Latest Reports

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.

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.