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.

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 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.

6 December 2015

A GST reform package

Australian governments need to raise more revenue. Collecting more through the GST is one of the better ways to do it. A well designed reform package could support economic growth, retain work incentives and protect the most vulnerable.

14 July 2015

Property Taxes

A modest and broad-based property levy could raise $7 billion a year and would be the best way for states and territories to raise revenue to meet rising budget shortfalls.

1 July 2015

Fiscal challenges for Australia

Even highly optimistic government projections show that Australia is set for a decade of deficits that future generations will have to pay for. Government needs more realistic forecasts that provide a clearer picture of our budgetary problems.

4 May 2014

Budget pressures on Australian governments 2014

Rising health, pension and infrastructure spending will force Australian governments to find savings and tax increases of $70 billion a year by 2024 to balance their budgets. Tough choices are needed.