Specify what you want, and that might be all you’ll get, whereas if you are vague…
Counterintuitively, vague incentives are often stronger than clear ones.
The Commission found some super funds treat people very badly, but it was prevented from examining the idea of superannuation.
The Productivity Commission was only permitted to examine the efficiency of the super system. A quarter of a century on, it's time to examine the design of the system and who it helps and hurts.
We find it hard to read forms and to understand risk, so we stick with what we know.
Picking an dud superannuation fund can cost you about 13 years’ pay over a working lifetime, roughly the value of an apartment in Melbourne or Sydney.
Australia’s super system could give us so much more to retire on, without taking more out of our wages.
Increases in super contributions come out of our own pockets. In the past Shorten and Keating have conceded this.
The Productivity Commission can build a case about the economic benefits of unclogging waiting rooms.
The strength of the Productivity Commission inquiry is that it will use an economic rather than a purely health lens.
Artists can be denied control of their creations for life. Bryan Adams at the 2015 AFL Grand Final.
Individual creators get too small a share of copyright's rewards. What Bryan Adams is proposing in Canada could also work in Australia to help authors get paid and keep works available to the public.
The best advice is still to keep track of your super yourself.
Despite recent reforms, the superannuation system is still beset with problems such as high fees and patchy performance. You need to pay attention if you want to make sure your nest egg's in the best hands.
Currently, the employer nominates a fund which people are defaulted into if they don’t make a choice.
The Productivity Commission report recommends young workers should be given a "best in show" shortlist set by a "competitive and independent process."
More Australians are joining the NDIS than predicted, so cost predictions have had to be updated.
Treasurer Scott Morrison abandoned the proposed increase to the Medicare levy to pay for the NDIS. Here's what you need to know about how the NDIS is funded, and how cost predictions have changed.
Advances in machine learning may allow data that is de-identified now to be re-dentified in the future.
Words matter – not just for building trust and understanding, but for weighing up legal issues. So maybe "open" and "shared" aren't the right words to use when we refer to our data.
Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo (right) with Peruvian Foreign Commerce Minister Eduardo Ferreyros after signing a free trade agreement.
Australia recently signed a free trade agreement with Peru and more are on the way. At the same time it is part of a global trend of stealth protectionism among developed countries.
In a new study, various creators described the process of obtaining copyright permission as ‘incredibly stressful’, ‘terrifying’ and ‘a total legal nightmare’.
A new study has found copyright law can act as a deterrent to creation, rather than an incentive for it.
Teaching-focused academics are often considered to be “lesser” academics.
Cultural bias against teaching-only academics will see them get the axe in funding cuts to higher education.
One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching.
Universities now have the incentive and flexibility to respond to student interests, and we shouldn't distract them with policy changes that could make things worse.
Pharmacists aren’t just dispensing machines.
A new productivity report has suggested automated dispensing machines could replace pharmacists.
Scott Morrison on Tuesday said reform was harder now than in the 1990s.
Just as the government hopes it is making progress on the energy conundrum, it finds itself struggling on another front of deep public disgruntlement – the NBN. The rollout of what’s generally considered…
The Productivity Commission has recommended sweeping changes to how infrastructure is governed.
The Productivity Commission has released a mammoth report summarising several years worth of reccomendations.
Healthcare is becoming increasingly important in a services-led economy.
Australia is increasingly a services-led economy. The health sector is not only a big employer, but health care is an important factor in worker productivity.
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures.
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
Australian governments of all persuasions have shared three common beliefs about the economic value of home ownership in later life.
The promotion of home ownership as a way of funding care in later life is part of a broader policy trend toward making people individually responsible for the opportunities they have.