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16 November 2020

We shouldn’t give politicians blank cheques for megaprojects

Initial government estimates of the cost of major transport projects in Australia are regularly too low, often by huge amounts.

16 November 2020

The COVID crisis must prompt governments to reset their health systems

Victoria was ill-equipped when the pandemic struck. Here’s how next week’s state budget can start to put things right.

10 November 2020

JobMaker needs to be far more ambitious

For a start, the Federal Government’s hiring credit scheme is not available to the bulk of the unemployed. Here’s how to get more Australians back to work.

9 November 2020

$34b and counting: beware cost overruns in an era of megaprojects

When governments underestimate the cost of transport infrastructure, they end up spending money on the wrong projects, and the public is misled. Here’s what should be done to reduce the risks.

26 October 2020

At zero new cases, Victoria is on top of the world

No other place in the world has tamed a COVID-19 second wave this large. Few have even come close.

20 October 2020

The Government is shrinking Australia’s accountability agencies

The Audit Office brought us the sports rorts affair. Now its funding has been cut. It seems accountability is not high on this Government’s priority list.

19 October 2020

No snapback: Australia is heading for an unreasonably slow recovery

The Government hasn’t done enough, and it is withdrawing economic supports too quickly. Without more stimulus, too many Australians will remain jobless for too long.

16 October 2020

What is the electricity transmission system, and why does it need fixing?

Federal Labor has pledged to create a $20 billion corporation to upgrade Australia’s energy transmission system. So what’s all this about? Our Energy Program Director explains.

15 October 2020

The Aged Care Royal Commission has squibbed it on COVID

The Royal Commission has taken a political decision to not confront the question of failure and accountability. Its report is superficial and unhelpful. Its conclusion is misleading and obscures the truth.

13 October 2020

Money for tutors: why other states should follow Victoria’s lead

Struggling students fell further behind during remote learning. They need extra tutoring now that school’s back.