Catch-up contributions are primarily used by the wealthy, not middle income earners.
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The rhetoric is that "catch-up" superannuation contributions help low income earners. But it's a myth.
Consumers face significant out-of-pocket costs when using their insurance.
The private health insurance is complicated and difficult to navigate. Here's what we need to do to better protect consumers.
Anything wrong with unis spending tuition-fee money on research?
A lack of government guidance on how student tuition fees should be used by universities is resulting in money for teaching being spent on research instead.
Australia’s century-old federation is under strain.
If Australia’s new prime minister wishes to lead a successful 21st-century government, he must tackle the rise in chronic disease and use data to constantly improve the system.
Superannuation savings are the target of an idea that refuses to go away.
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Allowing first home buyers to tap their super would worsen housing affordability, leave many people with less to retire on, and cost taxpayers in the long run.
Holding kids back a grade does more harm than good.
Not only is repeating a year unhelpful, it’s one of the few educational interventions that does a great deal of harm.
More expensive universities aren’t necessarily better, but international students usually think so.
International students are more attracted to universities that charge more, so would price equal quality in the eyes of Aussie students if fees were uncapped?
The graduate employment market is tough. Can your choice of uni affect your outcomes?
Your choice of university may have a significant impact on your life, so it is worth gathering the information needed to make a good decision.
Ineffective care exposes patients to complications and side-effects and waste precious health care resources.
To avoid ineffective treatments, we need a new way to identify and reduce questionable care. A new Grattan Institute report shows how to do it.
Labor wants 50% of Australia’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030 - but what about other climate policies?
Labor's proposal for 50% renewables demonstrates in spades how poisonous climate change politics has trumped good policy.
A leader’s retreat between state premiers and prime minister Tony Abbott will centre around the GST.
Who supports increasing the GST and who is against it? What does 'regressive tax' mean? And who will be worse off? Our experts give the answers.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler say the ALP supports renewables but haven’t yet decided whether and how to price carbon.
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Labor says it hasn't yet decided what climate policy to take to the next election, although this week's leak has bolstered the idea that it will involve carbon pricing – a subject with a long and vexed history for the party.
Public hospital funding is in a critical condition.
Any health reform proposals should start by addressing public hospitals and chronic care. But successful change in these areas requires getting the state-Commonwealth funding and incentives right.
More research can improve how our existing transport infrastructure works.
A research focus on transport can help improve existing infrastructure and guide future developments, and tailor them to Australia's unique needs.
Australians would be left with more to retire on if inefficiencies in the super sector were reduced.
The superannuation sector argues it is competitive, but that doesn't mean it's efficient.
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university.
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Australia needs a better guardrail to stop emissions increasing.
While the recent emissions reduction auction in Australia was a success, much more needs to be done to build an effective climate policy.
Australia has committed to a long-term global average temperature increase to no more than two degrees Celsius – yet often envisions a future in which its is a major coal exporter.
When it comes to climate change and Australia's economic future, different crystal balls can produce vastly different results.
Spending on infrastructure in the federal budget appears to serve mainly political aims.
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The two announcements in the federal budget beg the question: is a piece of infrastructure really needed or is it being built to buy popularity?
Tony Abbott and Greg Hunt at last year’s Green Army launch. Funding for the initiative has been slimmed down but is still more than A$700 million.
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The Federal Budget 2015 makes little mention of emissions reductions or renewable energy, but does feature funding boosts for drought assistance and the Great Barrier Reef. What else is in?