Latest Presentations

4 December 2019

Saving private health

Stephen Duckett presents to the National Press Club about our recently released reports on private health insurance. These reports show there is more unnecessary care in private hospitals and

2 December 2019

Housing in retirement: the emerging challenge to Australians’ retirement incomes

Australia’s retirement income system is serving us well. But worsening housing affordability presents big challenges to our retirement incomes system going forward.

1 November 2019

Remembering George Palmer, academic health policy advocate

George Palmer shaped health service management and policy from the 1970s until the end of the 20th century. In this eulogy, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, a former colleague, pays tribute to an Australian with a legacy of academic leadership and public service.

23 October 2019

Policy priorities after the ‘Morrison miracle’

The signs for serious policy reform aren’t promising after the Coalition’s surprise victory in the 2019 federal election. But, as Grattan CEO John Daley details in this presentation, there are a lot of approaching trains.

22 October 2019

Remembering Richard Scotton, co-founder of Medicare

Richard Scotton, a co-founder of Medicare, has died. In this eulogy, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, a former colleague, pays tribute to an Australian whose contribution to public policy improved Australia.

12 September 2019

The politics of infrastructure

Elections in Australia are increasingly about big transport infrastructure ‘announceables’. But these election promises are usually driven by politics more than evidence.

9 September 2019

Lessons from the National Rental Affordability Scheme

The Rudd government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme was expensive, unfair, and poorly targeted. In this presentation, Grattan’s Brendan Coates identifies better ways to help poor people into housing.

6 August 2019

Prosthesis pricing needs fundamental reform

Prosthesis pricing in Australia doesn’t provide best value to taxpayers, health insurance members, or patients. The current system should be dumped, and replaced by a new approach to paying for surgical care which bundles prosthesis costs into a single price.

5 August 2019

Implications of falling trust for Australia’s politics and society

Trust in government is the lowest on record in Australia. In this presentation,
Danielle Wood identifies numerous causes, nominates several implications, and proposes practical solutions.

5 August 2019

Priorities for the retirement incomes review

The Federal Government has announced a review of Australia’s retirement incomes system. In this presentation, Grattan’s Brendan Coates identifies the big challenges the review should tackle.