Latest Reports

1 December 2013

Poor pricing progress: price disclosure isn’t the answer to high drug prices

Prescription drug prices are falling, but not far or fast enough. It is time the Government got smart, looked at prices overseas, and saved Australians more than $1 billion a year.

24 November 2013

Balancing budgets: tough choices we need

Governments face deficits of up to $60 billion a year by 2023 unless they take brave decisions to balance budgets. Here is a way to do it.

14 November 2013

2013 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

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

20 October 2013

Renovating housing policy

Government tax and welfare policies are worsening the divide between those who own homes and those who do not. Housing policy is overdue for a major renovation to create more productive cities and a fairer Australia.

29 September 2013

Access all areas: new solutions for GP shortages in rural Australia

More than a million Australians in rural and remote areas lack access to basic medical care. The solution is relatively simple and cheap, if policymakers adopt new responses to an old problem.

6 August 2013

Keep the caps off

The Government should reconsider any plan to end its university open access policy. For a small saving, the change would reduce the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, hurt university innovation and shrink the supply of graduates into areas of shortage.

28 July 2013

The mining boom: impacts and prospects

The economic benefits of Australia’s 10-year mining boom far outweigh the costs, but the Federal Government has not saved enough of the boom’s proceeds to safeguard future Australian budgets.

21 July 2013

Taking university teaching seriously

Australian universities undervalue teaching. As the number of students expands toward 40 per cent of young people, it’s time to give university teaching the priority it deserves.

10 July 2013

The myth of markets in school education

Australia has led the world in giving schools more autonomy and trying to increase school competition. But these policies are not the best way to lift student performance.

16 June 2013

Getting gas right: Australia’s energy challenge

The global gas revolution is poised to create a huge Australian export industry but also significantly raise our domestic gas bills. Calls for protection against high gas prices are getting louder. Government should ignore them, but help the market adapt to a new world.