30 May 2013Mineral Resources Rent Tax - will it work?
Designing a mining tax that leaves enough incentive for future investment, treats both past and future investments...
23 May 2013SYDNEY Productive cities: opportunity in a changing economy At this public seminar, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, discussed Productive cities with report author, Jane-Frances Kelly, Director of the Grattan Institute Cities Program.
09 May 2013Productive cities: opportunity in a changing economy Cities are essential to generating economic growth and to creating and sharing opportunities. It is time to put the functioning of our cities squarely on the economic reform agenda.
07 May 2013SYDNEY What should be Australia's emissions reduction target? The Climate Change Authority released an Issues Paper as part of its first review of the caps and targets that Australia should adopt for 2020 and toward its long-term emission reduction goal. At this public event, hosted by Grattan Institute, the CEO of the Climate Change Authority, Anthea Harris introduced the Issues Paper.
06 May 2013MELBOURNE What should be Australia's emissions reduction target? The Climate Change Authority has released an Issues Paper as part of its first review of the caps and targets that Australia should adopt for 2020 and toward its long-term emission reduction goal.
22 Apr 2013Are Australian energy markets functioning efficiently? As energy demand in Australia drops, prices continue to rise - important questions need to be raised.
08 Apr 2013Electricity distribution pricing: is it fixed yet and are we on track to addressing the problems? Distribution costs have been the biggest contributor to major increases in electricity prices in the last few years. At this seminar, John Pierce, the Chair of the Australian Energy Market Commission discussed changes to the way electricity network prices will be determined.
20 Mar 2013Ending Australia's bad drug deal: the three elements of pharmaceutical pricing reform Australians are paying far too much for prescription drugs, especially drugs that are no longer under patent. At this free public lecture hosted by ANU Canberra, Stephen Duckett discussed how drug prices are set elsewhere and explained the three steps that will get a much better drug deal for Australia.
13 Mar 2013Alliance 21 Australia - USA policy exchange: education and innovation Grattan Institute is taking part in the Alliance 21 project that is exploring shared policy interests between Australia and the United States, and providing an independent assessment of the future of the US-Australia alliance.
07 Mar 2013Beware of policies driven by evangelists and vested commercial interests in a good cause. Beware of policies driven by evangelists and vested commercial interests in a good cause: the outcome will never be good. Tony Wood's speech at the National Environmental Law Association's Delivering a Low Carbon Future conference.
19 Feb 2013Making large solar projects viable There is a compelling economic argument for subsidising solar power, but some forms of subsidies are better than others. Lucy Carter explores the issues in a presentation to the IQPC’s 3rd Annual Solar Power 2013 conference.
06 Feb 2013Planning for low-carbon development: the twin challenge of poverty eradication and emissions reductions Professor Harald Winkler of the University of Cape Town was joined by panellists Tony Wood of Grattan Institute and Dr Malte Meinshausen of Melbourne Energy Institute, who discussed the Australian parallels to South Africa’s experience.
11 Dec 20122012 Summer reading list for the Prime Minister 7.30 Report presenter Leigh Sales joined Grattan Institute’s CEO, John Daley, and Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly, to launch our 2012 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister.
06 Dec 2012The next Energy White Paper Tony Wood assesses how key challenges will frame Australia’s next Energy White Paper at a US-Australia Dialogue on Energy Security
27 Nov 2012Regional growth patterns: evidence from the latest Census In this public seminar, Grattan CEO John Daley and Urbis Director Michael Barlow discussed patterns in Australian regional growth as revealed in the 2011 Census, and why government policy is failing to keep up with the rapid growth in coastal and capital city satellite regions.
02 Nov 2012The end of big government budgets — what next? Grattan CEO John Daley spoke to the 2012 Economic and Social Outlook Conference on why governments will have to make tough budget decisions in the years ahead.
