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.

15 June 2017

Submission to the Major Bank Levy Bill 2017

The Federal Government has failed to make the case for its new levy on the big banks. In this submission to the Senate Economics Committee, Grattan’s Productivity Growth Program Director Jim Minifie argues that, in the absence of such a case, the levy can be seen as an opportunistic grab for cash.

11 August 2016

Ride-sharing reforms: a win for Queenslanders

From September 5, Uber and other ride-sharing services will be legal in Queensland, as they already are in the ACT and NSW. How do the proposed reforms stack up?

3 May 2016

Infographic: the size of Australia’s government

These eight charts show where Australia’s federal government spends money, and how this compares to other OECD countries.

9 August 2015

An uber-headache may help consumers win

Rather than closing their eyes to it, state governments should embrace ride sourcing and update regulation so consumers can enjoy the benefits of new and cheaper ways to get around.

16 May 2015

Budget analysis: Future taxpayers will pay the price

This budget is all about the short term. Meanwhile the real work of structural budget repair has been put off for at least another year, which just defers (and increases) the ultimate burden to be met by future taxpayers.

14 October 2014

Competitiveness: Three wins but is the money well spent?

The government has released its industry and competitiveness agenda, a statement of intent with a handful of new initiatives.

18 August 2014

New rules needed to make election promises more transparent

The Parliamentary Budget Office has done a good job providing public costings of political promises since it was established in 2012. But to be most effective, it needs to be able to release costings earlier in election campaigns.

19 September 2011

Inquiry won’t stop a changing world

In assessing the impact of the internet on newspapers, the Government’s media inquiry should consider if the best government response may be to do nothing at all.