5 March 2018

How to get better value for money from government contracts

More needs to be done to ensure Australians get value for money from government contracts with external providers of goods and services. In this submission, Grattan’s Danielle Wood and Lucy Percival raise several red flags regarding public sector compliance with procurement guidelines, and recommend changes to ensure a more rigorous and consistent approach.

17 December 2017

MYEFO: Prime Minister, please don’t shower us with tax presents

Malcolm Turnbull’s Christmas might come early with today’s release of the Mid-Year Economic and Financial Outlook. Higher-than-expected commodity prices and jobs growth are expected to translate into higher-than-forecast revenues, bringing the government some good news at the end of a testing year.

29 November 2017

Three charts on: poorer Australians bearing the brunt of rising housing costs

Low-income households have always had lower home ownership rates than wealthier households, but the gap has widened in the past decade. The dream of owning a home is fast slipping away for most younger, poorer Australians.

22 November 2017

Making housing more affordable requires answers that address supply and demand

Improving affordability will require policies affecting both demand and supply. Reducing demand – such as by reducing the capital gains tax discount and abolishing negative gearing – would reduce prices somewhat. But in the long term, boosting the supply of housing will have the biggest impact on affordability.

22 November 2017

Young Australians will wear the costs of Turnbull’s middle income tax cut

If the Prime Minister pursues the sugar hit of tax cuts without the difficult work on paying for them, then politics will once again have trumped policy and the economic future of today’s young Australians.

16 November 2017

Same-sex marriage results crush the idea that Australian voters crave conservatism

Australians have overwhelmingly voted “yes” for same-sex marriage. This means politicians will have to give up relying on the myth that a cultural backlash against the progressive agenda is driving voters to minor parties.

26 October 2017

If we want cheaper housing we have to build more of it: submission to the NSW housing supply inquiry

NSW housing has become increasingly expensive. The NSW Government needs to act decisively to boost the supply of land to make housing more affordable. Increasing housing supply will only restore housing affordability slowly – but without a concerted effort to boost housing supply in Sydney and surrounds, housing affordability in NSW will only get worse.

2 October 2017

Three charts on: the great Australian wealth gap

Australia is becoming wealthier, but much of the increase is concentrated in the hands of older generations. The trend is unmistakable: unless something changes, the young will fall further behind and inequality will get worse.

17 September 2017

The young are losing out as the great Australian wealth gap grows wider

Malcolm Turnbull be warned: the wealth gap between young and old Australians is getting wider and it could transform our politics.

28 August 2017

State property tax reform: balancing economic principle and political realism

Nearly all economists advocate introducing a general property tax in place of stamp duty. But in Australia, only the ACT Government has made the move. In this presentation, Brendan Coates shows how out state governments can balance policy principle with political realism to make real progress on property tax reform.

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