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15 June 2020

Disadvantaged students may have lost a month’s learning during the COVID crisis

The Federal Government is spending big to stimulate the economy. Some stimulus spending should go to making our education system fairer. Here’s how.

14 June 2020

Queensland has higher priorities than faster trains

In the post-pandemic world, the best infrastructure investment is in improving the productive capacity of the transport system. It’s not a time for politicians to be tempting voters with speculative needs.

12 June 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 response: the four successes and four failures

As Australia eases its restrictions, lessons from four successes and four failures should inform how we transition to a new normal.

11 June 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 response: the story so far

Our response to the pandemic passed through four phases: containment, reassurance amid uncertainty, cautious incrementalism, and escalated national action. Success so far means we now begin a fifth phase: gradual transition to a new normal.

11 June 2020

How to improve JobKeeper

The Government should move to upfront payments, expand the scheme to cover temporary workers and short-term casuals, introduce a separate part-time payment rate, and act quickly to avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

9 June 2020

Continuity is key to keeping telehealth viable

Expanding telehealth will not be problem-free. Telehealth will not be appropriate for every patient. The ‘digital divide’ means that a patient’s digital and health literacy will need to be assessed.

8 June 2020

The pandemic has given us a chance to reimagine healthcare

Australia was slow to embrace telehealth. But we embraced it during the COVID-19 crisis, and there should be no turning back now.

4 June 2020

Governance lessons for Australia from COVID-19

The pandemic transformed Australia’s health system as new ways of working were implemented with unbelievable speed. The big question now is, can we lock-in reforms that benefit patients and taxpayers?

4 June 2020

A success story: Australia’s COVID-19 response

Four key factors enabled Australia to control the virus. Four key failings meant we didn’t do as well as we could have. Now the challenge is to prevent a second wave of infection.

4 June 2020

The dos and don’ts of post-pandemic stimulus

If governments are going to add to the growing debt mountain, they should do so in a way that sets us up for the future we’ll actually have, not the one we imagined before COVID-19.