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Dr Karl shouldn’t be afraid of getting political - as long as he’s doing it for science, not politicians. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Dr Karl didn’t breach ethics, but now he should spruik the science

Dr Karl has been criticised for fronting adverts for a government report he turned out not to agree with. But despite his lapse in judgement, he hasn't seriously breached his journalistic ethics.
Housing security matters for older Australians like the residents of Millers Point, Sydney, who fear having to make way for development. AAP/Hugh Peterswald

Suitable, affordable housing is key to our population ageing well

Without affordable and secure housing that meets the needs of older Australians, the nation cannot hope to sustain the productivity that is needed to secure future prosperity.
Traffic congestion in the major cities is expected to cost Australians A$20.4 billion a year by 2020. Image sourced from

The tenuous link between population and prosperity

Linking population growth with productivity and labour participation is problematic, just one of many questionable assumptions made in the Intergenerational Report.
Australia’s projected population for 2050 in the fourth Intergenerational Report is 1.9 million larger than the 35.9 million projected by the third report. AAP/Joe Castro

Population growth could go far beyond IGR projections

How appropriate were the fourth Intergenerational Report's demographic assumptions? Should greater attention be paid to the potential consequences of population growth?
The Pre-election Fiscal and Economic Outlook is prepared by the Treasurer’s advisers, but the Intergenerational Report is the Treasurer’s document. Lukas Coch/AAP

Time to rethink the Charter of Budget Honesty

Forecasts released under the Charter of Budget Honesty are on the wrong time horizon and need greater transparency.
Treasurer Joe Hockey didn’t mention climate change in his speech on Australia’s prospects for 2055. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Climate is an intergenerational issue, but the report ducked it

Climate change barely rates a mention in the Intergenerational Report, despite the huge potential costs. Peter Christoff says the only way to overcome this short-sightedness is to end the politics and make the review independent.
Treasurer Joe Hockey said the Intergenerational Report was ‘a social compact between the generations’. AAP/Lukas Coch

Hockey looks to elderly for Australian prosperity

By mid-century, Australia will have about 40,000 people aged 100 and above – well more than 300 times the 122 centenarians there were in 1975, according to the Intergenerational Report released on Thursday.
Women and older people form two ‘armies’ Treasurer Joe Hockey is hoping will help protect Australia’s future prosperity. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Hockey looks to ‘armies’ in Intergenerational Report: experts react

Experts question where the jobs for older Australians will come from.
Joe Hockey’s Intergenerational Report, though scary in parts, is basically a lesson in compound interest. Lukas Coch/AAP

Intergenerational Report: Joe Hockey and the deathly budget hallows

By bringing previous government policy into the Intergenerational Report, Treasurer Joe Hockey has overlooked many questions Australians want answers to now.
The Intergenerational Report is to frame the story for Treasurer Joe Hockey’s second budget. AAP/Mick Tsikas

No pressure Joe, but you are back in the spotlight

The government wants the public to take several political messages out of the Intergenerational Report Joe Hockey is releasing on Thursday.

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