Latest Reports

4 December 2016

Shared interest: a universal loan fee for HELP

A 15 per cent loan fee on all new tertiary education lending could save the Commonwealth $700 million a year and make HELP fairer and stronger.

30 November 2016

Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2016

The 2016 summer reading list for the Prime Minister. Every year Grattan Institute recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads.

27 November 2016

Circuit breaker: a new compact on school funding

A new deal among governments and school systems can end Australia’s toxic school funding debate and transform teaching and learning in schools, without costing the Commonwealth more money.

22 November 2016

A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity

Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to help tackle obesity and recoup some of the $5.3 billion a year the epidemic costs taxpayers.

20 November 2016

Age of entitlement: age-based tax breaks

The Commonwealth could save about $1 billion a year by winding back tax breaks for older Australians that are unduly generous and have no sensible policy rationale.

23 October 2016

Cost overruns in transport infrastructure

Australian governments have spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend. It is time to curb politicians’ reckless promises and create a more accountable basis for infrastructure building.

25 September 2016

Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock

Soaring wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July warn of Australia’s failure to combine climate change and energy policies. To ensure that power is reliable, affordable and sustainable, it’s time to heed the lesson.

4 September 2016

A better super system: assessing the 2016 tax reforms

Winding back superannuation tax breaks is an acid test of our political system. It should be one of the first items of business in the current Parliament.

7 August 2016

Mapping Australian higher education 2016

Politicians and business people want students to study science, but half of recent science graduates looking for full-time work can’t find it, according to the fourth Grattan report mapping the state of the higher education sector.

24 July 2016

Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality

Australia’s health system is consistently failing some parts of the country. It’s time for a new, targeted approach.

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