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16 January 2020

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australia needs?

Crises can provide a window for big policy changes. But despite the environmental catastrophe of this summer, the early signals from the federal government are not good.

7 January 2020

Good policy making is a game of inches, not kneejerk reactions

It’s getting harder to pursue policy change in the public interest in Australia. Many in the electorate are reluctant to engage in the give and take that is the essence of good government.

7 January 2020

Getting past a lost decade on energy policy

As we enter the 2020s, there is an opportunity to plot a clear pathway to a new energy future – that of near-zero emissions, while maintaining reliability and low-cost.

18 December 2019

Smoke and mirrors: inside the great private health insurance premium drama

Look closely: there’s a lot more to the latest premium increases than meets the eye.

16 December 2019

Five things MYEFO tells us about the economy and the nation’s finances

The pre-Christmas economic update confirms that low wage growth is the new normal — and that the Federal Government will need to exercise extraordinary spending restraint if it is to make the surplus forecasts stick.

10 December 2019

What next for Australia’s education system after abysmal PISA results?

After last week’s abysmal PISA results, many parents and teachers are wondering what the future of learning in Australia will entail. But there is a way out of this mess.

9 December 2019

Estonia didn’t deliver its PISA results on the cheap, and neither will Australia

Education news in Australia last week was dominated by Australia’s worst ever showing in the OECD’s PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests. The mathematical literacy of our students has fallen to the OECD average. It’s not good enough for a rich country like Australia. Improving outcomes will need good policy, steady support for schools, and consistent hard work.

4 December 2019

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Young people don’t see private health insurance as good value for money. And they’re right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums.

4 December 2019

How Australia can climb up the education ranking systems

The latest OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results show a long-term decline in reading, maths and science skills for Australian students. For Australia to improve, it is not about radically changing policy directions, or doing one thing differently. Instead, Australia must do many things better; much, much better. We must do them more systematically and with more intensity.

26 November 2019

Saving private health must start at the hospital

Too many private hospitals provide too much care that is of little or even no value to the patient. Here’s how to make them more efficient and less wasteful.