Latest Reports

24 May 2020

Fast train fever: Why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t

Australia should dump the decades-old dream of building an east-coast bullet train, and we should be wary of expensive promises to upgrade regional rail lines.

10 May 2020

Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions

Australia has an historic opportunity to create a multi-billion-dollar, export-focused manufacturing sector based on globally competitive renewable energy.

19 April 2020

Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock

Between 14 and 26 per cent of Australian workers could be thrown out of work as a direct result of the coronavirus shutdown, and the crisis will have an enduring impact on jobs and the economy for years to come.

21 March 2020

COVID-19: The endgame, and how to get there

Ten of thousands of lives depend on the policy choices Australia makes now. None of the options is pleasant, but one is less bad than the others.

9 February 2020

Top teachers: sharing expertise to improve teaching

A new career path for expert teachers could boost student learning by 18 months by age 15. Australian students’ performance is falling in international tests. Here’s how we can better use our best teachers to improve teaching.

2 February 2020

No free lunch: higher super means lower wages

Our analysis of 80,000 federal workplace agreements shows that about 80 per cent of the cost of increases in super is passed to workers through lower wage rises within the life of an enterprise agreement.

3 December 2019

Saving private health 2: Making private health insurance viable

The only way that private hospital insurance can survive as Australia’s population ages is to make insurance cheaper for younger, healthier people.

2 December 2019

Summer reading list for the Prime Minister 2019

Six books Scott Morrison should read over the summer holidays (and you might like them too).

25 November 2019

Saving private health 1: reining in hospital costs and specialist bills

Private health insurance premiums could be cut by up to 10 per cent if private hospitals were made more efficient. And patients would save a further $350 million a year if greedy doctors stopped charging more than twice the Medicare Benefits Schedule fee.

20 October 2019

Right time, right place, right price: a practical plan for congestion charging in Sydney and Melbourne

Drivers should be charged $5 to enter the Sydney and Melbourne CBDs in the morning peak and another $5 to exit in the afternoon peak, as part of a package of reforms to make our biggest cities work better.