Latest Reports

20 November 2016

Age of entitlement: age-based tax breaks

The Commonwealth could save about $1 billion a year by winding back tax breaks for older Australians that are unduly generous and have no sensible policy rationale.

23 October 2016

Cost overruns in transport infrastructure

Australian governments have spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend. It is time to curb politicians’ reckless promises and create a more accountable basis for infrastructure building.

25 September 2016

Keeping the lights on: lessons from South Australia’s power shock

Soaring wholesale electricity prices in South Australia in July warn of Australia’s failure to combine climate change and energy policies. To ensure that power is reliable, affordable and sustainable, it’s time to heed the lesson.

4 September 2016

A better super system: assessing the 2016 tax reforms

Winding back superannuation tax breaks is an acid test of our political system. It should be one of the first items of business in the current Parliament.

7 August 2016

Mapping Australian higher education 2016

Politicians and business people want students to study science, but half of recent science graduates looking for full-time work can’t find it, according to the fourth Grattan report mapping the state of the higher education sector.

24 July 2016

Perils of place: identifying hotspots of health inequality

Australia’s health system is consistently failing some parts of the country. It’s time for a new, targeted approach.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

25 April 2016

Hot property: negative gearing and capital gains tax

Reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax would save the government about $5.3 billion a year and improve housing affordability without significantly hurting incentives to save. Change is long overdue.

13 April 2016

Peer-to-peer pressure: policy for the sharing economy

The rise of the sharing economy is about much more than saving money on taxi bills. It is changing travel, use of property and the job market. Governments should embrace it while reducing any downsides.

10 April 2016

Climate phoenix: a sustainable Australian climate policy

After a decade of toxic political debate, there is an opportunity to forge a stable and compelling policy on climate change that both major parties can support.

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