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17 January 2013

Electricity supply and summer heat

Recent heatwaves and bushfires have had people worried about their property, life and health – but one thing they haven’t had to worry about is electricity supply failing during summer peak demand.

19 December 2012

Why high-value jobs will reshape our cities

The rise of knowledge industries is clustering high-value jobs around city centres. Yet housing continues to spread outwards. Can we bring people and jobs closer together?

17 December 2012

Lucy Turnbull joins Grattan Institute board

Grattan Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of business leader and former Sydney Lord Mayor Lucy Turnbull to its board.

12 December 2012

Why the world must keep talking on climate change

The world’s annual climate negotiations seem headed for failure. But for many reasons, nations must stay the course.

11 December 2012

Can we afford to get our cities back on the rails?

Australian cities rely largely on rail lines built before World War II. While rail might be a vital transport option for the future, funding is scarce. To consider the choices we face, we need to understand the history of the rail networks that we take for granted today.

3 December 2012

Fix the electricity mess

The regulation of electricity distribution networks is broken. Fixing it could save consumers $2.2 billion a year, or $100 a week for every household. Here’s how to do it.

30 November 2012

2012 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

Each year Grattan Institute releases a summer reading list for the Prime Minister. It recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find stimulating over the break.

23 November 2012

Sleepers wake: what Australia can learn from Asian schools

Educators who think we cannot learn from the success of education in East Asia are living in the past

13 November 2012

Why the medical intern crisis needs a new approach

This year about half the graduating international students looking for jobs as medical interns won’t find them. Simply funding more positions is not the answer.

8 November 2012

It’s time to talk about nuclear power

Nuclear energy has many problems and many enemies. But Australia might not solve its climate change problem without it.

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