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15 February 2012

‘Surrender charge’ on international units in the Australian ETS

What is a surrender charge, why does Australia need one, and how should policy makers design it?

14 February 2012

A bright shine in small solar fixes: response to the Climate Spectator

Criticisms of the Grattan Institute report ‘No easy choices: which way to Australia’s energy future’, are either incorrect or miss the point of the analysis.

6 February 2012

Low carbon future must also be low cost

It is increasingly clear that a carbon pricing scheme alone will not do enough to enable low-emission technologies to generate enough of our electricity at sufficiently low cost.

24 January 2012

The rights of international students

What entitlements should be available to non-citizens with long-term but temporary residence rights?

21 December 2011

The right way to value solar

There is a right and wrong way to value solar power. How do we avoid the pitfalls, and decide what solar power is worth?

14 December 2011

Subsidy review plan neither fair nor enticing

The latest review of university funding has not found a convincing basis for allocating higher education tuition subsidies.

3 December 2011

Summer reading list for the Prime Minister

Books and articles for a Prime Minister, or any Australian, to read over the summer.

15 November 2011

Balance can be a household word

Australians aren’t getting the housing they want. Residents, denied a say in how their neighbourhood develops, often feel they have no choice but to oppose all change. Developers point to a range of barriers to building the diversity of housing that Australians want. Meanwhile, our cities continue to grow, more residents have to live further from friends, family and jobs, and no one wins.

14 November 2011

A tip for developers – give residents a say if you want the green light

Australians aren’t getting the housing they want. Residents, denied a say in how their neighbourhood develops, often feel they have no choice but to oppose all change. Developers point to a range of barriers to building the diversity of housing that Australians want. Meanwhile, our cities continue to grow, more residents have to live further from friends, family and jobs, and no one wins.

8 November 2011

Filling the university information gap

A report by Victoria’s Ombudsman finds problems in the way universities admit and assess international students. The collection of more independent information about student performance will be an important first step in tackling these problems.