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29 September 2017

‘No one is steering the ship’: five lessons learned (or not) since the SA blackout

Looking back on the past year, we have come a long way, but it is still not clear where we are going and who will steer us there. Australians must hope that the new Energy Security Board, which includes the heads of the three main energy institutions, can help state and federal governments chart a steady course.

27 September 2017

Submission to Tax Expenditure Statement Consultation

Tax expenditures are inherently more difficult to measure and observe than government spending. They do not attract the same scrutiny despite their often large budget impact. John Daley and Brendan Coates address three particular issues in response to the Treasury’s Tax Expenditure Statement (TES) Consultation Paper and presents their views on whether and how the TES can be improved.

22 September 2017

Australia’s health system is enviable, but there’s room for improvement

Australians are rightly proud of their health system and value Medicare highly. But this is not to say they see the health system through rose-coloured glasses. Health care regularly rates as one of the top three issues of concern to voters. Core to all reform proposals in Australia is a commitment to maintain universal access and tax-based financing.

18 September 2017

Walking and chewing gum – submission to the Department of Health’s Options Paper

The Commonwealth Health Department is trying to ease pressure on the private health insurance industry by addressing the growth in the number of private patients who get treated in public hospitals. But the department’s Options Paper is deeply flawed: it misidentifies the problem, raises unfeasible options, and fails to consider all the options for responding to the identified problem.

17 September 2017

The young are losing out as the great Australian wealth gap grows wider

Malcolm Turnbull be warned: the wealth gap between young and old Australians is getting wider and it could transform our politics.

12 September 2017

Submission to the independent review into regional, rural and remote education

Australia needs to address the education gap between metropolitan and rural students. Rural students are less likely to go to university, and are more likely to leave university without gaining a degree. Government policy should encourage rural students to study full-time and on-campus soon after leaving school, to enhance their chances of success.

12 September 2017

What philanthropy, advocacy, and policy influencers can learn from political economy

Philanthropic funding to advocate for the broad public interest is vital to getting better government. Speaking at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, John Daley explores four themes about the public interest and philanthropy.

11 September 2017

Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last week’s announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station in New South Wales in 2022. The sight of the Prime Minister looking for options to keep Liddell open raises the spectre of further reflexive government intervention that can’t end well.

10 September 2017

Will policy stability really fix the national energy market and boost capacity?

Australia needs affordable, reliable, secure and sustainable power. But last week the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) warned of imminent shortages and longer-term problems. Governments are inclined to intervene even as industry pleads for stable policy. Homes and businesses face a clear and present danger: unaffordable and unreliable power and rising greenhouse gas emissions.

10 September 2017

Philanthropy important when the public interest often has few friends

This week “philanthropy” meets “parliament” in a biennial summit at Parliament House in Canberra. In the past this might well have been a feel-good exercise in which prominent philanthropists were feted for their good works funding new hospital wings and housing the homeless. But philanthropy is increasingly meeting parliament in ways that are less comfortable.

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