14 August 2017

Why it costs you so much to see a specialist – and what the government should do about it

Australians pay too much when they go to medical specialists. The government can and should do more to drive prices down. A current Senate Inquiry on out-of-pocket costs will hopefully lead to some policy action.


10 August 2017

New rules for retailers, but don’t sit there waiting for your electricity bill to go down

After summoning the heads of Australia’s major electricity retailers to Canberra, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will take “decisive action to reduce energy prices for Australian families and businesses”. The big question for the prime minister is, what next?


15 August 2017

Rising inequality in Australia?

A conversation with Australian Perspectives Fellow, Dani Wood. The question of whether inequality has been rising or falling in Australia appears to be difficult to answer at first glance - and a different story emerges when looking at income inequality or wealth inequality. So just what is happening to inequality here in Australia? How do we compare to the rest of the world? And what are our politicians suggesting to bridge the gap?


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