1 February 2019
The Federal Government’s proposal to establish a Commonwealth Integrity Commission is an important and timely initiative. But as this Grattan Institute submission shows, the CIC will need more powers and resources than currently proposed if it is to be effective at weeding out corruption and serious misconduct.
23 January 2019
Australians want cheaper power, and they welcome governments taking on the big power companies to deliver that result. But hasty government intervention risks making things worse rather than better. In this submission to a Senate committee, Grattan’s Tony Wood and Guy Dundas warn that a short-term ‘company bashing’ approach may prove counter-productive.
22 November 2018
Federal Labor’s plan to remove refunds for excess franking credits is a fair way to help improve the budget and wind back the growing intergenerational transfers in Australia’s tax system. But there is a better way.
6 September 2018
Electric vehicles offer substantial environmental, social and economic benefits for Australia, and policy makers should do more to encourage their widespread use. In this submission, Grattan’s Tony Wood calls on the COAG Energy Council to support their efficient adoption.
31 July 2018
The draft Code of Conduct issued by the Medical Board of Australia, Good medical practice: A Code of Conduct for doctors in Australia, is deficient. It is silent in several areas where it should not be. In this submission, Grattan’s Stephen Duckett identifies ways to strengthen the code so that patients’ rights come first.
26 July 2018
A tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been offered as one solution to Australia’s increasing obesity problem. While it won’t ‘fix obesity’ on its own, it will likely slow the current growth in rates of obesity, as well as help recover some of the cost to taxpayers.
24 July 2018
The current legislation governing pharmacy ownership in Queensland is more effective in protecting the commercial interests of pharmacy owners than in serving the public interest. Improvements should be made to ensure cost-efficient, high-quality care is available to all consumers.
23 July 2018
In this submission Grattan CEO John Daley and Australian Perspectives Fellow Brendan Coates argue that the Government’s draft Protecting Our Super Bill will substantially reduce the costs of superannuation, resulting in higher superannuation balances at retirement for many Australians. The Bill promises to curb egregious fees charged on inactive accounts and default insurance offered to those that don’t need it. And it may increase competition between superannuation providers a little, lowering superannuation fees.
4 June 2018
The Turnbull Government’s planned personal income tax cuts are the largest ever proposed in a federal budget. As Grattan’s Danielle Wood, John Daley and Hugh Parsonage write in this submission, the substantial reduction in revenue is not obviously consistent with the Government’s medium-term fiscal strategy of budget surpluses on average over the economic cycle.
3 May 2018
The idea that regional Australia has been ‘left behind’ by the big cities is widespread, and politically potent. There is some truth to the sentiment, but it’s important to recognise the nuance behind the concern, write Grattan Institute’s Danielle Wood, John Daley and Carmela Chivers in this submission to a Senate committee inquiry.