2 March 2015

Sydney’s stuck in traffic, putting the brakes on women and the west

There’s no perfect way to balance the kinds of difficult trade-offs involved in improving Sydney’s complex traffic, housing and other urban planning challenges. But it is possible to do better.

8 December 2014

Retirement incomes will soar, but only if government acts

There is excellent news for Australia’s 14 million super account holders in David Murray’s financial system inquiry report – but only if government seizes the opportunity.

11 June 2014

The silver lining: how small business can catch the cloud revolution

Cloud computing is one of the big innovations of our time. It¹s time for small business to make better use of it.

31 March 2014

To lift economic growth we must cut the cost of childcare

To increase female workforce participation — a vital part of growing Australia’s economy — more mothers need jobs. That means childcare must be expanded and reduced in price.

21 March 2014

Innovation: Time for the lucky country to make its own luck

Much innovation is led by entrepreneurs scattered across the economy. What, if anything, can policymakers do to tip the balance towards success?

15 December 2013

No quick fix for manufacturing

Propping up the car industry has been a bad deal for taxpayers. Government can play an important role supporting manufacturing but long-term productivity growth is the key.

12 December 2013

The float we had to have

Thirty years ago today, Australia floated the dollar. The decision paved the way for the economic reforms of the 1980s and ’90s and remains an indispensable piece of policy-making.

3 August 2013

How Western Australia frittered away its mining bonanza

A decade of good times in Western Australia has led to profligate government spending. It’s time to turn off the tap.

29 July 2013

How we learnt to stop worrying and love the boom

As the mining boom changes shape, policy makers need to start saving more of the proceeds.

29 July 2013

How we spent the mining bounty we should have saved

The biggest mining boom since the Gold Rush has been good for Australians, overall. But governments should have saved more of the $190 billion the boom gave them.