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One reason universities might not achieve good student outcomes is that they do not spend enough money on teaching. Shutterstock

Performance funding is not the way to improve university 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.
Scott Morrison on Tuesday said reform was harder now than in the 1990s. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison finds his productivity report is useful for Labor too

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…
Healthcare is becoming increasingly important in a services-led economy. Shutterstock

Why reforming health care is integral for our 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. Dean Lewins/AAP

The government is backing the wrong industries, as our economy changes: Productivity Commission

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. shutterstock

Three reasons the government promotes home ownership for older Australians

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.
Australians should be able to do more than just access and transfer their own consumer data. www.shutterstock.com

Data availability report presents compromised rights for consumers

The Productivity Commission’s report on data availability and use is disappointing for consumers, who won't be able to stop firms collecting their data or challenge automated decisions made using it.
The latest snapshot of Australian health funding reveals who’s footing the bill, among other worrying health statistics. from www.shutterstock.com

Sobering health stats in latest Productivity Commission report

The latest Productivity Commission health report reveals some serious problems with out-of-pocket health expenses as well as disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.
With 700,000 vulnerable Australians depending on public housing, any proposal to change its status is likely to set off alarm bells. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Productivity Commission stance has potential for social housing gains

The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.

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