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.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Goodstart Early Learning Centre director Suzan Baljevic read to children at Ryde in Sydney, February 1.
Labor's childcare policy would do more for the economy than either side's proposed tax cuts.
Slicing up to 0.5 percentage points off wage increases for five years would cut wages by 1% of GDP.
In an election about wages, it is bizarre that both sides are planning to raid them to lift compulsory super.
A demand-driven funding model increased enrolments dramatically.
Labor's main election promise for higher education is to restore the demand-driven system of funding, also known as scrapping the "cap" on government funding. Here's why that would be a good policy.
If Labor is relying on a surge of younger voters to deliver it victory then its hopes may be misplaced.
Yes, youth voter enrolment is at an all-time high, but an ageing population means an ageing voter base.
Forgoing dental care causes more pain and costly treatments down the longer term.
All Australians should have access to subsidised dental care, not just pensioners and children.
The Grattan Institute’s Commonwealth Orange Book 2019 serves as a guide for what the next government should do, and what it should not try to do.
The next government can make its own luck, but it needs to focus on what matters and ignore the rest.
School funding isn’t the only thing the government needs to fix to improve school education.
Whoever the federal education minister after the May 18 election, he or she needs to put school funding, evidence for what works and initial teacher training front and centre.
To start with each side offers a “lamington” (Low and Middle Income Tax offset), then the differences get serious.
After some years the Coalition's proposals would cost $40 billion per year more than Labor's, but by then Labor will have probably cut tax further too.
Labor has committed to increase bulk billing for a number of Medicare items for cancer care.
Health has taken centre stage of the election campaign. Here's what you need to know to make sense of the claims (and counter claims) of the major parties so far.
You’ll be OK if you own, but fewer will.
Our retirement incomes system has been built around the assumption that most will own their own homes. New projections suggest it's no longer valid.
The Coalition’s record on health is patchy, at best. Meanwhile, Labor is already campaigning hard on Medicare.
Here's how the Turnbull/Morrison government performed on hospitals, primary care, pharmaceuticals and private health insurance.
Marginal seat, major transport announcement: it must be election time.
The Coalition's infrastructure budgets over this term of government have been around the midpoint of government investment over the past decade. But how projects are chosen leaves a lot to be desired.
The budget tax cuts aren’t tax reform, and probably can’t be paid for over the longer term.
Should the Coalition's $300 billion of tax cuts ever be enacted, they would push the budget back towards deficit.
If your’re wealthy you’ll be able to put more money into super without even working.
If you've got money and are in your mid-60s you'll be able to funnel more into super without even working under a budget plan that makes a mockery of super.