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23 May 2018
Australia faces three overarching challenges in school education: to improve learning in core academic areas; to better prepare young people for adult life; and to do so in a way that is fair for all. In this presentation, Peter Goss explores ways to improve teaching practice so all students learn more.
22 May 2018
Governments at both Federal and State level are still avoiding the politically difficult changes that would make a real difference to housing affordability. But we won’t make progress unless our leaders eschew the popular but ineffective options in favour of planning and tax reforms that could actually improve affordability.
15 May 2018
NAPLAN, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy, has been a prominent part of Australia’s education landscape since 2008, when it was introduced by then Education Minister Julia Gillard. It’s a controversial test, lauded by some but disliked by many. Ten years on, the role of NAPLAN is under question, with some arguing it should be dropped entirely. Here’s why it’s a vital navigation tool for policy makers and researchers.
14 May 2018
CEDA has selected an address by Grattan’s Energy Program Director Tony Wood as one of its Top 10 speeches on energy policy over the past decade. The speech, delivered in June 2017, highlighted the importance of the Finkel Energy Review, beyond its headline-attracting call for a Clean Energy Target.
14 May 2018
The Financial Services Royal Commission has exposed some irresponsible lending by Australia’s biggest banks. Some of the revelations from the commission have affected certain banks’ share prices but not their profits. The question is whether the information brought to light by the commission will further push down property prices?
14 May 2018
For universities, budget week brought bigger news from the opposition than the government. Bill Shorten committed Labor to restoring the demand-driven funding system. If Labor wins the next election, public universities could again enrol unlimited numbers of domestic bachelor degree students.
11 May 2018
The top 20 per cent of income earners in Australia will benefit most from the Turnbull government’s tax plan, unveiled in the 2018 budget. Our analysis shows most of the revenue reductions to government from the plan are the result of lower taxes on high-income earners.
10 May 2018
Grattan modelling of the government’s Personal Income Tax Plan highlights costly cuts to taxes for high-income earners
Most of the revenue reductions from the Turnbull Government’s Personal Income Tax Plan are the result of lower taxes on high-income earners. Grattan analysis shows that once the three-stage plan is complete, $15 billion of the annual $25 billion cost will result from collecting less tax from the top 20 per cent of income earners.
9 May 2018
As with many previous budgets, matters relating to energy and climate change were relegated to little more than a footnote in Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2018 budget speech. And even the contents of that footnote told us nothing new.
9 May 2018
Scott Morrison was all smiles as he handed down his pre-election budget on Tuesday night. Economic good times — at least compared to forecasts — allowed him to announce income tax cuts and an early return to surplus while making very few difficult spending decisions. But the new medium-term target of capping taxes as a share of the economy will only be achievable with superhuman spending restraint: and both history and demographic forces will be against him.