12 September 2017

What philanthropy, advocacy, and policy influencers can learn from political economy

Philanthropic funding to advocate for the broad public interest is vital to getting better government. Speaking at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, John Daley explores four themes about the public interest and philanthropy.

10 September 2017

Philanthropy important when the public interest often has few friends

This week “philanthropy” meets “parliament” in a biennial summit at Parliament House in Canberra. In the past this might well have been a feel-good exercise in which prominent philanthropists were feted for their good works funding new hospital wings and housing the homeless. But philanthropy is increasingly meeting parliament in ways that are less comfortable.

3 August 2017

Australia’s city/country divide is not as wide as you may think

Many people assume Australia’s regions are getting a raw deal compared to the big cities. But beneath the oft-told “tale of two Australias” is a more nuanced story. Cities and regions both have pockets of disadvantage, as well as areas with healthy income growth and low unemployment. But shifts in population are driving a wedge between city and regional Australia.

26 June 2017

Malcolm Turnbull be warned: the young are coming

The UK election shows that young people can once again be a force in politics. After years of being dismissed as apathetic and disengaged (and treated accordingly), young voters turned out in big numbers. Their very strong split towards Labour played a pivotal role in the surprisingly poor showing of Theresa May’s Conservative government.

16 June 2017

The rise of protest politics – a comment on David Marr’s Quarterly Essay

David Marr’s Quarterly Essay, The White Queen, captures the highlights of Pauline Hanson’s career well, but the focus on Hanson overlooks a much bigger picture – political discontent in Australia’s regions is not new. The challenge to established political parties and the threat of minor parties is a broader issue that will likely continue – whether the One Nation Party implodes again or not.

20 March 2017

Women are dropping out of economics, which means men are running our economy

The dearth of women in leadership positions raises a red flag for the quality of Australia’s economic decision-making. Too many “like” individuals reduces the range of perspectives informing decisions. It also means wasted talent: if you bench half your potential team then the one that takes to the field is probably not your strongest.

4 January 2017

Productivity and geography: Presentation to Productivity Commission Conference

While economic growth has been concentrated in cities for some time, the trend has really accelerated in the past decade. Half of all jobs growth is now within a 2km radius of the city centres in both Melbourne and Sydney, reflecting the increasing share of new jobs in services industries where physical proximity really matters.

18 December 2016

MYEFO will show Peter Costello’s grayfare weighing down our budget

As the Turnbull government looks for further budget savings in coming months, it will have little choice but to scale back entitlements for seniors. When it comes to winding back middle class welfare from the Costello era, the job remains only half done.

14 December 2016

How households save for retirement: a reply to Industry Super Australia

Industry Super Australia accused us of “misleading analysis” that committed “statistical sins”. If they had read our material more carefully they would have noticed we did the precise opposite of what they claimed.

21 November 2016

Australia can’t afford a gap between the taxed and the taxed nots

Seniors get bigger rebates on private health insurance than younger workers paying the same premium but with a lower income. The budget can no-longer afford such age-based tax breaks.

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