From heatwaves to droughts to storms, climate change poses one of the biggest health threats to Australians. Yet the federal government makes no mention of it in its strategic health planning.
The royal commission into aged care has opened a priceless window for reform. A Grattan Institute report says this requires more funding, local accountability, and a louder voice for older Australians.
two views on increasing the super contribution.
Michelle Grattan talks with Brendan Coates and Greg Combet about the plans to increase the compulsory superannuation contribution.
economist Danielle Wood on Australia’s ‘blokey’ budget.
This week Michelle Grattan talks to Grattan Institute CEO Danielle Wood about the 'blokey' budget
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Governments of the past 20 years really are less prepared to take difficult decisions than the governments before them.
A high-speed rail network in Australia would create many benefits by reshaping cities and regional communities along its route.
Without spending the money Australia will have a much higher rate of unemployment than it needs for a very long time, new Grattan Institute calculations find.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
New modelling from the Grattan Institute estimates up to 75% of people employed in the creative and performing arts could lose their jobs. Why don't they have targeted support?
The government's retirement incomes review should concentrate on boosting rent assistance and Newstart and fixing the pension assets test. These would achieve more than boosting super.
Our model on an expert career path for top teachers would transform school education, further professionalise learning and lead to students gaining about 18 months of extra learning by age 15.
The release of political donations data reveals the impact of wealthy individuals in the 2019 federal election campaign, as well as the importance of a sizeable war chest to claim power.
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.
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.
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.
About one in five school leavers who start university will not complete a degree within nine years.
Before deciding what to study at which university, high school graduates should consider the drop-out rates, early-career employment prospects and lifetime earnings their program is likely to yield.
Most retirees are financially secure. Many earn more than they did while working, the Grattan Institute finds.
Compelling Australians to put even more into super runs the risk of giving them a better standard of living in retirement than they had while working.
The ACT has Australia’s best state tax system, NSW the worst.
The Grattan Institute says swapping stamp duty for land tax would make Australians up to $17 billion a year better off.
There could be much clearer skies ahead for energy policy if states take the reins.
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The federal government is primarily to blame for the mess that is Australia's energy policy. It's time for the states to step up, to reduce both prices and emissions.
Another election, another infrastructure promise – in the Andrews government’s case, a $50 billion suburban rail loop.
In the election bidding wars, parties commit billions to transport projects, often before all the work needed to justify these has been done. More cost-effective alternatives hardly get a look-in.