle Labor Article. Our Solutions.

Libs to slash MRET

17th Feb 2014: The Coalition appoints a climate sceptic to 'review' the MRET. Article. Our Solutions.

First-home buyers squeezed out further

13th Jan 2014: FHB's share of loans falls to record low of 12.3%. Article. Our Solutions.

Abolish PHIR

10th Jan 2014: Abolishing the private health insurance rebate could save the budget $3 billion a year. Article. Our Solutions.

Health rebate a waste?

24th Dec 2013: Little evidence that $5.4 billion health insuraqnce rebate works. Article. Our Solutions.

Australian Disease takes its toll

12th Dec 2013: David Llewellyn-Smith on the imminent death of Australian manufacturing at the hands of the over-valued dollar. Article. Our Solutions.

Home prices drag us down

11th Dec 2013: The high price of homes is hurting Australia's competitiveness. Article. Our Solutions.

Carbon Tax is working!

9th Dec 2013: Where the carbon tax applies it has had a big impact which the government is trying to hide. Article. Our Solutions.

COP19 Fails

24th Nov 2013: The COP19 climate talks in Warsaw limp towards failure with nations still stuck on the blame game. Article. Our Solutions.

Ministry of the misinformed

13th Nov 2013: While the Germans argue about whether the 2020 MRET should be 35 or 40% the Liberals are backing away from any action at all. Article.

TPP trade deal threat

30th Oct 2013: The 'Trans Pacific Partnership' trade deal to make medicine and movies more expensive. Article.

Emissions target inadequate

30th Oct 2013: The Climate Change Authority calls for much higher emissions reduction targets. Article. Our Solutions.

Navy wrong on large ships

29th Oct 2013: Hugh White on why we should be buying submarines instead of building large ships. Article. Our Solutions.

The High Cost of Sugar

24th Oct 2013: Food manufacturers could be facing their tobacco moment as growing consumer awareness on well-being turns towards commodities such as sugar, a global report says. Article. Our Solutions.

Why cut undetectable tax?

21st Oct 2013: Peter Martin ponders curious decision to kill the carbon tax. Article. Our Solutions.

Future subs the next fiasco

19th Oct 2013: Australia's future sub project is set to become our next defence fiasco as the Navy and the Government commit to building a dozen custom-built subs here for a staggering $36 billion. Article. Our Solutions.

Rent shredding dreams

13th Oct 2013: Lament of 'Generation Rent' in Australia. Article. Our Solutions.

Private schooling myth debunked

13th Oct 2013: Private primary schooling shown to provides no advantage. Article. Our Solutions.

New climates predicted

9th Oct 2013: Melbourne has just endured its hottest September on record. Sydney is predicted to set an October temperature record on Thursday. Article. Our Solutions.

JSF and vested interests

3rd Oct 2013: Robert Gottliebsen on the JSF and the end of US supremacy. Article. Our Solutions.

Australia's chronic vulnerability

10th Sep 2013: Soon any TNI vs RAAF conflict would quickly see RAAF defeated. Erik Peacock's Article. Our Solutions.

Abbott wins

7th Sep 2013: Tony abbott wins on the most regressive anti-environment platform in decades.

Warmest year ever

2nd Sep 2013: The warmest year since records began - as Abbott abandons emission's target. Article. Our Solutions.

Ice out of control

20th Aug 2013: Use of ice and other methamphetamines is out of control. Article. Our Solutions.

Real Tax Reform off the agenda

20th Aug 2013: No chance of real tax reform from the Lib/Labs. Article. Our Solutions.

Australia's debt problem is...

2nd Aug 2013: ...we don't have enough of it, according to National Australia Bank chief executive Cameron Clyne who calls on the government to borrow big for infrastucture. Article.

China's plan to 'win' a nuclear war?

28th July 2013: A 2011 paper "Strategic Implications of China's Underground Great Wall" (PDF) by Prof Phillip A. Karber. Our Solutions.

RACV want public transport

23rd July 2013: RACV members vote for Public Transport to fix Melbourne's transport woes. Article Our Solutions.

