Latest Reports

15 December 2015

Post Paris: Australia’s climate policy options

An economy-wide, market-based scheme is the best way to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions – it’s also politically difficult. Six criteria should guide the design of an alternative policy framework.

6 December 2015

A GST reform package

Australian governments need to raise more revenue. Collecting more through the GST is one of the better ways to do it. A well designed reform package could support economic growth, retain work incentives and protect the most vulnerable.

30 November 2015

Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2015

Every year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads.

24 November 2015

Super tax targeting

Australia’s superannuation system is expensive and unfair. Superannuation tax breaks should be more tightly targeted at their policy purpose, and at those who need them most.

23 November 2015

Fair pricing for Western Australia’s electricity

Moving to a demand tariff will make electricity prices in Western Australia fairer immediately, and cheaper in the long run. But government must be brave and explain the benefits.

1 November 2015

The cash nexus: how teaching funds research in Australian universities

More than $2 billion in surpluses from teaching are being used to fund research in Australian universities. Universities have powerful incentives to spend on research, but the benefits for students are less clear.

30 August 2015

University fees: what students pay in deregulated markets

Student fees now comprise a fifth of public university funding – almost $6 billion a year – and international students pay most of them. Despite often high fees, the market is growing.

16 August 2015

Questionable care: avoiding ineffective treatment

Clinicians and researchers have long known that some hospitals provide questionable treatments to some patients, but the right policy response has been unclear — until now.

26 July 2015

Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning

School systems must give teachers the time, tools and training to collect the best evidence about what students need to learn next and use it as the basis of their teaching.

14 July 2015

Property Taxes

A modest and broad-based property levy could raise $7 billion a year and would be the best way for states and territories to raise revenue to meet rising budget shortfalls.

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