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30 November 2020

A new governance approach to aged care

The current, overly centralised system has failed to prevent the abuse and neglect of older Australians. There is a better way.

30 November 2020

The pension is here to stay (and that’s a good thing)

The main problems with Australia’s retirement incomes system are the big holes in the publicly funded social safety net rather than in the superannuation system.

29 November 2020

Three ways to transform our Soviet-style aged care mess

Australia can have a rights-based system that would empower older Australians to get the support they need to be independent and engaged in the community for as long as possible. Here’s how.

29 November 2020

Better aged care through individual service agreements

Even in ‘good’ residential care homes, the physical environment, meals, social relationships, and recreational activities are highly institutionalised. Not surprisingly, almost no one wants to go there.

24 November 2020

Lifters not leaners: Victoria steps in where the federal budget did not

The 2020 Victorian Budget is the right package for this recession. It supports the sectors and workers the Morrison Government’s budget forgot.

22 November 2020

Australia needs new-generation thinking on retirement incomes

The superannuation industry resists reform, because billions of dollars in super fees and major political legacies are at stake. But their self-interested protestations should be ignored.

20 November 2020

5 key takeaways from the Retirement Income Review

Perhaps the most important is that the Government needs to do something dramatic to ensure Australians who rent can avoid poverty in retirement.

19 November 2020

More expensive but less effective: the US healthcare system explained

Americans are suffering and dying because of a terrible trifecta: a weak health system, a national individualistic orientation, and a COVID-denying president.

16 November 2020

If you’re cooking with gas, think again

Over time, many households in Australia will need to find cleaner and smarter ways to cook, heat water, and warm their homes in winter.

16 November 2020

Science and economics mean the way we use natural gas must fundamentally change

Prevarication by government and industry, or thinking we can avoid the challenges ahead, will only make things more expensive in the long run.