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24 November 2017

Energy ministers’ power policy pow-wow is still driven more by headlines than details

A quick scan of this week’s headlines shows the government’s new energy plan would “slash A$120 off power bills” and that the “Turnbull government plan to address energy crisis predicts A$400 price drop”. Yes, the initial findings of the modelling of the federal government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) are out. Cue the latest round of bluster, misinformation and confusion.

22 November 2017

Regulation, Private Health Insurance, and the Australian Health System

Should government intervene in a private health insurance market? Any nation contemplating such a move should study the Australian experience, writes Grattan’s Health Program Director Stephen Duckett is this paper co-authored by Fiona McDonald from the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

22 November 2017

Making housing more affordable requires answers that address supply and demand

Improving affordability will require policies affecting both demand and supply. Reducing demand – such as by reducing the capital gains tax discount and abolishing negative gearing – would reduce prices somewhat. But in the long term, boosting the supply of housing will have the biggest impact on affordability.

22 November 2017

Young Australians will wear the costs of Turnbull’s middle income tax cut

If the Prime Minister pursues the sugar hit of tax cuts without the difficult work on paying for them, then politics will once again have trumped policy and the economic future of today’s young Australians.

22 November 2017

There is no credible alternative to the National Energy Guarantee

The NEG is far from perfect, primarily because the hard work of detailed design has yet to be done. The next best step would be for all parties to commit to making the NEG a workable solution to a serious national problem.

21 November 2017

‘Finkel’s new energy report’ isn’t new and it isn’t by Finkel

The headline almost writes itself: “Finkel backs Labor’s renewables policy”. But our politicians need to focus on the substance of the energy and climate-change policy debate, rather than the headlines.

16 November 2017

Same-sex marriage results crush the idea that Australian voters crave conservatism

Australians have overwhelmingly voted “yes” for same-sex marriage. This means politicians will have to give up relying on the myth that a cultural backlash against the progressive agenda is driving voters to minor parties.

8 November 2017

Infections, complications and safety breaches: why patients need better data on how hospitals compare

Australia’s health system is an information industry – it is awash with data. Tragically, though, the data is not well collated, not put into the hands of the people responsible for acting on it. Nor is it shared with patients.

31 October 2017

The value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

Opening remarks by Dr Stephen Duckett, to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry on the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.

30 October 2017

Making better use of My Health Record data submission

The ‘My Health Record’ data should be released to policy researchers to improve the quality of health care in Australia. The record provides a central, lifelong depository for each patient’s medical records, accessible to providers and patients. But the data should be able to be analysed to understand wider patterns and trends in health care.

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