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29 June 2020

How to get Australians back to work

A return to ‘full employment’ by mid-2022 will require an extra $70 billion to $90 billion of economic stimulus.

22 June 2020

We’re not done with COVID-19 yet

Australians have given themselves a magnificent advantage. A return to near-normal is in sight. But we must continue to be vigilant against the possibility of a second wave.

22 June 2020

7 lessons for Australia’s health system from the COVID-19 upheaval

Health care must not ‘snap back’ to the old order. From the benefits of telehealth to the importance of integrating public and private systems, the pandemic has shown us a better way.

18 June 2020

How COVID-19 has changed the way we shop

Don’t expect a post-pandemic ‘snap-back’ at shopping centres, food courts, cinemas, and other places where people used to gather to spend money.

18 June 2020

Why Australia needs a $1b, six-month tutoring blitz for disadvantaged students

It would be a win-win-win: the tutors would get extra income, the economy would get extra stimulus and, most importantly, one million disadvantaged students would get the chance for a better life.

15 June 2020

Disadvantaged students may have lost a month’s learning during the COVID crisis

The Federal Government is spending big to stimulate the economy. Some stimulus spending should go to making our education system fairer. Here’s how.

14 June 2020

Queensland has higher priorities than faster trains

In the post-pandemic world, the best infrastructure investment is in improving the productive capacity of the transport system. It’s not a time for politicians to be tempting voters with speculative needs.

12 June 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 response: the four successes and four failures

As Australia eases its restrictions, lessons from four successes and four failures should inform how we transition to a new normal.

11 June 2020

Australia’s COVID-19 response: the story so far

Our response to the pandemic passed through four phases: containment, reassurance amid uncertainty, cautious incrementalism, and escalated national action. Success so far means we now begin a fifth phase: gradual transition to a new normal.

11 June 2020

How to improve JobKeeper

The Government should move to upfront payments, expand the scheme to cover temporary workers and short-term casuals, introduce a separate part-time payment rate, and act quickly to avoid the looming fiscal cliff.