Latest Presentations

1 November 2019

Remembering George Palmer, academic health policy advocate

George Palmer shaped health service management and policy from the 1970s until the end of the 20th century. In this eulogy, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, a former colleague, pays tribute to an Australian with a legacy of academic leadership and public service.

23 October 2019

Policy priorities after the ‘Morrison miracle’

The signs for serious policy reform aren’t promising after the Coalition’s surprise victory in the 2019 federal election. But, as Grattan CEO John Daley details in this presentation, there are a lot of approaching trains.

22 October 2019

Remembering Richard Scotton, co-founder of Medicare

Richard Scotton, a co-founder of Medicare, has died. In this eulogy, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett, a former colleague, pays tribute to an Australian whose contribution to public policy improved Australia.

12 September 2019

The politics of infrastructure

Elections in Australia are increasingly about big transport infrastructure ‘announceables’. But these election promises are usually driven by politics more than evidence.

9 September 2019

Lessons from the National Rental Affordability Scheme

The Rudd government’s National Rental Affordability Scheme was expensive, unfair, and poorly targeted. In this presentation, Grattan’s Brendan Coates identifies better ways to help poor people into housing.

6 August 2019

Prosthesis pricing needs fundamental reform

Prosthesis pricing in Australia doesn’t provide best value to taxpayers, health insurance members, or patients. The current system should be dumped, and replaced by a new approach to paying for surgical care which bundles prosthesis costs into a single price.

5 August 2019

Implications of falling trust for Australia’s politics and society

Trust in government is the lowest on record in Australia. In this presentation,
Danielle Wood identifies numerous causes, nominates several implications, and proposes practical solutions.

5 August 2019

Priorities for the retirement incomes review

The Federal Government has announced a review of Australia’s retirement incomes system. In this presentation, Grattan’s Brendan Coates identifies the big challenges the review should tackle.

2 August 2019

Private health insurance under challenge

Private health insurance coverage is in decline in Australia.
In this presentation, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett proposes a range of potential policy solutions.

19 June 2019

Improving primary care

Australia’s primary care system is failing in the prevention and management of chronic disease. In this presentation, Stephen Duckett urges reform to lengthen GP consultations and reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.