24 Oct 2012Building the bridge: a practical plan Tony Wood's presentation at the Solar Cities Conference
22 Oct 2012Low emission technology landscape: It ain’t pretty Tony Wood's presentation at the National Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Conference
15 Oct 2012The future of carbon pricing and the Australian electricity market At this free public seminar Professor Ross Garnaut explored the issues of incentives for renewable energy and the RET, the future fuel mix (optimal and what is likely under carbon price) and the impacts of the current low wholesale price.
09 Oct 2012Tomorrow's suburbs - Melbourne At this seminar Jane-Frances Kelly and Andrew Whitson, Victorian General Manager Residential at Stockland, discussed the report and its implications.
20 Sep 2012Renewables 2012: Positioning Australia in a global context The seminar provided insight into advances being made in renewable energy business and policy in both developed and developing economies and the position of the Australian industry within this global context.
13 Sep 2012Tomorrow's suburbs - Sydney In Australian cities, new 'greenfield' suburbs are being built at a remarkable rate. These new suburbs are often well designed to suit the needs of their initial residents. Yet in a generation the demographic profile of local communities can shift radically. This seminar will explore how can we build in flexibility when planning tomorrow's suburbs.
22 Aug 2012The future of electricity demand in Australia Demand for electricity traded on the National Electricity Market has fallen in real terms for each of the last three years and is now down almost 14% on 2008 projections. Why is demand changing and how it is likely to impact the business of electricity?
22 Aug 2012Canberra - How can instinctive preferences improve policy outcomes? Policy makers have begun to pay attention to the growing field of behavioural economics. This seminar explored how behavioural economics can be applied to the design of public policy.
21 Aug 2012Melbourne - How can instinctive preferences improve policy outcomes? Policy makers have begun to pay attention to the growing field of behavioural economics. This seminar explored how behavioural economics can be applied to the design of public policy.
20 Aug 2012Is the high Aussie dollar really bad for the Australian and Victorian economies? John Daley, Grattan CEO, spoke to an Economic Society of Australia event at the University of Melbourne on the high dollar as part of a panel with Professor W. Max Corden of Melbourne University and Ross Gittins from the Sydney Morning Herald.
13 Aug 2012Graduate winners: public losers? Victoria University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins, will join Andrew Norton, Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute, to discuss Graduate Winners: Assessing the public and private benefits of higher education.
13 Aug 2012Coal seam gas: economic bonanza or environmental disaster? At the Noosa Longweekend Festival in June 2012, Tony Wood, Grattan Institute's Energy Program Director, formed part of an expert panel for an important discussion on the impacts of coal seam gas.
25 Jul 2012Perth - Game changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia Why Australian governments must act now to sustain Australia's growth. IPAA WA hosted this important discussion about economic reform imperatives.
04 Jul 2012Canberra - Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia If Australian governments are serious about raising rates of economic growth, they must reform the tax mix and increase the workforce participation rates of women and older people.
27 Jun 2012The future of coal and gas in Australia Energy analysts and commentators envisage coal and gas playing major, if not dominant roles in supplying an energy hungry world for many decades. Australia is a major exporter of coal, and coal-based electricity dominates our electricity supply. Gas development is undergoing a revolution driven by technologies that extract it from coal seams and shales and the scale is mind boggling. Yet an effective response to climate change means the combustion of coal and gas as we know it today must cease by mid-century. This seminar in the Energy Futures Series will examine this conundrum, one of the major challenges of our time.
13 Jun 2012Melbourne - Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia Grattan Institute’s report Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia was released 7 June.
12 Jun 2012Sydney - Game-changers: economic reform priorities for Australia If Australian governments are serious about raising rates of economic growth, they must reform the tax mix and increase the workforce participation rates of women and older people. There’s nothing else big enough to change the game over the next decade.
11 Apr 2012Rebuilding from the ground up – a National Disability Insurance Scheme Disability doesn’t discriminate. And yet for Australians with disability, where you live or how you or a loved one acquire a disability can radically change the care and support you receive.
28 Mar 2012Social cities Humans are social animals: relationships are critical to our wellbeing. Grattan’s new report, Social Cities, argues that the way we build and organise our cities is crucial to the quantity and quality of social connection, which in turn is critical to our psychological and physical health.
