18 August 2019

Generation gap: ensuring a fair go for younger Australians

Today’s young Australians are falling behind. If low wage growth and fewer working hours is the new normal, we could have a generation emerge from young adulthood with lower living standards than the one before it at the same age.

30 June 2019

Budget blues: why the Stage 3 income tax cuts should wait

Federal Parliament should pass the Government’s Stage 1 tax cuts immediately to stimulate the economy. But it should defer consideration of the controversial Stage 3 cuts because they may be unaffordable.

16 April 2019

Commonwealth Orange Book 2019: Policy priorities for the federal government

The winner of the 2019 federal election should defy the national mood of reform fatigue and stare down vested interests to pursue a targeted agenda to improve the lives of Australians. The Orange Book charts the policy priorities.

6 November 2018

Money in retirement: more than enough

The conventional wisdom that Australians don’t save enough for retirement is wrong. The vast majority of retirees today are financially comfortable, and our modelling shows this is likely to be true for most in future. This has big implications for policy.

28 October 2018

State Orange Book 2018: Policy priorities for states and territories

State and territory governments can do more to improve the lives of Australians. In many cases, states are different because their governments adopted better policies. Every state should learn from the others and do better.

9 February 2018

What’s the best way to close the gender gap in retirement incomes?

Australia’s retirement income system is not working for the poorest Australians, who are disproportionately women. Australia has a persistent gender gap in retirement savings and incomes. This means that women, particularly single women, are at greater risk of poverty, housing stress and homelessness in retirement.

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.

4 September 2016

A better super system: assessing the 2016 tax reforms

Winding back superannuation tax breaks is an acid test of our political system. It should be one of the first items of business in the current Parliament.

14 June 2016

Orange Book 2016: priorities for the next Commonwealth Government

Australia faces many domestic policy challenges as the election looms. Yet a survey of seven years of Grattan Institute reports and policy proposals shows that a government prepared to forcefully articulate the public interest could win public support for a brave and powerful reform agenda.

25 April 2016

Hot property: negative gearing and capital gains tax

Reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax would save the government about $5.3 billion a year and improve housing affordability without significantly hurting incentives to save. Change is long overdue.