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17 September 2020

Time to rethink discount rates

It’s bizarre that almost all Australian jurisdictions have opted, since at least 1989, to use a discount rate of 7 per cent for most infrastructure projects, irrespective of project risk or real interest rates.

17 September 2020

After the lockdown, we should rethink the elective surgery system

A return to business as usual would be a missed opportunity. The system needs to be more efficient. For some people, non-surgery alternatives should be considered.

16 September 2020

Governments need to spend big to hasten recovery

The road out of the COVID recession will be long and hard unless governments quickly inject extra stimulus

12 September 2020

The way out of the COVID-19 recession

Government policy choices in coming weeks and months will help determine how quickly Australia can recover.

9 September 2020

There’s no spark of economic revival in this energy policy

Forget talk of a gas-led or renewables-led recovery. Revival requires credible, stable, integrated energy and climate policy.

9 September 2020

Australia needs to spend big on stimulus

Unless we get unemployment down quickly, young Australians will wear the scars of the COVID recession for a decade. Here’s how to do it.

9 September 2020

What NSW could learn from Victoria about fighting COVID-19

NSW has been lucky. It shouldn’t be smug because it is only one ‘super spreader’ event away from a big outbreak that may necessitate harsh, Victorian-style restrictions.

8 September 2020

The PM is wrong: aged care should not be ‘pre-palliative care’

If we are serious about older Australians’ rights, we need to stop describing residential care as a place we ‘put’ people while we wait for them to die.

8 September 2020

Victoria’s COVID roadmap and the 5 stages of grief

Premier Dan Andrews’ plan is mostly right but partly wrong. It’s way too complex, but it has the right goal: zero active cases in the community.

7 September 2020

The PM is right: all governments need to spend more to get us out of the COVID crisis

There is a banquet of worthwhile options governments should be considering, and they shouldn’t fight over who picks up the tab — because if they don’t do more, the recession will last longer.