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.

8 August 2013

Why welfare dominates government budgets

Australian welfare spending trends: past changes and future drivers, presented by John Daley

30 May 2013

Mineral Resources Rent Tax – will it work?

This seminar explored this issue and looked at how Australia’s mining tax can be improved from here.

2 November 2012

The end of big government budgets — what next?

Grattan CEO John Daley spoke to the 2012 Economic and Social Outlook Conference on why governments will have to make tough budget decisions in the years ahead.

25 July 2012

Perth – Game changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia

Why Australian governments must act now to sustain Australia’s growth. IPAA WA hosted this important discussion about economic reform imperatives.

4 July 2012

Canberra – Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia

If Australian governments are serious about raising rates of economic growth, they must reform the tax mix and increase the workforce participation rates of women and older people.

13 June 2012

Melbourne – Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia

Grattan Institute’s report Game-changers: reform priorities for economic growth in Australia was released 7 June.