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21 February 2017

Labor’s climate policy could remove the need for renewable energy targets

Labor has this week moved towards a credible climate change policy. Meanwhile, we’re unlikely to know the Coalition government’s full policy until after it completes the 2017 Climate Change Policy Review and receives the Finkel Review’s final report.

21 February 2017

WestConnex audit offers another $17b lesson in how not to fund infrastructure

The way we throw money at major transport projects almost guarantees billions of Australian taxpayers’ dollars are wasted. The A$16.8 billion investment in Sydney’s WestConnex motorway joins the long list of big, bungled transport investment decisions by Australian governments, both federal and state.

17 February 2017

Refining the way we measure health system performance

The Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council is reviewing the way the performance of the health system is tracked. This submission details Grattan’s views on the proposed changes, and our recommendations for further improvements.

14 February 2017

A four-step circuit-breaker for the energy row

A high-stakes, take-no-prisoners, political battle over Australia’s electricity system looks destined to leave our homes and businesses as collateral damage. Even a coalition of unusual partners across energy suppliers, customers and environmental groups seems unable to be heard. A circuit breaker is desperately needed.

13 February 2017

FactCheck: is Australia below the international average when it comes to school funding?

Current school funding arrangements run out at the end of this year, and schools need to know what will replace them. So this year we can expect to hear arguments over how much funding different parts of government should provide, how funding should grow over time, and how it should be allocated.

13 February 2017

Supplementary Submission to Senate Standing Economics Committee Inquiry into the Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016

This submission updates our analysis of the Government’s package of super tax reforms, discusses retirement income policy, and acknowledges the diversity of savings behaviour, and the substantial savings outside of super that exist to support the retirement of many Australian households.

8 February 2017

Quality and safety of care: the role of boards

Health Program Director, Stephen Duckett gave a presentation at the Australian Institute of Company Directors Health Directors’ Breakfast on 8 February 2017 based on the review of hospital safety and quality assurance in Victoria, Targeting Zero.

6 February 2017

The hidden problem in our classrooms: unproductive and unengaged students

As many as 40 per cent of Australia’s school students are unproductive in a given year. This matters: unproductive students are on average one to two years behind their peers.

2 February 2017

PM steers for the radical centre on energy policy

Australia’s self-styled pragmatic, reasonable, reasoned Prime Minister is trying to forge a radical-centre energy policy for the nation, between the polar extremes of close-coal-now (the Greens and their fellow travellers) and the dump-the-RET-now lobby (the Coalition right-wingers).

2 February 2017

When comfort in retirement comes at too great a cost

We need a clear objective for what our superannuation system should achieve. Recognising that higher retirement incomes come at a cost – to workers and other taxpayers – would be a good place to start.

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