30 June 2019
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.