Latest Reports

5 December 2011

2011 Summer reading list for the Prime Minister

Grattan’s annual Prime Minister’s Reading List contains books and articles that we believe the Prime Minister – or indeed any Australian – will find stimulating over the summer break. They’re all good reads that we think say something interesting about Australia and its future.

14 November 2011

Getting the housing we want

Getting the housing we want proposes a new approach to city planning that allows our cities to grow while giving residents a real say in the future of their neighbourhoods.

19 September 2011

What Matters Most? – A Grattan Working Paper

What Matters Most? reveals significant differences in housing priorities across the population. Over time they could lead to large shifts in the housing mix of our cities.

30 August 2011

New protectionism under carbon pricing

The Government’s unduly generous assistance to industry under its carbon emissions package may create a new protectionism. The whole community will pay for unjustified subsidies to the LNG and coal industries.

20 June 2011

The housing we’d choose

Original research on the housing preferences of Australians shows that the housing they would choose is a much more varied mix than either Sydney or Melbourne currently provides.

The report also examines recent construction trends and uncovers barriers to delivering more of the housing people say they want.

24 May 2011

Investing in regions: making a difference

A new Grattan report, Investing in regions: Making a difference, shows that unless governments recognize the fast-changing reality of regional Australia, they will continue to both waste money and deprive many citizens of much-needed services.

18 April 2011

Better teacher appraisal and feedback: improving performance

A new system of teacher appraisal and feedback in Australia would improve teacher effectiveness, recognise our best educators and lift the outcomes of Australian students to the best in the world.

7 April 2011

Learning the hard way: Australia’s policies to reduce emissions

An analysis of more than 300 government programs to tackle climate change since 1997 demonstrates clearly what works and what does not in reducing carbon emissions. What reduces emissions most effectively and cheaply is the creation of a market.

1 February 2011

Australia’s productivity challenge

Australia’s productivity performance has deteriorated over the past decade, across a broad range of industries. In the long run this will impair Australian quality of living, and our ability to respond to everything from an ageing population to climate change.

15 December 2010

Markets to reduce pollution: cheaper than expected

Technology innovation driven by markets is the key to reducing carbon emissions. Experience shows that markets may not be perfect, but they are consistently effective at identifying lower cost opportunities, promoting innovation, and responding flexibly to changes.