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?
The shift in the government’s approach to budget repair requires a level of cognitive dissonance.
The budget trajectory relies on a lot going right at a time when the government hasn't seen many green shoots.
Billions were expected to be saved from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme – but surprisingly the budget only outlines $252 million in savings.
The big surprise about this year’s health budget was what wasn’t there – billions of dollars in expected savings from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
Students living overseas should have to repay their loans.
Overseas debtors should have to repay their student loans, but it won't recoup as much as repayments from deceased estates.
While more information on schools isn’t a bad thing, it won’t lift outcomes.
Expecting the My School website to improve learning outcomes assumes that parents will see a drop in results and move their child to the other school down the road - but markets in education just don't work like this.
Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s figures were taken form the Intergenerational Report, but we should be wary of economic projections that claim to see 40 years into the future.
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Any forecast 30 years ahead is fraught with uncertainty, so we should be wary of warnings Australia was on a trajectory of debt and deficit heading to 122% of GDP.
The competition policy review is just another difficult conversation for the Abbott government.
Big reforms in taxation and competition policy are on the table for the Abbott government, but has it spent too much political capital to get any of them across the line?
‘Four more years’ for NSW Premier Mike Baird, which the crowd chanted as he arrived at the Liberals’ election night party.
Mike Baird's Liberal National coalition has been comfortably returned to government in New South Wales, despite a 9% statewide swing against it on the two-party preferred vote.
Very high GP attenders cost Medicare an average of A$3,202 in 2012-13, compared to an Australian average of A$690.
As well as being responsible for a large share of total costs, people who visit the GP more often are more likely to live in the most disadvantaged areas, and to report being in poor health.
Expansion of the demand driven funding system would be a positive outcome for students, but an expensive one too.
In recent years higher education enrolments have surged. This is triggering many policy issues including ballooning student debt.
Universities should be accountable for their funding, says Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr.
Labor has outlined its plan for universities should it be elected, saying it would be focusing on degree completion rather than enrolment.
How has Medicare spending changed in the last decade?
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Health Minister Sussan Ley is broadly correct on the numbers – but they are framed in a way that overstates the impression of rising health care expenditure.
The 2015 Intergenerational Report gives only half the picture of health care spending.
The Commonwealth appears to have its health outlays more or less under control. The problem for the states, however, is dire.