Rudd to scrap carbon tax

13th July 2013: Rudd to scrap the carbon tax and move to weak and rortable carbon trading. Article Our Solutions.

New PM to dump Carbon Tax?

28th June 2013: Speculation that Kevin Rudd will ignore the 66% popular support for the carbon tax and cave in to fossil interests. Article Our Solutions.

MRET pushes down prices

23rd June 2013: Study finds the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target pushes down electricity prices. Article Our Solutions.

The popular carbon tax

23rd June 2013: Only 34% now want the carbon tax scrapped. Article Our Solutions.

$7 billion on drugs

22nd June 2013: Australians spending $7 billion a year. Article Our Solutions.

NSW Feed in tariffs

11th June 2013: Following the NSW governments removal of mandatory minimum Feed in Tariffs 8 of 14 retailers offer no Feed in Tariffs at all. Article Our Solutions.

East-west road tunnel fail

26th May 2013: A suppressed Victorian government study finds the proposed ~$8 billion road tunnel from the Eastern Freeway to City Link will be a waste of money. Article Our Solutions.

Earth at 400ppm

11th May 2013: The atmosphere breaks through the 400ppm level for the first time since the Pliocene. Article.

10 ways to fill budget hole

1st May 2013: Tim Colebatch's solutions for the tax system. Article.

Revenue down, deficit up

30th Apr 2013: Tim Colebatch shows the deficit mostly caused by a slump in revenue, not an increase in spending. Article. Our Solutions.

High dollar killing economy

23rd Apr 2013: With the end of the mining boom looming our high interest rates and high dollar are killing the economy. Article. Our Solutions.

EU Carbon Price Collapse

17th Apr 2013: The EU Carbon price has collapsed due to a failure to deal with the over-allocation of permits. This is why we support a carbon tax rather than carbon trading. Article. Our Solutions.

Auditor-General slams traffic inaction

17th Apr 2013: The Victorian auditor-general criticises the lack of any demand management action of traffic. Article. Our Solutions.

Big Obesity Rise

16th Apr 2013: More an more patients with BMI over 50 turning up at hospital. Article. Our Solutions.

RBTH advocate RAAF Sukhoi

8th Apr 2013: The state-sponsored 'Russia Beyond The Headlines' encourages Australia to look at Sukhoi, quoting NewAustralia and Air Power Australia. Article. Our Solutions.

Abbott: Nothing for rail

4th Apr 2013: Tony Abbott confirms he will only fund roads. Article. Our Solutions.

$14 bn cost of booze

3rd Apr 2013: A new study says alcohol misuse costs the community more than double the revenue raised by tax on the sale of alcohol products. Article. Our Solutions.

20% MRET Retained

22nd Mar 2013: The Gillard government rejects a push to cut the 20% MRET. Article. Our Solutions.

Obesity panel pushes junk tax

27th Feb 2013: A panel of nutritionists, doctors and health economists recommends a junk food tax. Article. Our Solutions.

Defence obsessed with JSF

20th Feb 2013: Former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon has slammed the defence force chiefs he once worked with as 'obsessed' with the JSF. Article. Our Solutions.

Billions for brown coal

20th Feb 2013: Over-generous carbon tax compensation delivers billions for coal power stations. Article. Our Solutions.

Monorails Australia

31st Jan 2013: New Monorails Australia site and company launched.

EU carbon price collapse

26th Jan 2013: Over allocation of permits causes the EU carbon price to plummet. This shows a carbon tax is better than a complex and fragile carbon trading regime. Article. Our Solutions.

Neo-Liberal Fraud

21st Jan 2013: George Monbiot on how the neo-liberal prescription of lower taxes for the rich, outsourcing, deregulation and privatisation is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Article.

Warming due to humans

15th Dec 2012: New evidence means it is virtually certain that climate change is caused by greenhouse gasses released by humans. Article. Our Solutions.

NEWS ARCHIVE

See the News Archive. See also Science news.