2 October 2017
Road congestion charges should be introduced in Sydney and Melbourne. An examination of 3.5 million Google Maps trip-time estimates across more than 350 routes suggests both cities could face traffic gridlock in future unless decisive action is taken to manage congestion.
10 September 2017
Australia’s electricity system is under pressure like never before. Work should start immediately on a new ‘capacity mechanism’ in case it is needed to ensure reliable supplies in future.
2 August 2017
The popular idea that the economic divide between Australia’s cities and regions is getting bigger is a misconception. Beneath the oft-told ‘tale of two Australias’ is a more nuanced story.
21 May 2017
Urgent action is needed to reduce the risk of power blackouts this summer. But the danger is politicians panicking and rushing to decisions that push up electricity prices and make it harder to cut emissions. What’s needed is market reform, not government investments in generation.
1 May 2017
Simple reforms to Australia’s health system could help save more than $320 million a year on avoidable hospital admissions and provide better care for people with diabetes, asthma, heart disease and other chronic conditions.
19 March 2017
State governments should be wary of following the Turnbull Government’s advice to introduce “value capture” schemes to fund major new transport projects. A broad-based, low-rate land tax may be a better option.
13 March 2017
Competition in electricity retailing has failed to deliver lower prices and better services for consumers. Governments will need to step in and re-regulate prices if the industry does not lift its game.
5 March 2017
Australians pay more than $500 million a year too much for their prescription drugs. Taxpayers and patients would pay less if the Federal Government made simple changes to the way prices are set under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
26 February 2017
Is Australia at risk of economic stagnation as the mining investment boom fades? While the decline in business investment is no cause for panic, policymakers must do more to ensure we remain a dynamic, growing economy.
5 February 2017
Forty per cent of Australian school students are unproductive in a given year. The education system needs comprehensive reform to tackle widespread student disengagement in class.