Many young people see private health insurance as an unnecessary expense.
Young people continue to cancel their private health insurance despite discounts to entice them to stay. Instead, we should reduce their premiums based on their likelihood of needing health care.
Most inheritances go to middle-aged Australians who don’t need help.
Not only do we not tax inheritances, we actually subsidise them, making the already well off even better off.
The avocado latte is indeed a thing, but young Australians are spending less on luxuries than they used to, while older Australians are spending more.
A new Grattan Institute study finds that for the first time in a long time, young Australians are no better off than those who came before, and are likely to do worse.
Once qualified, men who did a popular engineering-related VET course often worked in high-paid fields such as construction or manufacturing.
Students with lower ATARs generally have lower lifetime earnings. But a Grattan Institute report found low ATAR men could earn more doing a VET course than a bachelor degree in their chosen field.
Only more gas and less demand will shift gas prices. There’s only so much the government can do.
Only an optimist would expect prices to fall after a series of announcements, some of which are to "consider" doing something.
Patients often have little say about the prostheses they’re implanted with.
Health insurance costs are rising and the price of prostheses such as hip replacements are partly to blame. But there is a way to rein in costs – and give patients more choice and better devices.
Open and shut. Most Australians would be worse off over their lifetimes if compulsory super contributions were lifted.
New calculations suggest middle earners will earn less over their lives if compulsory super is ramped up from 9.5% of salary to 12% as scheduled.
There’s a retro quality to Stage 3 of the Coalition’s tax plan, one the parliament ought to carefully consider before saying yes.
The Stage 3 cuts would make Australia's income tax system the least progressive in 60 years.
Compulsory super takes money out of the government’s coffers faster than savings on the pension put it back in.
It is widely believed that compulsory super saves the government money on pensions. It does, but nowhere near enough to pay for the accompanying tax concessions. Lifting compulsory contributions will make things worse, for a century.
More students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are attending university than a decade ago.
University enrolments surged from 2012-2017 due to demand-driven funding. But they were would have risen anyway, perhaps just not as quickly.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s new shadow ministry includes a few surprises, though many of the faces remain the same.
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From Bill Shorten to Kristina Keneally, our experts break down Labor's new shadow ministry – who's in, who's been promoted, and who faces the greatest challenges in their new roles
Morrison’s Cabinet features a few new faces, and several familiar ministers in different roles.
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Scott Morrison's new ministry includes a few new faces and several new roles for familiar cabinet members. Our experts take a closer look at each portfolio.
Our experts take a closer look at what’s in store for the country in five key policy areas: health, tax, education, infrastructure and the environment.
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Now that the Coalition has won the federal election, how will it meet its campaign promises on taxes, the environment, education, health and infrastructure?
It’s a 50km long patch in the middle of Queensland that’s causing a lot of trouble, but many people couldn’t even point it out on a map.
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Everything you need to know – where it is, the environmental impact, Indigenous land rights issues and actual profitability – of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in one simple interactive.
Real estate agents don’t decide rents, landlords do.
The real estate industry acts in its own interests, not those of the tenants it scares.
When political leaders swap suits for hi-viz vests the costs of the promises they make are high, and often not well justified.
The major parties are promising tens of billions of dollars in transport spending, but only a handful of projects are on Infrastructure Australia's national priority list with approved business cases.
One set of policies acknowledges reality.
You can't help first home buyers without making other buyers worse off.
A drop in prices of 0.5% is no drop at all.
Houses will be worth more or less what they would have been, if Labor's policies are adopted, NSW Treasury analysis says.
For bachelor degrees, the pass rates between international and domestic students are similar. But a more complex picture emerges in the postgraduate space.
International and domestic students have similar pass rates at the undergraduate level, but this shouldn't be our only concern.
Labor has promised A$8 billion in new health expenditure, while the Coalition has focused on the difference new pharmaceuticals can make to individual Australians.
Labor and the Coalition's health policies and campaign strategy couldn't be more different this election.