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10 November 2019

A simple reform to improve our democracy

Putting a cap on the amount of money that parties can spend during election campaigns would reduce the ‘arms race’ for donations and help restore trust in politics.

7 November 2019

Private health insurers should start paying for hospital-type care at home

The public health system has already expanded its alternatives to hospital inpatient care. It’s time for the private system to do the same.

7 November 2019

How money is influencing Australian politics

The latest political donations disclosures tell us a lot about the capacity of independents to be a force for change. But it’s far from the full story.

30 October 2019

Five charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

To make sense of the Newstart debate, it helps to know something about who receives unemployment payments. The answers may surprise you.

29 October 2019

How to improve car insurance: lessons from private health insurance

Car insurance obviously needs reform and can learn from how private health insurance operates. The car insurance market doesn’t give consumers enough choice, or the thrill of the unexpected. So here’s a four-part proposal to improve car insurance.

25 October 2019

Congestion charging is a smart way to make our cities work better

Many of us pay quite a bit of money to be on the road. But we also pay with something else valuable – our time. Congestion charging will help us get some of that time back.

23 October 2019

New honour for Grattan Program Director

Grattan’s Energy Program Director Tony Wood has been elected to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Tony is among 25 leaders in applying science, technology, and engineering to solve real-world problems elected to one of Australia’s Learned Academies.

15 October 2019

The hipster trustbusters

Grattan’s Danielle Wood reviews two new books which tell the story of the young lawyers who are leading the global backlash against the biggest companies.

14 October 2019

Sydney, it’s time to embrace congestion charging

Even a modest charge could mean up to 40 per cent fewer cars entering the central area in the morning peak, and speed increases similar to those from building new freeways that cost billions of dollars.

14 October 2019

Why congestion charging is fairer than you might think

If Sydney or Melbourne were to introduce a peak-period congestion charge around their CBDs, how many vulnerable people would be affected? Hardly any. Our research shows the drivers who would pay the charge tend to be doing just fine.