23 September 2018

Influence in Australian politics needs an urgent overhaul – here’s how to do it

Public policy should be made for all Australians – not just those with the resources or connections to lobby and influence politicians. And mostly it is. But sometimes bad policy is made or good policy is dropped because powerful groups have more say and sway than they should.

30 August 2018

Australia Demonstrates the Rise of Populism is About More than Economics

Votes for established centre‐right and centre‐left political parties are falling across the developed world. Australia is not immune from this trend: in the 2016 federal election, more people voted for minor parties than at any point since the Second World War.

23 July 2018

The Government’s draft super Bill will make retirees better off

In this submission Grattan CEO John Daley and Australian Perspectives Fellow Brendan Coates argue that the Government’s draft Protecting Our Super Bill will substantially reduce the costs of superannuation, resulting in higher superannuation balances at retirement for many Australians. The Bill promises to curb egregious fees charged on inactive accounts and default insurance offered to those that don’t need it. And it may increase competition between superannuation providers a little, lowering superannuation fees.

23 July 2018

Migrants are still buying into the dream of home ownership, but it’s becoming more elusive

Recent Australian migrants are buying into the Great Australian Dream of home ownership. But rates of home ownership among recent migrants are falling, as they are among all Australians. Unless we build enough housing to match Australia’s growing population, all Australians, including migrants, will pay the price.

10 July 2018

Tax reform: where to focus?

This overview prioritises tax reforms by comparing how much different proposals would help the economy, repair budgets, reduce inequality, and promote housing affordability.

7 June 2018

Most new housing isn’t high end housing

The conventional wisdom among many affordable-housing advocates is that most new housing built in Australia is too expensive for low- and middle-income earners. This conventional wisdom is wrong. Grattan Institute’s new analysis shows that most new houses are being built in cheaper-than-average suburbs on the fringes on our major cities.

29 April 2018

Not so super

Australia has got superannuation policy wrong. The bipartisan plan to increase compulsory super contributions to 12 per cent will reduce wages today, do little to boost the retirement incomes of many low-income workers, and cost the federal budget billions now and well into the future. If politicians really want to help low-income earners, the planned increases should be scrapped.

13 March 2018

Rise in protest votes sounds warning bell for major parties

Protest politics is on the rise in Australia. At the 2016 federal election, votes for minor parties hit their highest level since 1949. More than one in four Australians voted for someone other than the Liberals, Nationals, ALP or Greens in the Senate, and more than one in eight did likewise for the House of Representatives.

5 March 2018

How migration affects housing affordability

So much of Australia’s history and success is built on immigration. Migrants have benefited incumbent Australians by raising incomes, increasing innovation, contributing to government budgets, smoothing over population ageing and diversifying our social fabric. But it is also true that immigration is affecting house prices and rents.

5 March 2018

Beware what you wish for Sydney

Two decades ago, then NSW premier Bob Carr famously declared that Sydney was “full”. But more people came anyway. House prices rose. Now, opposition to development is rising again. Unless today’s generation of politicians stares down the NIMBYs, Sydney will repeat the mistakes of the past, and housing affordability will get worse.