Latest Reports

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.

13 October 2019

Why it’s time for congestion charging: better ways to manage busy urban roads

Australia’s capital cities should join many of the great cities of the world by charging drivers who use the busiest roads at the busiest times.

7 October 2019

Power play: how governments can better direct Australia’s electricity market

Chaotic approaches to energy policy have pushed up electricity prices and scared off investors. Governments feel compelled to respond to blackouts or high prices, but ad hoc actions have actually made things worse.

25 August 2019

Attracting high achievers to teaching

Top teachers should be able to earn $80,000 a year more, and top school-leavers should get $10,000-a-year scholarships if they take up teaching, as part of a $1.6 billion reform package to boost teacher quality and student performance.

18 August 2019

Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

Today’s young Australians are falling behind. If low wage growth and fewer working hours is the new normal, we could have a generation emerge from young adulthood with lower living standards than the one before it at the same age.

11 August 2019

Risks and rewards: when is vocational education a good alternative to higher education?

Some university students with low school results would be better off doing vocational education instead. Vocational diplomas in construction, engineering, and commerce typically lead to higher incomes than many low-ATAR uni graduates are likely to earn, especially those with degrees in science and humanities.

15 July 2019

The history and purposes of private health insurance

The private health insurance industry fears it is in a death spiral, and politicians need to rethink whether or to what extent taxpayers should continue to subsidise the industry.

30 June 2019

Budget blues: why the Stage 3 income tax cuts should wait

Federal Parliament should pass the Government’s Stage 1 tax cuts immediately to stimulate the economy. But it should defer consideration of the controversial Stage 3 cuts because they may be unaffordable.

16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

17 March 2019

Filling the gap: A universal dental care scheme for Australia

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for dental care, so all Australians can go to the dentist when they need to. It would cost $5.6 billion a year and should be phased in over 10 years.