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28 May 2019

Superannuation review first must set goal posts

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg should be commended for announcing plans to review Australia’s retirement incomes system. But to do better, we first need to set up the goalposts. Even though governments spend $50 billion each year on the age pension and another $30 billion on superannuation tax breaks, our retirement incomes system has never had a formal objective.

23 May 2019

Self-interest didn’t swing the election results, but the scare campaign did

Labor’s chances in the 2019 federal election were not sunk by self-funded retirees, but by the very voters who would have been least affected by the ALP’s tax policies.

22 May 2019

Policy priorities for the returned Morrison government

Scott Morrison did not promise big policy changes in the election campaign. But on several issues inaction will be politically unwise. Economic growth is slowing, private health insurance is in a death spiral, home ownership is falling and homelessness rising, and energy costs and emissions are too high.

22 May 2019

Energy: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

The short-term energy outlook may be kind to Scott Morrison. But Coalition party room cohesion will be critical when the winds change – as they will.

21 May 2019

Why super could be part of the fallout from Election 2019

Rethinking the scheduled increase to the Superannuation Guarantee is now a distinct possibility. There’s no obvious reason to increase compulsory contributions — and workers would be the winners if compulsory super contributions were not increased.

21 May 2019

Higher Education: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

Current higher education policy can’t meet Australia’s future needs. Fortunately, there are ways to improve policy without a high cost to the Budget.

19 May 2019

Health: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

High on Minister Greg Hunt’s agenda will be the unmentionables – all the things the Coalition avoided talking about in the campaign but which nevertheless loom as challenges in health policy.

19 May 2019

Education: key challenges for the re-elected Coalition Government

In early childhood education, the Coalition needs to shift focus. It favours childcare at the expense of preschool, but both need investment.

16 May 2019

Lopsided funding gives more public money to private schools

More than 80% of the extra public money to schools over the past decade went to private schools, even though they educate fewer than 20% of Australia’s most disadvantaged students.

16 May 2019

The Lowest Blow of the Campaign Award goes to… the real estate agents

Don’t be scared by the real estate agents’ dire warnings. Labor’s negative gearing policy won’t raise your rent. And if you’re trying to buy your first home, it just might boost your chances.