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29 July 2020

Aged care deaths should have been prevented

As the baby boomers reach their 80s, many more Australians will need aged care. Most won’t want what’s currently on offer.

29 July 2020

Sweden is no model for Australia on coronavirus

Loose restrictions make the virus harder to control. And when the virus is out of control, people die and the economy suffers.

24 July 2020

Questions of governance: reflections from a primary health network

A board with the appropriate mix of generic skills, industry experience, and diversity will lead to better governance of not-for-profit organisations, and through that, better outcomes.

23 July 2020

Five things you need to know about the budget update

In the midst of the COVID recession, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has missed a golden opportunity to commit to new stimulus measures to support jobs and the recovery.

22 July 2020

How to get both JobKeeper and JobSeeker

Treasury expects 1.5 million people to be on JobSeeker by the end of the year, and about 245,000 to receive both JobSeeker and JobKeeper. That will leave about 1.25 million to get by on the lower JobSeeker alone.

22 July 2020

Refining JobKeeper makes sense, but the fiscal cliff remains steep

Reducing government spending by close to $10 billion a month will leave a big hole in the economy. More traditional fiscal stimulus will be needed to create jobs and get the economy moving again.

21 July 2020

Why JobSeeker should be raised permanently

A $100-a-week rise is not extravagant. It would still leave Australia’s unemployment benefit as one of the lowest in the OECD.

17 July 2020

Victoria’s latest elective surgery slowdown is painful but necessary

It’s a lot better result than the alternative, which is the possibility of seriously ill people being turned away by hospitals or denied effective treatment.

13 July 2020

Intensive care beds: Stephen Duckett responds to Health Minister Greg Hunt

After our warnings in March, governments changed policies and intensive care units were not overwhelmed. We chalked that up as contributing to a good outcome.

9 July 2020

Young Australians need special care through the COVID crisis

Even before coronavirus, Australia was at risk of leaving a generation behind. That risk is now heightened but, with the right policy reforms, the young need not foot the entire COVID bill.