01 Mar 2012Multiple climate change policies: killing no birds with two stones? Europe wastes billions of euros by having overlapping climate-change policies. Is Australia about to make the same mistake?
28 Feb 2012Catching up: learning from the best school systems in East Asia The five top-performing systems are Hong Kong, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, according to OECD’s 2009 PISA assessments. In recent years, Australia and many OECD countries have substantially increased education expenditure, often with disappointing results. Grattan Institute’s new report, Catching up: learning from the best school systems in East Asia, shows how studying the strengths of these systems can improve our children’s lives.
15 Feb 2012No easy choices: which way to Australia's energy future? Andrew Charlton, a former senior economic adviser to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, spoke with Energy Program Director, Tony Wood, at the launch of the report 'No easy choices: which way to Australia's energy future?' .
09 Feb 2012Australian higher education: trends, policies, performance Andrew Norton, Grattan Institute's Higher Education Program Director, discussed the program's first report with Julie Hare, Higher Education editor at The Australian, at this public event in Sydney.
05 Dec 20112011 Summer reading list for the Prime Minister Leading political commentator George Megalogenis joined Grattan’s CEO, John Daley, and Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly, to launch our annual Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister.
21 Nov 2011Getting the housing we want: report launch To launch Grattan Institute's report 'Getting the housing we want', former Victorian Premier, John Brumby, spoke with Cities Program Director, Jane-Frances Kelly.
14 Nov 2011The economics and politics of teacher merit pay Can merit pay be made to work? Andrew Leigh MP discussed the issue with John Daley, Grattan's CEO.
10 Nov 2011The future of solar power in Australia Grattan Institute's Energy Program Director, Tony Wood, chaired a seminar to consider how solar power will shape the development of energy market.
25 Oct 2011The future of transport in Australia Experts in research, policy and industry explored the technologies that could be used to decarbonise the transport system and the challenges associated with making new technologies operational.
25 Oct 2011Measuring educational quality Leading education adviser Dr Brian Stecher discussed recent changes in education policy in the United States and considered the lessons Australia might learn from the US experience.
04 Oct 2011The spirit of cities Daniel Bell discussed the findings of his book on the modern role of cities with Jane-Frances Kelly, Grattan's Cities Program Director.
27 Sep 2011The challenges of learning from others Professor Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair, Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Oregon, discussed the benefits and pitfalls of international policy research.
24 Aug 2011The future of the electricity network in Australia A panel of experts considered the question: "what is the optimal design to support a very different energy system in the 21st century?"
28 Jul 2011How to create a world class university What does it take to create a world-class university. Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, discussed this question with a panel of Australian higher education leaders.
20 Jul 2011The future of wind energy in Australia Wind is one of the lowest cost zero-carbon energy sources available. In this seminar, an expert panel explored national and international wind market trends.
19 Jul 2011Big shifts in the global economy Professor Michael Spence, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, examined how emerging economies are reshaping the global economy and the international order.
27 Jun 2011The housing we'd choose Grattan Institute Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly discussed the issues raised in the report, "The Housing We'd Choose", with Grattan's CEO John Daley.
07 Jun 2011Trading our way to more jobs and prosperity Trade Minister, the Hon. Craig Emerson MP, discussed how sound trade policy and solid economic reform should work hand-in-hand.
02 Jun 2011Investing in regions: making a difference Grattan Institute partnered with the Committee for Ballarat — one of Australia’s fast-growing regions — to launch its latest report "Investing in regions: Making a difference".
11 May 2011Sustainable energy: at what cost? Experts from industry and academia discussed the issues surrounding the transition from a carbon intensive energy system to a sustainable, low-carbon system.
02 May 2011Better teacher appraisal and feedback: improving performance Dr Ben Jensen, Grattan Institute's School Education Program Director, presented and discussed the findings of his report *Better Teacher Appraisal and Feedback: Improving Performance*.
