10 November 2014

Australia’s age-based tax and welfare system: is it fair?

Australia’s tax and welfare system is one of the most tightly targeted in the world. Is age-based welfare justified? Cassandra Goldie, CEO of the Australian Council of Social Services discussed the issues with Grattan Institute CEO, John Daley.

3 July 2014

After May Day, Australian budgets are still in trouble

Bracket creep, not the Commonwealth’s May budget, is solving Australia’s short-term fiscal problem. The long-term challenge is as urgent as ever.

11 June 2014

ACOSS National Conference

John Daley discusses the budget ‘crisis’ and the question of how to pay for an ageing population at the ACOSS National Conference on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

1 May 2014

State of Australian budgets – Sydney Event

Australian governments are increasingly living beyond their means. They are going to need to make tough choices to balance their budgets. But…

1 May 2014

Balancing budgets in difficult times

John Daley presents on balancing budgets for Urbis, 4 February 2014.

1 May 2014

Balancing budgets: tough choices we need

At this event John Daley and Judith Sloan discussed Grattan’s report Balancing budgets, which lays out the options that Australian governments have to repair their budgets.

1 May 2014

What the squeeze on government budgets means for the welfare sector

With government budgets under pressure, funds will be more scarce. Advocates for the disadvantaged need to think about how governments can balance their budgets, and which programs provide best value for money.

1 May 2014

Is there still a budget emergency?

John Daley spoke at the National Press Club of Australia on Wednesday 9 October. Australian governments are increasingly living beyond their means. Health spending in particular is rising. The Global Financial Crisis and the mining boom have both hidden the problems. As Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott declared that Australia has a “budget emergency”. Has anything changed since the Federal election, and how should governments approach their budgets as the mining boom slows?

1 May 2014

Western Australian budget pressure and infrastructure

Around Australia governments are spending too much and earning too little. Despite the mining boom windfall even the West Australian budget is under pressure. As a result, historically high levels of infrastructure spending are likely to fall.

15 April 2014

State of Australian budgets

This event provided a sneak preview of Grattan’s upcoming report on the state of our budgets, and discussed what can be done to repair them.