Latest Submissions

5 February 2020

Enhancing the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office

The PBO has quickly established itself as an important part of Australia’s policy landscape. But its role and impact can and should be enhanced. Here’s how.

23 January 2020

Redesigning mental health care

Mental health services in Australia are poorly targeted and need to be redesigned. Here’s how.

6 December 2019

NSW should swap stamp duties for a broad-based property tax

The NSW Government should abolish stamp duties and replace them with a broad-based property tax. This could leave residents $4-5 billion a year better off, while also helping to improve housing affordability.

18 November 2019

The cost risks of Inland Rail

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

How to make Australian politics cleaner and fairer

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 First Home Loan Deposit Scheme could make housing less affordable

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 energy transition: a blueprint for success

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

How to improve palliative care

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

How to strengthen the integrity of Australian politics

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

Off target: why Mercer’s critique of our retirement modelling misses the mark

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.