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23 May 2018

Why an adaptive education system would improve school outcomes

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

We can’t begin to fix our housing crisis until our leaders start levelling with the public

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

Five things we wouldn’t know without NAPLAN

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

Finkel Review and the future market

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

Will the banking royal commission push down property prices?

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

To avoid uni drop outs, vocational ed needs a boost

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 Coalition’s tax plan favours the rich and doesn’t solve bracket creep for middle-income earners

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

Budget 2018 was old news for energy policy – the next big headlines won’t come until July

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

Budget 2018: built on good fortune, relying on luck

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.

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