Latest Reports

13 March 2017

Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?

Competition in electricity retailing has failed to deliver lower prices and better services for consumers. Governments will need to step in and re-regulate prices if the industry does not lift its game.

5 March 2017

Cutting a better drug deal

Australians pay more than $500 million a year too much for their prescription drugs. Taxpayers and patients would pay less if the Federal Government made simple changes to the way prices are set under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

26 February 2017

Stagnation nation? Australian investment in a low-growth world

Is Australia at risk of economic stagnation as the mining investment boom fades? While the decline in business investment is no cause for panic, policymakers must do more to ensure we remain a dynamic, growing economy.

5 February 2017

Engaging students: creating classrooms that improve learning

Forty per cent of Australian school students are unproductive in a given year. The education system needs comprehensive reform to tackle widespread student disengagement in class.

4 December 2016

Shared interest: a universal loan fee for HELP

A 15 per cent loan fee on all new tertiary education lending could save the Commonwealth $700 million a year and make HELP fairer and stronger.

30 November 2016

Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister 2016

The 2016 summer reading list for the Prime Minister. Every year Grattan Institute recommends books and articles that the Prime Minister, or any Australian interested in public debate, will find both stimulating and cracking good reads.

27 November 2016

Circuit breaker: a new compact on school funding

A new deal among governments and school systems can end Australia’s toxic school funding debate and transform teaching and learning in schools, without costing the Commonwealth more money.

22 November 2016

A sugary drinks tax: recovering the community costs of obesity

Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to help tackle obesity and recoup some of the $5.3 billion a year the epidemic costs taxpayers.

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.

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