Filling the gap: A universal dental care scheme for Australia


by Stephen Duckett, Matt Cowgill and Hal Swerissen

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for dental care, so all Australians can go to the dentist when they need to. It would cost $5.6 billion a year and should be phased in over 10 years.


20 March 2019

Coalition and ALP share the road to project blow-outs

There’s a media-driven perception that NSW has an infrastructure deficit because of its fast population growth. Voters might think any new project must be worthwhile if it helps the state catch up. But spending on a poorly chosen project means not spending on a worthwhile one.


20 February 2019

Who is funding Australian democracy?

A conversation with Senior Associate Kate Griffiths and Associate Carmela Chivers. Once a year, the Commonwealth releases information on Australia’s political donations system – who donates to political parties and how much? The data isn’t timely but the information contained in this data dump does give clues as to who is funding Australian democracy and who our political parties are most reliant on.


09 April 2019

2019 Federal Budget: unpacking the economics and politics for Queensland and Australia

Set to take place a week after the federal budget (and on the cusp of a federal election), this State of Affairs event will ask what does it all mean? Will the budget finally get to surplus and does it matter? What will be the longer-term economic implications for Queensland and the nation? And what impact might it have on the imminent federal election? Join our panel of experts to hear their analysis and insights.


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