Latest Reports

25 April 2016

Hot property: negative gearing and capital gains tax

Reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax would save the government about $5.3 billion a year and improve housing affordability without significantly hurting incentives to save. Change is long overdue.

13 April 2016

Peer-to-peer pressure: policy for the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy is about much more than saving money on taxi bills. It is changing travel, use of property and the job market. Governments should embrace it while reducing any downsides.

10 April 2016

Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy

After a decade of toxic political debate, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that both major parties can support.

3 April 2016

Roads to riches: better transport spending

A decade of unprecedented spending on transport infrastructure has put politics ahead of the public interest. Too much money is being wasted on the wrong projects built in the wrong places.

28 March 2016

HELP for the future: fairer repayment of student debt

Reducing the thresholds at which former students repay HELP debt would increase repayments by $500 million a year. Without change, HELP costs will soar, putting other education programs in jeopardy.

21 March 2016

Widening gaps: what NAPLAN tells us about student progress

Learning gaps between Australian students of different backgrounds are too wide, and grow wider as students move through school.

6 March 2016

Chronic failure in primary care

The Government spends more than $1 billion every year to encourage better prevention and management of chronic disease, but our health system is still failing patients. The way we fund and organise primary care needs to change.

22 February 2016

Blood Money: paying for pathology services

Taxpayers spend more than $2.5 billion a year on pathology services, but they’re not getting a good deal. Changing the way government pays for testing would save money without cutting services to the sick.

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.

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