Latest News and Opinion
1 April 2020
The latest figures suggest the pandemic may be able to be brought under control and dealt with in our existing public hospital system. But it’s still too early to say for sure.
31 March 2020
It’s not perfect, but it should give Australia a fighting change of weathering the worst of the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis.
30 March 2020
The size of the economic shock Australia faces points to the need for governments to provide substantial further support to cushion the blow.
27 March 2020
Businesses on the economic frontline need immediate help to get through the COVID-19 crisis. And rent is the biggest barrier to survival.
27 March 2020
When the COVID-19 crisis is over and the schools reopen, there’ll be a lot of catching-up to do. Here are some ways we could help students bounce back.
24 March 2020
To drive infections down, Australia needs political commitment, decisive action, and clear communications — and we need it fast.
23 March 2020
Coronavirus cases are spreading across Australia less rapidly than in many countries, but more rapidly than some. Grattan has produced a chart showing the comparisons. It is updated regularly.
21 March 2020
Ten of thousands of lives depend on the policy choices Australia makes now. None of the options is pleasant, but one is less bad than the others.
19 March 2020
Two policies should form the centrepiece of Stimulus Two: wage and rental relief for businesses, and cash for affected workers. It will be costly and controversial, but it must be done.
18 March 2020
It’s an unusual plan, but we are living in unusual times. Here’s why it makes sense, and how it could work.