Who’s in the room? Access and influence in Australian politics

REPORT

by Danielle Wood and Kate Griffiths

Powerful and well-resourced business groups, unions and not-for-profits are influencing policy to serve their interests, sometimes at the expense of the public interest. Stronger checks and balances on lobbying, donations and access would make our politics cleaner and fairer.

NEWS

06 September 2018

Australia is well placed to benefit from the widespread uptake of electric vehicles

Electric vehicles offer substantial environmental, social and economic benefits for Australia, and policy makers should do more to encourage their widespread use. In this submission, Grattan’s Tony Wood calls on the COAG Energy Council to support their efficient adoption.

PODCAST

04 September 2018

Making sense of the school funding wars

A conversation with School Education Program Director, Peter Goss on school funding. Do state schools get a fair go? How much should governments give to non-government schools? And how can we assess ‘fairness’ amid all these competing demands and all this heated politics?

EVENTS

02 October 2018

SA’s power system: Are we ready for summer? - Adelaide

In the last two years we’ve seen actions by Governments and others to improve the security and reliability of our power system. Grattan Institute, in partnership with the State Library of South Australia, will host a public policy forum to discuss what we’ve learned and how things look for the coming summer. Join AEMO’s Audrey Zibelman, ElectraNet’s Steve Masters and Grattan’s Tony Wood to shed light on how the system is shaping up.

 

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