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21 September 2019

How policy makers should respond to Australia’s slowing economy

A panel of experts, including Grattan’s Brendan Coates, discuss whether the Reserve Bank of Australia is doing enough, and whether the Federal Government needs to do more, to stimulate our sluggish economy.

19 September 2019

If we believe in the fair go, we have to tackle housing

Rising house prices have increased wealth inequality in Australia. Policy makers need a clearer view on how to make housing more affordable. Here are some suggestions.

9 September 2019

How a rental scheme for poorer Australians became a $1b windfall for developers and investors

The Rudd government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme was expensive, inefficient, and poorly targeted. There are better ways to help poor people into housing.

9 September 2019

How to keep the lights on in NSW

NSW should be able to cope comfortably with the impending closure of the Liddell coal power station in the Hunter Valley. Here’s how.

9 September 2019

How to keep the lights on in Victoria

Rather than engaging in a blame game, the federal and Victorian governments should take four positive steps to make electricity more affordable and reliable.

3 September 2019

Three ways to start fixing Australia’s energy policy mess

If we are prepared to reform our existing markets and institutions then we could reclaim the competitive energy advantage that we have thrown away.

3 September 2019

Three charts on teachers’ pay in Australia

Depending on who you ask, our teachers are either some of the best paid in the world, or they’re underpaid. Here are the facts: Australian teachers get a very decent starting salary, but their pay quickly falls behind that of other professionals.

26 August 2019

Why our best and brightest don’t teach

For a school-leaver with a high ATAR, choosing teaching is a long-term financial sacrifice. Faced with this prospect, most high achievers interested in teaching are deciding to enrol in other degrees instead.

26 August 2019

How to get our top students to become teachers

Australia’s young high achievers are turning their backs on teaching. They want to make a difference in their careers, and they are interested in teaching, but when it comes to the crunch they choose professions with better pay and more challenge.

20 August 2019

Youth discounts fail to keep young people in private health insurance

It may be too early to declare the new youth discount policy a complete failure, but the Government and the industry need to consider bolder policies. Here’s one option.