19 Apr 2011Current trends in civic engagement in the USA Harvard political scientist Professor Robert Putnam, a pioneer of research in social capital, explained to Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly how communities have become increasingly disconnected and how that might change.
14 Apr 2011Global perspective: implementing carbon pricing in a world of political resistance and evolving international participation An expert panel discussed the need to develop an approach to carbon pricing that leaves room for evolution and also provides incentives to broaden international action.
05 Apr 2011Manufacturing regained: new prospects for business and regional communities Dan Swinney, Executive Director of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council, reflected on the Council's 25-year effort to maintain and expand high-skilled manufacturing jobs.
30 Mar 2011Carbon emissions: subsidies, incentives or taxes - what makes effective policy? Grattan Institute staff, energy policy experts, and politicians identified the carbon emission reduction programs Australia should retain and pursue.
17 Mar 2011Progress on education reform in Australia Following the release of the second version of *MySchool*, Peter Garrett, Minister for Early Childhood, School Education and Youth, outlined the direction of education reform for the coming year and beyond.
03 Dec 2010Infrastructure investment and productivity With Australia's productivity performance continuing to deteriorate, the nation needs to look at how to foster the next round of productivity growth. Grattan Institute's productivity growth program is investigating the reasons for this decline and various remedies for it, including enhancing the quantity and quality of Australia's stock of infrastructure, improvements to skills and vocational training, and the role of innovation.
25 Nov 2010Wellbeing in public policy practice In the last in a series of three seminars about social and environmental measures for public policy. Treasury Secretary Ken Henry joined a panel of experts to discuss the statistical measurement of well-being.
23 Nov 2010Effective performance management: the next challenge for our schools Dr Ben Jensen, Director of Grattan's School Education Program, explained at this event why a new era of transparency will force considerable change in our schools.
11 Nov 2010Understanding Australia's productivity performance At this Grattan event, Productivity Growth Program Director Saul Eslake discussed how productivity growth is vital to meeting several of Australia's important economic challenges, and assessed the reasons for the marked deterioration in Australia's productivity growth performance over the past decade.
08 Nov 2010The social life of cities Thinking about social design for cities is lagging behind thinking on economic and environmental issues, Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Britain's Young Foundation, argued in this Grattan seminar.
28 Oct 2010Resilient cities At this Grattan seminar, Neil McInroy, Chief Executive of the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies, discussed how cities and communities cope effectively with the challenges of growth.
26 Oct 2010Australian cities: liveable and sustainable? Australian cities rate highly internationally on liveability and well-being indices. State and metropolitan governments are keen to promote the liveability of their cities as a means of attracting mobile capital, skilled labour and tourists.
19 Oct 2010Cities: who decides? t the launch of Grattan's latest report, Cities: Who Decides?, Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly explained how cities around the developed world that have grown successfully usually involved their citizens in understanding and managing change.
29 Jun 2010The cities we need Grattan Cities Program Director Jane-Frances Kelly discussed the program's first report, The Cities We Need, with Grattan CEO John Daley.
01 Jun 2010Mapping social cohesion: 2009 Scanlon Foundation report Grattan Institute hosted a discussion with Professor Andrew Markus, director of the Scanlon Foundation's Social Cohesion Research Program, to talk about the findings of the 2009 Scanlon report into social cohesion.
25 May 2010What teachers want: better teacher management At this Grattan Institute event Dr Ben Jensen, Grattan's Program Director for School Education, discussed the program's second report, What Teachers Want: Better Teacher Management.
13 May 2010People, pride and purpose After decades of decline, Chicago, Glasgow and Manchester are experiencing a renaissance. Different cities have different stories to tell. However, three ingredients are common across all these cities; people, pride and purpose.
06 May 2010Economic returns to education What are the links between education and productivity? With the Australian school education system currently going through a major reform, Grattan Institute hosted a seminar which discussed the relationship between education and economic returns. Will the proposed education reforms make a difference to Australian productivity?
