28 June 2020

The Recovery Book: what Australian governments should do now

To help Australia recover from the COVID-19 recession, the Government should inject $70 billion to $90 billion in extra economic stimulus, including revamping and extending JobKeeper.

19 April 2020

Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock

Between 14 and 26 per cent of Australian workers could be thrown out of work as a direct result of the coronavirus shutdown, and the crisis will have an enduring impact on jobs and the economy for years to come.

2 February 2020

No free lunch: higher super means lower wages

Our analysis of 80,000 federal workplace agreements shows that about 80 per cent of the cost of increases in super is passed to workers through lower wage rises within the life of an enterprise agreement.

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.

4 March 2018

Housing affordability: re-imagining the Australian dream

Low interest rates, policy changes and restrictive planning have doubled house prices in 20 years. It’s time for governments to open the gate to more housing and stem rising public anxiety about housing affordability.

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.