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 New projections suggest it's no longer valid.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.
The Morrison government’s infrastructure budget favours Victoria, in a change from recent budgets.
Despite boasts of 'record' infrastructure spending, relative to GDP it's comparable to previous budgets. What's different is that Treasurer Frydenberg has chanced his arm more over the longer term.
Frydenberg may claim education is critical to the prosperity of our country, but his budget does not reflect this.
The government has delivered a pretty disappointing budget for education, with no secure funding for early childhood education and a recycled commitment of $300 for schools.
The budget provides some short-term boosts for aged care and mental health but little opportunity for much-needed structural reform.
The budget includes a step towards modernising Medicare, through a new annual payment for each person with diabetes who signs up with a specific GP.
Budget papers ready for packing at a printing facility in Canberra on Sunday afternoon. The budget will be delivered on Tuesday night.
The promised surpluses won't last unless we stop giving older Australians more and more and asking them to pay less and less.
When did you last visit the dentist?
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Unlike health care for the rest of our body, dental care mostly comes out of our own pocket – and it's not cheap. Many Australians go without and their health suffers.
Commuters at Epping train station board replacement buses during work on the line for the Sydney Metro, the biggest of all the promised projects.
The major parties are promising projects costing tens of billions of dollars, with a surprisingly large overlap between them. Yet only two have been endorsed by infrastructure authorities.
The funding gap between the most and least well-off schools has grown over the last ten years.
Schools funding doesn't pass the playground test of fairness: state schools get less government funding than governments themselves say the schools need.
Premium subsidies encourage Australians to take out and keep private health insurance.
Subsidies for private health insurance premiums cost the government over A$6 billion a year. Is it time to scrap the rebate and redirect these funds elsewhere in the health system?
Labor wants young Australians defaulted into insurance the Productivity Commission says most don’t need.
Labor's proposed amendments to the Coalition's Protecting Your Super Bill would have cost young Australians $400 million a year.
Restricted powers and a small budget are major concerns with the proposed federal integrity commission.
Corrupt politicians and public servants will be under the spotlight of the new federal corruption watchdog. But if its proposed powers are any clue, it will have neither bark nor bite. Here's why.
Released political donations data found nearly 90% of declared donations to the Tassie Liberals were from gambling groups.
Today the Commonwealth has released data on political donations. It shows high levels of donations from the gambling industry to political parties.