03 May 2010Water competition: the UK experience Over the past decade, water restrictions have been imposed in many Australian cities. There have also been significant investments to augment supplies, which are coming on-line. With the immediate risks to water security abating, there is now an opportunity to explore how delivery of water services could be improved in the future.
28 Apr 2010Restructuring the Australian economy to emit less carbon Grattan Institute released its public report "Restructuring the Australian Economy to Emit Less Carbon" on Thursday 22 April 2010. Using a detailed analysis of Australian industries' own data, the report concludes the proposed free permits being offered by the Federal Government under its carbon pricing scheme are unnecessary.
25 Mar 2010Carbon pricing: is a tax better than emissions trading? Grattan Institute hosted a seminar on energy policy, with special guest Dr Cameron Hepburn. This seminar provided an opportunity for detailed discussion about climate change policy around the world, and what it means for Australia. We discussed the economics of various options for designing carbon pricing schemes.
17 Mar 2010American cities: a 21st century urban agenda State and Federal Governments in the U.S. have grappled for decades with urban issues such as urban regeneration and affordable housing. As Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration, Henry Cisneros was at the centre of these efforts.
11 Mar 2010In defence of liberty The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Shadow Treasurer, spoke at Grattan Institute on Thursday 11 March 2010. His speech 'In Defence of Liberty' pursued the theme that as a nation we have not struck the right balance between individual freedoms and collectivism. This will be an influential contribution to a core issue of our times.
08 Feb 2010Measuring what matters: student progress Grattan Institute is released its first public report "Measuring what matters: student progress" on Wednesday 27 January 2010, looking at the issue of measuring school performance. This issue is relevant to the Commonwealth government's launch of the "my school" website of school performance.
04 Feb 2010Changing social needs and innovative ways to meet them Dr Geoff Mulgan, Director of the Young Foundation, is one of the world's leading experts on social and organisational innovation. Straight from ANZSOG, he gave a mid afternoon seminar for Grattan Institute, sharing his knowledge about social and organisational innovation, what it is and how to it can be applied in Australian cities. He discussed his current research on the changing social needs of society.
01 Feb 2010Political polarisation: lessons from the United States David Brady, Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values, and Deputy Director, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, will be beginning Grattan's 2010 events program, taking part in a Q and A seminar.
09 Dec 2009Australia-US relationship and the President partnership agenda Grattan Institute invites you to hear the new US Ambassador, Jeffrey L. Bleich, in his first public appearance in Melbourne. He discussed the Australia-US relationship, and how President Obama plans to strengthen it into the future.
01 Dec 2009Governing growing cities Australia is famously one of the most urbanised countries in the world, with our cities producing the bulk of GDP and jobs. Today our cities are on the front line of responding to climate change, and are projected to significantly increase in size.
05 Nov 2009After the crisis: what are the social policy challenges Australian experience of the global financial crisis has turned out to be remarkably benign, both by comparison with that of most other advanced economies and with what was commonly expected in the early stages of the crisis.
05 Nov 2009The pricing of carbon emissions and international trade The United States, the European Union, and other developed nations, including Australia, are moving towards regimes to put a price on carbon emissions. Daniel Price addressed questions such as: Are shifts in location to avoid carbon emission costs likely?
01 Oct 2009Key challenges for Australian economic mangers Australian economic policy makers face any number of challenges at the moment and it is not possible to do justice to them in 5-10 minutes.
29 Sep 2009Aftermath of a financial crisis
09 Sep 2009Trade policy and climate change policy: some inconvenient truths The economic distortions associated with arbitrary allocations of free emissions permits to trade exposed industries in Australia is just one part of a global story. Without an effective international approach, this will contribute to a breakdown of the WTO based global trading system. Professor Garnaut discussed the problem and the way out.
19 Aug 2009Global financial crisis: an Australian perspective Saul Eslake delivers the Shann Memorial Lecture at the University of Western Australia.
01 Apr 2009Thomas E. Mann Visit, Brookings Institution Prestigious US political commentator Thomas E. Mann was brought to Australia by the University of Melbourne as a 2009 Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow and spoke at the launch of Grattan Institute in April 2009.