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14 October 2019

Sydney, it’s time to embrace congestion charging

Even a modest charge could mean up to 40 per cent fewer cars entering the central area in the morning peak, and speed increases similar to those from building new freeways that cost billions of dollars.

14 October 2019

Why congestion charging is fairer than you might think

If Sydney or Melbourne were to introduce a peak-period congestion charge around their CBDs, how many vulnerable people would be affected? Hardly any. Our research shows the drivers who would pay the charge tend to be doing just fine.

13 October 2019

Melbourne, it’s time to embrace congestion charging

Even a modest charge could mean up to 40 per cent fewer cars entering the central area in the morning peak, and speed increases similar to those from building new freeways that cost billions of dollars.

10 October 2019

Time to kill the private health insurance zombies

Two zombie policies stalk the private health policy world: a ‘Hospital Benefits Schedule’ and ‘Medicare Select’. Here’s why both should have been put to rest long ago.

8 October 2019

A bigger cash handout is not the answer for private health insurance woes

It’s time for the private health industry to grow up and tackle its problems itself, instead of deflecting the blame.

8 October 2019

Short-term power fixes are breaking the energy market

Every ad hoc solution that governments pile on the energy market is making it harder to deliver the price and security outcomes that politicians and customers want.

8 October 2019

No more Hazelwoods: a proposal to ensure coal plants close in an orderly way

Our policy would give a clear signal for investment in new, clean power supply before – not after – coal closures, and better manage Australia’s energy transition.

5 October 2019

How to improve teaching and lift student performance

Australia’s teacher workforce should be redesigned. Here’s some suggestions to make teaching more rewarding and respected.

3 October 2019

Enjoy life, you’re only old once!

Older Australians are generous to a fault when it comes to helping their own children. But retirees could help all young people by supporting the winding back of tax breaks that benefit the elderly but squeeze the young.

26 September 2019

Debunking dangerous myths about teachers’ pay

Australians have been told, yet again, that our teachers are among the highest-paid in the world. It’s a misleading claim that damages teacher quality and therefore student performance.