Latest News and Opinion

1 February 2021

More than half of funding for the major parties remains secret — and this is how they want it

Political parties in Australia collectively received $168 million in donations in the last financial year. But more than half remains hidden from public view.

29 January 2021

Australia’s health system is an accountability black hole

The Productivity Commission’s latest health report provides useful information, but leaves some big questions unanswered.

27 January 2021

Australia’s COVID vaccination challenge

The Federal Government should soon tell us how, when, and where we can get the jab. Here’s how the national vaccine rollout should proceed.

25 January 2021

What parents need to know about tutoring programs for struggling students

NSW and Victoria are funding extra tutors to help children catch-up on learning lost during the COVID lockdowns. Here’s how the schemes will work, and how we can get the most out of them.

4 January 2021

Hang on for a wild climate ride in 2021

Policymakers should take 2021 as an opportunity to reconcile political fears with economic substance and answer one of the most important policy issues of our time: how to deliver reliable, low-emissions energy at lowest cost.

28 December 2020

Australia’s aged care industry needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

The question looming over Australia’s aged care system is whether, in real estate parlance, it’s a renovator’s opportunity, or whether a complete rebuild is required.

16 December 2020

Post-lockdown tutoring is a win for students — but one more step is needed

Governments should evaluate the tutoring blitzes for disadvantaged students, to see what works best in our classrooms.

16 December 2020

The extra money for aged care is welcome, but not enough

The Federal Government must do more than dribble out new home-care packages. It needs to fundamentally transform the system.

11 December 2020

Grattan Institute’s Annual Wonks’ List

Our annual “Wonks’ List” highlights some of the year’s best technical policy reads, for anyone who wants to take a deeper dive.

11 December 2020

Announcing Grattan Institute’s Annual Summer Recommended Reading List for the Prime Minister

Six thought-provoking works have made Grattan Institute’s annual Summer Recommended Reading List for the Prime Minister.