21 September 2020

How governments can prioritise their agenda better

Communities will prosper more if their governments prioritise deliberately. Governments should prioritise a small number of reforms that are both high value and more feasible.

3 September 2020

When it comes to policy reform, the good old days really were better

Australian governments in the past 20 years have rejected many more significant reforms than governments in the 20 years before them.

24 March 2020

COVID-19: We’re running out of time to use Endgame C

To drive infections down, Australia needs political commitment, decisive action, and clear communications — and we need it fast.

21 March 2020

COVID-19: The endgame, and how to get there

Ten of thousands of lives depend on the policy choices Australia makes now. None of the options is pleasant, but one is less bad than the others.

20 February 2020

Coronavirus could have a devastating impact on Australia’s universities

The Australian Government can’t fix an international pandemic. But it can lift the cap on the number of domestic university students.

16 January 2020

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australia needs?

Crises can provide a window for big policy changes. But despite the environmental catastrophe of this summer, the early signals from the federal government are not good.

7 January 2020

Good policy making is a game of inches, not kneejerk reactions

It’s getting harder to pursue policy change in the public interest in Australia. Many in the electorate are reluctant to engage in the give and take that is the essence of good government.

24 November 2019

Super: you can have too much of a good thing

Higher compulsory superannuation wouldn’t tackle the biggest challenge facing our retirement incomes system: retirees who rent. They are at severe risk of poverty because rent assistance is inadequate.

19 September 2019

If we believe in the fair go, we have to tackle housing

Rising house prices have increased wealth inequality in Australia. Policy makers need a clearer view on how to make housing more affordable. Here are some suggestions.

9 September 2019

How a rental scheme for poorer Australians became a $1b windfall for developers and investors

The Rudd government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme was expensive, inefficient, and poorly targeted. There are better ways to help poor people into housing.