Will Treasurer Scott Morrison revive the Ghosts of Budgets Past in this year’s budget speech?
Having made a commitment to reduce spending, the federal government will have its work cut out with this year's budget, which may require revisiting policy ideas that have caused it pain in the past.
It’s become conventional wisdom that Australia has an infrastructure deficit – with remarkably little discussion of what that even means.
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How can we tell whether we have an infrastructure deficit? And if we do, how big is it?
Everyone wants to believe in unicorns…
They're the lines you sometimes hear before or after budgets from governments and commentators of all persuasions. The problem is they go against reality.
Investment in renewables has slowed to trickle.
Renewable energy has had a rough time in Australia. Good climate policy could fix that.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen rejected BIS Shrapnel modelling the first time.
Modelling on negative gearing has been reheated but its visible flaws should be noted.
State Premiers like Daniel Andrews are always keen to point out any inequality in federal funding decisions.
If the system was fixed project funding would be more likely to be based on merit.
$4 billion of student loan debt is likely to never be repaid by 2025.
Academic experts respond to the latest report by the Parliamentary Budget Office on the impact of student loans on the budget.
The government’s proposal looks like nothing more than a cost shifting exercise.
The prime minister's proposal to cease federal funding for public schools is a response to a budgetary problem, not a way to improve educational outcomes.
Hospital funding has long been the subject of acrimonious and unedifying funding disputes between the federal and state governments.
The Commonwealth wants to partially reverse the cuts it made to public hospital funding in the 2014 budget. But the deal has some unwelcome strings attached.
Large-scale solar projects have been highlighted for investment in the new fund.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a new "Clean Energy Innovation Fund". But will it generate much-needed investment in the sector?
The solution is not necessarily more of the same, or more funding.
In a time of growing populations, hospitals must guarantee access, ensure quality, minimise the chances of anything going wrong, and do it all within the available budget. So they need to change.
About a third of property investors are positively geared.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned that Labor's negative gearing policy would deliver "massive shocks" to the residential housing market and drive all investors away. Does that claim stack up?
About a million Australians now have diabetes.
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Better primary care could have prevented more than a quarter-of-a-million hospital admissions for health problems such as diabetes each year.
Should universities ditch the ATAR and use other ways to select students onto courses?
The ATAR system is cheap and efficient, but it means students are selected to go to university on the basis of a single score which some have claimed is too simplisitc. Is it time for a new system?
Australia’s anti-dumping regime pushes up prices on everyday products, even though we don’t realise this.
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The Productivity Commission's take-no-prisoners report on our anti-dumping regime was met with an odd silence.
More than three in every four Medicare-billed pathology tests are analysed by one of two big corporations: Sonic Healthcare and Primary Health Care.
Industry consolidation and technological advances have completely reshaped the pathology industry over recent decades. But the way governments pay for pathology services hasn’t kept up.
Negative gearing: the perfect fixer upper?
Negative gearing is not the housing saviour those in the industry claim it to be.
Is it fair to compare Australia’s economy to Greece’s?
Australia is not Greece. There is no budget emergency in the sense of a patient flat-lining on the operating table. But Australia is like someone who is obese, unfit, and eating too much cheese.
The scene for change has been set. But will the health minister act?
We start 2016 with big challenges for the health system and uncertainty as to how governments will meet them.
Most of the new schools needed will be primary schools.
Inner-city parents in urban redevelopment zones are the most likely to have problems getting their children into a government school.