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8 March 2021

Women’s economic progress has stalled in the shadow of COVID

Beyond token statements, federal and state governments should put their money where their mouth is and build a recovery for all Australians.

2 March 2021

The Morrison Government must not take the easy out on aged care

The PM and his ministers should not hide behind the Royal Commission’s indecision. Australians should demand that they finally fix this broken system.

2 March 2021

What now for aged care?

After the Royal Commission’s shocking final report, Australians should demand an aged-care system that protects the rights, upholds the dignity, and celebrates the contribution of all older Australians.

25 February 2021

Now is an especially bad time to cut unemployment benefits

The new JobSeeker rate is way below the poverty line and the second-stingiest payment in the OECD for newly unemployed people.

24 February 2021

Why teachers need better pay and career paths

In 2019 Victoria’s Education Minister publicly supported a Grattan recommendation to increase top teacher pay by up to $80,000. But it hasn’t yet happened.

22 February 2021

Making progress in the combat for climate policy

A pragmatic review of the status of our climate change policy debate and the challenges ahead could shed some light on possible ways forward for politicians from both sides, and for Australians in general.

16 February 2021

How to fix Australia’s quarantine system

The Federal Government needs to show national leadership in the pandemic by living up to its constitutional responsibilities for quarantining.

8 February 2021

Morrison scores a climate own goal

Ruling out a carbon price denies the Coalition the most effective way of getting the technology solution that it wants.

2 February 2021

Don’t worry: the pension will still be there when you need it

Most Australians fear the age pension won’t exist by retirement. Relax. It’s here for the long haul.

2 February 2021

New data expose significant problems in residential aged care

Aged care in Australia suffers from an accountability deficit. But new data is emerging which creates a compelling case for reform.