18 November 2019
Inland Rail has significant cost risks, and the financial arrangements mean the public may never know whether these risks eventuate. If the project ends up costing more than anticipated, future taxpayers will still be liable.
7 October 2019
Political institutions need to be made more transparent and accountable, to help restore trust in government. As this submission shows, practical, low-cost reforms are available.
25 September 2019
The Morrison Government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme has a fatal flaw: like previous Rudd and Howard government schemes, it tries to fix the housing affordability problem by adding to demand for housing.
3 September 2019
Australia’s commitment to the Paris Agreement means cutting carbon emissions to near zero over the next 30 years. Australia needs new foundations to underpin an historic energy policy reform agenda.
23 August 2019
Palliative care services in Australia are woefully underprovided. People are dying in hospitals when they want to die at home. This is a personal tragedy, and it makes no economic sense.
21 August 2019
The ‘revolving door’ between politics and lobbying roles is a growing challenge in Australia. Effective revolving door restrictions would help to reduce the likelihood of individuals and organisations ‘buying’ influence.
15 August 2019
Retirement incomes policy needs to balance the trade-off between higher living standards when retired against lower living standards when working. Retirement modelling should reflect the reality of Australians’ spending needs, in retirement and beforehand. Unfortunately, Mercer’s critique of Grattan’s retirement research does neither.
15 July 2019
The Putting Members’ Interests First Bill 2019 should be passed at the earliest opportunity. It will stop millions of Australians paying for inappropriate income protection, life, and total & permanent disability cover that they don’t need.
8 July 2019
HELP is a government program established to benefit students. The Commonwealth Government should not require higher education providers to pay for the Department’s administrative costs. If there is be any charge for using HELP, students should pay it.
8 July 2019
In theory, Commonwealth Government funding to the states for public hospital services is supposed to ensure that total payments for public and private patients are equal. In practice, it doesn’t work that way.