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18 May 2021

Prosthesis pricing is a dead parrot

The Government has squibbed an opportunity to reduce private health insurance premiums by ending a protection racket involving private device manufacturers and importers, and private hospitals.

17 May 2021

The rise of transport megaprojects adds to taxpayers’ risk of paying too much

Cost management is too rarely top of mind for governments pursuing big road and rail projects. Here’s how to get them to focus more on what’s important.

14 May 2021

Aged care: a post-Budget scorecard

The injection of extra funds is welcome. But our analysis shows that the Federal Government has failed to implement many of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

12 May 2021

The budget boost to aged care must be just a start

The good news is that Australia’s journey to better aged care has begun. The bad news is that we are still a long way from ending the neglect and ensuring every older Australian can get the care they need.

12 May 2021

A boring budget? Don’t believe it

The Coalition has changed its tune. ‘Back in the black’ is a distant memory. Now the Government is investing big in social spending.

11 May 2021

From hard hats to soft hearts: a tale of two budgets

There’s lots of spending and a big shift in Government priorities. But it’s still not enough on childcare, aged care, and mental health.

10 May 2021

A message to parents: don’t fear NAPLAN

Think about it like a regular trip to the dentist: it’s better to pick up learning problems early so they can be put right before the real pain kicks in down the track.

10 May 2021

What do we get for the millions spent on COVID consultancies?

It’s understandable that the Government wants to get help to manage such an enormous project as the vaccine rollout. But the secrecy surrounding these contracts is unacceptable.

5 May 2021

Budget 2021: If you’re hoping for a cash splash on care, prepare to be disappointed

A big spend on childcare, aged care, and mental health services would deliver a big boost to Australians’ living standards. But all the signs suggest Josh Frydenberg will be less ambitious.

4 May 2021

The market can generate a power supply fix without state involvement

Energy Australia’s Tallawara B gas plant in NSW shows that the private sector can deliver cost-effective, low-emissions electricity. Governments should step back from big-stick interventions.