Current political intervention in the energy market is haphazard and disconnected.
The energy security crisis has politicians leaping to unveil various schemes. But we don't need piecemeal action – the Finkel review, due in June, aims to create a coherent new energy blueprint.
Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison says the big banks should be able to absorb the cost of a new bank levy.
Treasurer Scott Morrison said Australia's banks have a return on equity about twice that of banks in other advanced economies. Is that right?
The Medicare Guarantee Fund appears to be no more than an accounting trick.
The fund is nothing more than a rebadging exercise in the hope people might think it is a new policy. And it's being used to airbrush public hospitals out of the Medicare picture.
Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Infrastructure has been flagged as a major recipient of federal funds in the 2017 budget.
The Conversation’s economic experts react to the 2017-18 budget measures in the areas of living costs, economic management and infrastructure planning and investment.
The future of the NDIS is seemingly secured in this federal budget.
Health announcements in the federal budget include a slow lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze, money for new medicines, and an increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
What was between the lines of Scott Morrison’s budget speech?
The Conversation's experts annotate Treasurer Scott Morrison's 2017-18 budget speech.
Older Australians are not deterred by financial barriers as much as emotional ones, when it comes to downsizing.
When people do downsize, financial incentives are generally not the big things on their minds. And so most of the budget’s financial incentives will go to those who were going to downsize anyway.
If wages just grow at the rate of the last 12 months, rather than at the higher growth in the budget forecasts, income tax collections will be A$7 billion less for 2019-20.
Wonky forecasts show it's time for a new approach that adopts more conservative forecasts, and makes a genuine commitment to budget repair.
Students will have to stay repaying their loan when they earn $42,000.
Students will now have to pay back more of their loan, and repay quicker.
Catholic schools and over-funded schools will lose out the most.
For the first time, Education Minister Simon Birmingham has proposed a credible plan to deliver needs-based funding.
General practice in Australia needs reform.
Extra funding to GPs from lifting the Medicare Rebate freeze should be used to buy better data, so that future reform can be based on sound evidence.
Australian shareholders could initially benefit from the company tax cut.
Many of the claims about the impact of the company tax are overblown, including the government's estimation of how much it would cost.
Despite all the proposals to combat housing affordability, Scott Morrison will need to make hard political decisions on policies that will actually make a difference.
The latest thought bubbles about using super savings for housing might be less harmful than in the past, but they would be just as ineffective.
Women remain in the minority in treasuries and finance departments.
Women’s participation in economics starts off strong but progressively falls through the ranks.
Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are eyeing value capture as a way to fund projects, but how will they sell a new tax to voters?
Consider these home truths: value capture is a tax, it would need to apply to the family home and deciding which areas it covers would be politically contentious. A broad-based land tax is simpler.
Surprisingly, the places with the most competition have seen some of the biggest price rises.
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Electricity retailers need to make their prices and offers more transparent and easier for customers to understand, or risk having to submit to price regulation to drive down bills.
Pharmacists should be trusted to issue repeat prescriptions and adjust dosages, according to a new report.
A Grattan Institute report released today, Cutting a better drug deal, calls for a major shake-up of pharmacies and pharmaceutical pricing.
What we measure in our health system matters because this is where policy will be focused.
Measurement matters, especially when it comes to health care and how well we are treated if we get sick or have to go to hospital.
As the mining boom winds down, Australia’s non-mining investment may not be enough to protect living standards.
The current subdued level of non-mining business investment may be the "new normal".